Ben Earl produces dynamic display

1. Joe Marler

Justified his departure. Pounced for a major jackal in the first few minutes. I can’t take much credit for his try-scoring header, but it was handy. 7/10
Telegraph Reader Rating: 6.1

2. Jamie George

There were further faults on the lineout and George fumbled just before half-time after England had headed towards the corner. Nevertheless remains an essential leader. 7/10
Telegraph Reader Rating: 5.9

3. Kyle Sinckler

Fairly robust in scrum and often available to carry or pick off passes. Grew into the game and almost sent Lawes clear in the second half. 6/10
Telegraph Reader Rating: 5.3

4. Maro Itoje

Rose to put pressure on Japan’s throw before Ludlam’s try, then made a move upfield. The dull tackle generated a turnover. 7/10
Telegraph Reader Rating: 5.9

5. Ollie Chessum

Quietly excellent in the opener and meshed well with Lawes and Itoje in the lineup, helping to spoil the Japanese platform. 7/10
Telegraph Reader Rating: 6.0

6. Courtney Lawes (c)

Phenomenal against Argentina and lots of big contributions here. He took down a lineout to end the first quarter, was carried prominently and stayed alert to score. 7/10
Telegraph Reader Rating: 6.9

7. Ben Earl

Cornered for penalties that gave Japan the first six points and part of a lineout mix-up, he was England’s leader afterward. Effervescent at the end of the game. 8/10
Telegraph Reader Rating: 7.8

8. Lewis Ludlam

Steve Borthwick’s hard-working utility man burst through for a vital try and was typically hard-working. He struck with his last act, which was unfortunate. 7/10
Telegraph Reader Rating: 6.4


Theo Dan for Georges, 74 years old

Ellis Genge for Marler, 59 years old

Will Stuart for Sinckler, 50

George Martin for Lawes, 64.

Billy Vunipola for Ludlam, 50 years old

Ben Youngs for Mitchell, 59 years old

Marcus Smith for Intendant, 69 years old

Ollie Laurent for Tuilagi, 69 years old

The bench men dominated Japan, justifying the way Steve Borthwick ordered his 23-strong squad. Youngs and Smith were particularly lively while Vunipola and Genge provided punch, clinching a bonus point for England. Martin has also settled into his role well.

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