How the players from England and Ireland rated out of 10 after an enthralling Six Nations encounter at Twickenham

Last Updated: 12/03/22 8:46pm

Maro Itoje was at his very best during England’s contest with Ireland

Ireland secured a bonus-point victory at Twickenham to keep their Six Nations title hopes alive and end England’s in the process, but not before the 14-man hosts had put up a real fight in a 32-15 defeat.
Here’s how the players rated…EnglandFreddie Steward: The full-back’s presence grew as the match reached its decisive phase. 7/10 Max Malins: Unable to get involved as his pack sucked Ireland into the closer quarters where the odds were evened. 6Joe Marchant: Known for his attacking repertoire but it was his defence that held up to scrutiny. 7Henry Slade: Like Marchant, rolled up his sleeves to help halt the green tide with a series of tackles. 7Jack Nowell: Packed down in the back row to cover for Charlie Ewels and was immense. 8 Marcus Smith continues to step up on the international stage Marcus Smith: Kicked his goals and managed a difficult game well, but others around him shone more. 7Harry Randall: Among the weaker links against Ireland, but Ben Youngs hardly improved matters. 6Ellis Genge: A team-mate could be heard calling him an “animal” on the ref mic – and it was meant as a compliment. Towering performance. 8Jamie George Roared on every England mini-victory like he had won the World Cup. Outstanding. 8Kyle Sinckler: Did not to reach the interval after taking a knock, but powerful until then. 6 Maro Itoje: Led English resistance on both sides of the ball. The Saracens lock was everywhere. 8Charlie Ewels: Sent off af …