PLAYER RATINGS – Maro Itoje just as effective at No 6

ENGLAND VS GEORGIA PLAYER RATINGS – Hat-trick hero Jamie George makes the most of the front row’s good work while Maro Itoje is just as effective in unfamiliar No 6 role

  • England secured 40-0 bonus point win vs Georgia to start Autumn Nations Cup 
  • Jamie George scored a hat-trick in all-round fine performance from the hooker
  • Maro Itoje still showed his quality playing in an unfamiliar No 6 position

England got their Autumn Nations Cup campaign off to a convincing start with a 40-0 bonus point win over Georgia.

Jamie George became the first ever hooker to score a hat-trick for England, while Jack Willis also crossed over for a try on his debut and Elliot Daly also got on the scoresheet.

Sportsmail runs the rule over every player for England as Eddie Jones’ men strolled to victory at Twickenham…

Jamie George was hat-trick hero as England beat Georgia 40-0 at Twickenham for bonus pont

Back after injury and showed brilliant piece skill keeping ball in play in first half. Lively throughout and neat finish for try after Joseph cut Georgia apart.

Tackles 0 Runs 8 Metres 43

Jonathan Joseph 6

Showed willing to come off his wing and swapped with flanks with May but off injured after 38 minutes after creating England’s fourth with great break.

Tackles 1 Runs 5 Metres 27

Ollie Lawrence 6

Starved of the ball as England’s big boys up front took the energy out of the Georgian pack but deserves another look from Eddie Jones.

Tackles 0 Runs 4 Metres 2

Henry Slade was the most creative England back and staked his claim for a Lions starting spot

Henry Slade 7

Probably the most creative England back on display and was noticeable how he swapped positions with Lawrence now and then. Could be Lions 13 or 12.

Tackles 1 Runs 2 Metres 2

Jonny May 6

Wasted one chance with bizarre kick when there was an overlap but busy enough and did his work under high balls. Still enduring try famine.

Tackles 3 Runs 9 Metres 35

Owen Farrell (capt) 6

Was obviously playing to a plan early on and stuck to it to the letter but once the game was won he showed more ambition.

Tackles 7 Runs 1 Metres 3

Ben Youngs was rightly trusted to execute Eddie Jones’ plan and boxed kicked well throughout

Ben Youngs 7

Like Farrell Eddie Jones trusts Youngs to play to a plan. He did it, box kicked well and looked as good as ever before being replaced after 61 minutes.

Tackles 0 Runs 2 Metres 8

Ellis Genge 6

Only lasted 47 minutes as England concentrated on the scrum before the break and held up at the set-piece in desperate conditions.

Tackles 4 Runs 6 Metres 10

George became the first hooker to score three for England and did other parts of game well

Jamie George 9

First England hooker to score a hat-trick in Tests making the most of his mates’ work up front. But set-piece nuts and bolts of his game excellent too.

Tackles 6 Runs 5 Metres 10

Will Stuart 6

Another prop who did 47 minutes before going off but made his mark by winning a couple of scrum penalties against a big Georgian front row.

Tackles 3 Runs 4 Metres 0

Charlie Ewels 6

Did well in the line out as England put the squeeze on Georgia for two pushovers by Jamie George. Not started since Six Nations opener but decent show.

Tackles 7 Runs 1 Metres 2

Joe Launchbury 7

First England start since the 2019 World Cup and gave Wasps mate Willis a good shove over for England’s first. Big tackle count on top.

Tackles 14 Runs 6 Metres 6

Maro Itoje was deployed in the back row but looked as comfortable as he always does

Maro Itoje 8

Best lock in the world so of course he was played at No.6 but it makes no difference. He was all arms and legs and all over the park.

Tackles 11 Runs 4 Metres 8

Jack Willis 7

King of the turnovers was at it again on his overdue Test debut and got on the scoreboard after 14 minutes but replaced after 46 minutes graft.

Tackles 4 Runs 9 Metres 10

Billy Vunipola 7

Big Billy has been back into his stride during the two Tests post-lockdown and was England’s focal point as they sapped the Georgian defence before opening up.

Tackles 9 Runs 13 Metres 26

Eddie Jones will be pleased with how England got their Autumn Nations Cup underway

Substitutes:

Eddie Jones replaced his props earlier than usual after their first half graft gave a Max Malins and Ben Earl some decent game time as England turned the screw. Scrum-half Dan Robson played the last quarter and bagged a score but could have had longer.

Used: Tom Dunn 5, Mako Vunipola 6, Kyle Sinckler 6, Ben Earl 7, Tom Curry 6, Dan Robson 6, Max Malins 6

Georgia:

Khmaladze 5; Tabutsadze 5, Kveseladze 6, Sharikadze (capt) 5, Svanidze 5; Abzhandadze 5, Aprasidze 5; Nariashvili 6, Mamukashvili 7, Gigashvili 6, Jaiani 5, Kerdikoshvili 6, Saghinadze 6, Tkhilaishvili 7, Gorgadze 7

Replacements: Bregvadz 5, Gogichashvili 5, Kaulashvili 4, Giorgadze 5, Jalagonia 5, Lobzhanidze 4, Javakhia 5

Not used: Todua

Referee: Nigel Owens (WALES)




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