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There were plenty of standout performances from both starters and substitutes as England kicked off their Autumn Nations Series campaign with a comfortable win over Tonga at Twickenham on Saturday.

Last updated: 21/06/21 18:49

Henry Slade was named man of the match in England’s victory over Tonga

Let’s take a look at how they rated the English players when they opened their Autumn Nations Series campaign with a 69-3 win over Tonga at Twickenham …

Freddie Steward: The Leicester Tigers man uses his big frame to good effect and is hard to stop. Against Tonga, he was unbeatable in the air. 7/10

Adam Radwan: The Newcastle Falcons winger has just two international caps and his goal tally is already at four after opening the scoring for England in this match. 7th

England crosses Tonga in Farrell’s absence

England shrugged off captain Owen Farrell’s forced absence from Covid with a comfortable 69-3 win over Tonga.

Henry Slade: Appointed man of the match and played freely as a central winger where he exposed the Tongan defense. 8th

Manu Tuilagi: A first test run since March 2020 and it was like it had never been away, with a couple of particularly notable transports putting Tonga on its back foot. 7th

Gianni May: Two tries lift his record to 35 in 67 appearances and only Rory Underwood, ahead of him on England’s all-time scorer list, can compare. 7th

George Furbank: Although deployed primarily as a full-back from club Northampton Saints, he was asked to fill the void left by Owen Farrell’s absence at the opening half and showed vision in attack. 7th

Ben Young has taken two tries for England

Ben Young has taken two tries for England

Very young: Another of the old English guard, the scrum half with the most international appearances, finished with two tries. 7th

Ellis Genge: The pylon showed his strength to unleash through the defense of Tonga and organized a goal for Maro Itoje. 7th

Jamie George: Initially omitted from the England fall squad and was on a mission to prove Eddie Jones wrong, grabbing two tries in the process. 7th

Kyle Sinckler: He conceded an early penalty in a scrum, but was otherwise fraught with intent in a tough battle on offense. 7th

Marcus Smith had a big impact from the substitutes' bench

Marcus Smith had a big impact from the substitutes’ bench

Maro Itoje: One of the icons of this generation of English players, the Saracens man was a typically influential presence in England’s engine room and went through for a try. 7th

Jonny Hill: A player trying to cement his place in the second row and this display will not have done him any harm. 7th

Courtney Lawes: Appointed captain in Farrell’s absence, he must have pushed Slade hard for the man of the match role. Lawes was everywhere, as evidenced by his meta-rescue tackle. 8th

Sam Underhill: Substituted at half-time after taking a hit on the head during a tackle, but up until then he had been physical. 6th

Tom Curry: It is not as ubiquitous as usual and its passage to n. 8 is still in progress. 6th

Substitutions: Marcus Smith garnered cheers from the crowd when he came off the bench and was an afternoon star as he ran into one try and placed two more. A superstar in the making. Alex Mitchell and Jamie Blamire also capped the cameos with attempts. 8th



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