PLAYER RATINGS England 12-11 South Africa - Autumn Internationals 2018

PLAYER RATINGS England 12-11 South Africa - Autumn Internationals 2018

England started its autumn schedule with a narrow win over South Africa on Saturday in Twickenham.

Winger Sibusiso Nkosi scored the only attempt of the match, while Handre Pollard added six penalty points but missed a hard kick to win late.

All 12 points in England came from penalties, with Owen Farrell converting three of them. Sportsmail's LUKE AUGUSTUS and SIMON MILLS were in Twickenham to evaluate the players involved.

Owen Farrell shone as England beat 12-11 at South Africa's Twickenham Stadium on Saturday

Owen Farrell shone as England beat 12-11 at South Africa's Twickenham Stadium on Saturday

Owen Farrell shone as England beat 12-11 at South Africa's Twickenham Stadium on Saturday

England by Simon Mills

fifteen) ELLIOT DALY – 6

Highly talented footballer, but unsure of high ball and could have made better decisions in the attack. Has achieved a great punishment at a distance.

14) JACK NOWELL – 6

Lively through and as he searched for work and sought a key man in the revival of England in the second half.

13) HENRY SLADE – 6

The fourth consecutive start was at 1pm, showing nice touches and kicks, but there was a worrying room between him and Ben Te & oo in the defense.

12) BEN TE'O – 6

Well kept, with only 29 minutes played for Worcester. Defense strong, but attack without weapons could cost him in the future.

11) JONNY MAY – 6

Five attempts in the previous five Tests and as England came to the fore, he frightened South Africa after the break.

10) OWEN FARRELL – 8

Massive demonstration of the authority of the English captain. Nice break, defensively solid and an excellent goal to win a tight game.

Co-captain Farrell was in good form on his kick, scoring nine of England's 12 points

Co-captain Farrell was in good form on his kick, scoring nine of England's 12 points

Co-captain Farrell was in good form on his kick, scoring nine of England's 12 points

9) BEN YOUNGS – 6

Well kicked to keep South Africa at bay in the first half when England was under pressure.

1) ALEC HEPBURN – 5

Well asserted in the scrum but little else before Eddie Jones replaced him at halftime with the more solid Ben Moon.

2) DYLAN HARTLEY – 7

Has outdone the acclaimed Malcolm Marx. Right on the lineout and grabbed a useful opposition ball.

3) KYLE SINCKLER – 7

Fitted well against a world-class scrummager in Kitshoff, lively in defense and around the field to get the ball in the hands.

# 3 Kyle Sinckler was vivid in defense in a tough fight for England in western London

# 3 Kyle Sinckler was vivid in defense in a tough fight for England in western London

# 3 Kyle Sinckler was vivid in defense in a tough fight for England in western London

4) MARO ITOJE – 6

Scrappy starts with penalties and then a yellow card, which is ready to fight in the fight against Etzebeth.

5) GEOGRE KRUIS – 6

Reasonable all-round effort and go when South Africa's heavier pack runs out of air.

6) BRAD SHEILDS – 7

Impressive game from a no-frills player who knows the basics well throughout the field. Hustled South Africa in error.

7) TOM CURRY – 7

Now it looks like a World Cup starter. Excellent contribution of dueling, stealing and carrying until the injury forced him after the break.

8_ MARK WILSON

Really hard workhorses from the shapeless Newcastle man without the resilience of Billy Vunipola or Nathan Hughes.

Mark Wilson received a medal and a bottle of champagne after honoring England

Mark Wilson received a medal and a bottle of champagne after honoring England

Mark Wilson received a medal and a bottle of champagne after honoring England

SOUTH AFRICA by Luke Augustus

15) DAMIAN WILLEMSE – 7

Full debut with Wasps' Willie le Roux not available and did not look out of place. Took the high ball well and was pleasing in the attack when the opportunity presented itself.

14) – SIBUSISO NKOSI – 8

Enjoyed a breathtaking first half that included a breathtaking take-off shot by Handre Pollard and a thunderous attack on Jonny May before scoring the only attempt before the break.

13) JESSE KRIEL – 6

The quietest backline in South Africa, but he did not have a bad game, because he wore more than the backs in white shirts.

12) DAMIAN DE ALLENDE – 8

Well worn in the middle – dominated by his counterpart Te'o in this area. Run 49 yards at half time – the same number as the entire English back division. Such a strong, fast and elusive runner.

11) APHIWE DYANTYI – 7

Dangerous runner with ball in hand and a wild tackler as he came out of line. It showed a nice step to bypass Itoje early in the first half. Fluttered on a high ball in the first half, which allowed a Farrell penalty.

10) HANDRE POLLARD – 7.5

Was not afraid to run hard and straight at the English defense, and distributed the ball diligently to the outsiders. Missed game win penalty to deny visitors a deserved win.

Handre Pollard had a good game for South Africa, but looked like he missed a late penalty

Handre Pollard had a good game for South Africa, but looked like he missed a late penalty

Handre Pollard had a good game for South Africa, but looked like he missed a late penalty

9) IVAN VAN ZYL – 6

Faf du Klerk's absence was here to be felt due to the sharpness of the Sale no. 9 was missing, which became clear when a brilliant Itoje fight denied him a certain attempt.

1) STEVEN KITSHOFF – 7

The unmistakable number was a major reason for the dominance of South Africa in the pack. As one of the best scramblers in the world, he has given an English lesson in this field.

2) MALCOLM MARX – 6.5

The fallen line on the five-meter-long line allowed England to relieve pressure in the first half when South Africa had a men advantage. Had done this again before the interval to waste two crucial attacking possibilities. In a strong springbok effort, that was their only weakness.

3) FRANS MALHERBE – 7

He gave Alec Hepburn such a hard time in the crowd that his opponent was addicted at halftime.

4) LEVEL ETZEBETH – 7

The world-class operator kept coming back over the payline as South Africa dominated the forward battle in the first half, but was forced out shortly after the break due to injuries. His absence was soon felt as England sat on the forefoot.

Just now, Etzebeth (right) was great before being forced out due to injury

Just now, Etzebeth (right) was great before being forced out due to injury

Just now, Etzebeth (right) was great before being forced out due to injury

5) PIETER-STEPH DU TOIT – 7

An impressive presence alongside Etzebeth when they disrupted England's line-up and how his opponent was able to break the payline.

6) SIYAMTHANDA KOLISI – 6.5

Cracked in the collapse and was firmly in attack – underlined by a thundering strike on Farrell after the break.

7) DUANE VERMEULEN – 6.5

Missed the entire rugby championship due to the Japanese season, and South Africa missed him right. Had an early attack, but recovered and showed his class at test level.

8) WARREN WHITEELEY – 6.5

Stunning hands to prepare Nkosi for South Africa's only attempt of the game. The number eight showed his skilled hands with another pass before the break, but was strongly in a duel, as the striker began to tire.

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