England 16-14 Wales: Six Nations player ratings from Twickenham
2024/02/10

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England:

Freddie Steward, known for his attacking force, had an early slashing break but then became safe as ever under the high ball. Tommy Freeman showcased his attacking threat in Rome, but was denied chances to repeat it. Henry Slade showed strength in defense but had limited opportunities to display his attacking prowess. Fraser Dingwall's first senior try helped England make a comeback. Elliot Daly failed to make a significant impact in attack. George Ford's 93rd Test began with a non-conversion but he recovered well, especially with his tactical kicking. Alex Mitchell improved as the game progressed, making vital attacking breaks before being replaced. Joe Marler had a strong performance in the scrum. Jamie George displayed power in the front row and proved to be an inspirational leader. Will Stuart provided defensive excellence and added solidity to the England pack. Maro Itoje's imposing presence and vital tackles made it one of his best games. Ollie Chessum had an early yellow card and was later taken off for a head injury assessment but recovered well. Ethan Roots left England with 13 players after a sin-bin, but performed impressively. Sam Underhill performed well in the back row but was not at his best. Ben Earl's influential forward play included scoring England's first try. The replacements made various impacts, with some receiving scores of 5 and others scoring higher.

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Wales:

Cameron Winnett, the full-back, impressed in the first half. Josh Adams looked comfortable in the right-wing slot but wanted to make a bigger attacking impression. George North's return from injury did not live up to expectations. Nick Tompkins had a steady and outstanding defensive game. Rio Dyer was Wales's best back, particularly threatening in the first half. Ioan Lloyd struggled against George Ford. Tomos Williams demonstrated strength and has solidified his place as Wales's No 9. Gareth Thomas had important carries and held his own in the scrum. Elliot Dee was a constant nuisance and performed well in the set-piece against Jamie George. Keiron Assiratti struggled after being injured early on. Dafydd Jenkins, despite his young age, was impressive in the lineout. Adam Beard had an excellent performance, making vital tackles. Alex Mann's try on his first Test start turned the game in Wales's favor. Tommy Reffell was a menace at the breakdown and the best performer in the pack. Aaron Wainwright was strong and played a key role in the penalty try. The replacements made contributions at various scores, with one receiving a yellow card that gave England a late chance of victory.

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