England player ratings: ‘Masterful’ Freddie Steward dominates the air as Ben Earl shows carrying power
2024/02/10

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After a narrow 16-14 win against Wales in the Six Nations clash at Twickenham, here are the player ratings for England. Freddie Steward had a masterful performance as full-back, excelling under high balls and making impressive attacking plays. Tommy Freeman had a quieter game compared to last weekend but was a solid chasing option. Henry Slade's defense is a work in progress, but he showed effort on both sides of the ball. Fraser Dingwall may not be a big threat in carrying, but he was a smart operator and scored a try. Elliot Daly improved on the wing, showcasing great skills and making good breaks. George Ford controlled the game in the final 25 minutes, despite the need for improvement in the attack. Alex Mitchell had another strong performance, excelling in basics and kicking. Sam Underhill had strong defensive hits, but there is a need for a more poaching player in the back-row. Ethan Roots had a great debut, but his performance was not as good this time with a needless yellow card. Ollie Chessum had a solid effort with some good moments after the break. Maro Itoje performed well as lock, leading the defensive effort alongside Underhill. Will Stuart had a solid scrum and provided good carrying options, but needs to secure the starting tighthead shirt. Jamie George had a good set-piece effort as hooker, despite some lineout issues. Joe Marler faced difficulties in the scrum due to Welsh tactics. The replacements made an impact, with Ellis Genge and Dan Cole winning scrum penalties and Alex Coles and Chandler Cunningham-South being a menace defensively. Theo Dan carried superbly despite limited playing time.

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