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England’s backline was largely operating on scraps and Slade starved. Felt like a step backwards from how influential he was against Italy, but made some key defensive reads. 6/10 England vs Wales, wales vs england, England v Wales, england wales rugby, england wales, england v wales 2024, wales v england, wales v england 2024, england vs wales six nations 2024


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England just edged Wales at Twickenham thanks to a second-half performance that saw them claw back the visitors and ultimately overtake them for the victory. 

Ability under the high ball feels like a cheat code at times. Surprised Wales, his team-mates and even himself with line breaks at the start and end of the game. 7/10

His main contribution in the first half was to pack down at flanker and produced a try-saving tackle on Josh Adams. England failed to use him as an attacking weapon. 6/10

England’s backline was largely operating on scraps and Slade starved. Felt like a step backwards from how influential he was against Italy, but made some key defensive reads. 6/10

The try covered a multitude of sins - from George North running straight through him, to not holding his line before passing to Daly. 5/10

Invariably involved in England’s best attacking moments and produced a skillful if unconventional assist for Dingwall’s score. Still adapting to Felix Jones’ defensive system. 7/10

His performance will be remembered for the non-conversion which is a shame as he personified England’s defensive grit, kicked a gorgeous 50-22 and passed beautifully. 8/10

Box kicking was generally on the money without always getting the spoils and is timing his snipes much better than at the World Cup. 7/10

Deserves an assist for the Earl try for holding the scrum steady without the support of a flanker behind him. A busy shift overall with some dominant tackles. 7/10

Emptied the tank defensively, setting the tone for his team-mates to follow. Twickenham was loud in the last quarter but not quite the bearpit he wants it to become. 7/10

Starting to grow into the role of starting tighthead. Put in a stack of big meaty hits and carries but slipped off a tackle for Mann’s try. 6/10

His monster tackle on Lloyd to force a turnover when England were down to 13 men was probably the game’s defining moment. Not much else to shout . 7/10

Spent most of the first half off the pitch from a harsh yellow card and then suffering his own head injury assessment. Came up with a chargedown. 6/10

Struggled to match the heights of last week, losing the ball in contact deep inside the Welsh 22 before conceding a penalty and yellow card for killing a maul. 5/10

In his element during a 25-phase defensive stand and put in a proper rib-tickler on Thomas. Also came up with a sack on a maul. However, is he too similar to Roots? 7/10

Relishing his role of being England’s main man. Brought some serious big-boy energy off the back of a seven-man scrum for his try. 8/10

Theo Dan (for George, 73) 6, Ellis Genge (for Marler, 51) 7, Dan Cole (for Stuart, 51) 7, Alex Coles (for Roots, 73) 6, Chandler Cunningham-South (for Underhill, 64) 7, Danny Care (for Mitchell, 69)  Unused: Fin Smith, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso

England started to gain the ascendancy at the scrum once Genge and Cole came on while Cunningham-South again had a couple of eye-catching involvements. 6/10

A solid performance. Exploited space behind England’s back three with varying success. A fine try-saving tackle on Daly before slicing the hosts open with an intrepid run. 7/10

A much more composed performance than last week. Spilled Lloyd’s floating kick but his sharp footwork but gave Wales the go-forward for Mann’s try. 7/10

The old boy’s still got it. Recovered well after straying out of position in the opening exchanges. The veteran centre showed glimpses of his best. 7/10

The challenge is to involve him more as a ball carrier. His disjointed midfield partnership with North epitomised Wales’ lack of clarity in attack. 5/10

Dealt with an early cross-field kick when he had Elliot Daly on his shoulder. Showed great intuition to race out of the blocks and disrupt Ford’s conversion. 7/10

Tried to exploit space out wide but his lack of experience told when he was ambushed by Maro Itoje five metres out which led to Earl powering over. 5/10

Hoofed a series of unconvincing box - and clearance kicks - which invited unnecessary pressure, but ran a fine support line for Mann’s score. 6/10

Delivered a fine shift and was involved with some patient phase play in the loose with a flurry of buffeting carries. 5/10

The good news is that the creases in the line out have been ironed out. Fine accuracy with his arrows and carried hard. 6/10

Recovered well from Ollie Chessum’s high tackle but didn’t have a lot to shout . Hooked for Archie Griffin before the hour mark. 5/10

An industrious display from Wales’ baby-faced assassin. Brought a calmness to proceedings and embodied his side’s much-improved defence. 6/10

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