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England player ratings: Half-backs shines in huge England victory in Tokyo

England put Japan to the sword with a comfortable 52-17 victory in Tokyo, setting Steve Borthwick’s team up nicely for their tour to New Zealand. 

Eight tries from eight different scorers steered Steve Borthwick’s men to victory over former coach Eddie Jones, but the performances of Marcus Smith, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso and Chandler Cunningham-South were true standouts.

Here are our England player ratings.

England player ratings:

George Furbank-6

Quiet first-half, but got more into the game later on. Became much more of a link to the wide channels too, which helped to bring out the best in Immanuel Feyi-Waboso.

Immanuel Feyi-Waboso-9

Really went looking for work in the tight and made his typical impact in the contact too. Grabbed a try for his efforts, and nearly had a second too.

Henry Slade-8

His kicking out-of-hand proved crucial in setting up England’s two opening tries, and did his job well in other areas. Scored a nice try too.

Ollie Lawrence-6

Grew into the game as it went on, and was at the heart of Marcus Smith’s try. Became much more of a threat at the line in the latter stages.

Tommy Freeman-6

Quiet by his usual standards, but was very powerful in the contact and went looking for work.

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Marcus Smith-9

There was plenty of pressure on the Quins ace ahead of the game, but he lived up to the billing. He scored a fine try to give England the ascendancy, but his two assists showcased what he can do. Did cop a yellow card though.

Alex Mitchell-8

Gave England precious reprieve with some good box-kicks, and when he had the chance sniped well. Also notched two assists and got one himself.

Bevan Rodd-6

Got off to a slow start, but improved as the game went on. His quick-thinking created the opportunity for Feyi-Waboso’s score.

Jamie George-6

Solid in both the scrum and the lineout, which gave England a good platform to build from after a fast Japanese start.

Dan Cole-6

Decent in the set-piece, and got involved in the ugly stuff.

Maro Itoje-6

Not a world-beating performance, but he put himself about in defence and made some decent dents in the Japanese line.

George Martin-6

Workhorse performance from Martin. Got heavily involved in the breakdown, and was very strong in defence.

Chandler Cunningham-South-9

A brilliant showing from the Quins back-rower. Incredibly powerful in the contact areas throughout the game, which was epitomised with his try, and really put himself about in defence. England have really lacked a player of his ilk for some time.

Sam Underhill-8

A solid showing from Sam Underhill. Really strong in defence as usual, and was a menace in the breakdown too. Scored a well-deserved try for his efforts.

Ben Earl-7

Scored a deserved try, and was overall very good in most areas of the game.


Theo Dan-6

Continued the good work of Jamie George in the set-piece, but added some more power in attack.

Joe Marler-6

Turned the scrum into more of a weapon to attack from, and won a few penalties.

Will Stuart-6

His improvements in the scrum really came to the fore, and changed it into a real threat.

Charlie Ewels-4

A brief cameo, but ultimately saw red for a dangerous clear-out.

Tom Curry-6

A delight to see him back in an England shirt after a torrid time with injury. Got heavily involved in most areas of the game too.

Harry Randall-7

Took his try really well, and added some zip to England’s attack. Has done his chances of playing against New Zealand no harm at all.

Fin Smith-6

A decent showing in his short spell. Utilised a different attack to M. Smith, but it was just as effective.

Tom Roebuck-6

Strong debut from the Sharks man. Did well with ball-in-hand, and posed plenty of questions.

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