England player ratings: Smith stars, Randall seizes chance

How England’s players rated out of 10 as Eddie Jones’ men chalked up their first win of this year’s Six Nations in Rome on Sunday

Last Updated: 13/02/22 6:49pm

Marcus Smith celebrates his try for England in the win over Italy Marcus Smith celebrates his try for England in the win over Italy

Marcus Smith celebrates his try for England in the win over Italy

How England’s players rated out of 10 as they secured a 33-0 bonus-point victory over Italy and posted their first win of this year’s Six Nations…

15. Freddie Steward: The full-back made a crucial tackle on Monty Ioane, but otherwise was never really troubled by Italy. 7/10

14. Max Malins: Looks so classy on the ball whenever he got it in his hands and he posed a constant threat throughout. 7

Smith stars as England seal bonus-point win

A player-of-the-match performance from Marcus Smith helped inspire England to a 33-0 bonus-point win over Italy in Rome.

13. Joe Marchant: More involved in the game after being brought in from the wing to play in his preferred position of outside centre. 7

12. Henry Slade: The ideal midfield combination remains a question mark for England, but Slade was impressive and looks set to remain a part of it. 7

11. Jack Nowell: A busy and effective start on his return to the starting XV after over 1,000 days, but he failed a head injury assessment in the 17th minute and his afternoon was over. 6

10. Marcus Smith: Creative performance from the 22-year-old who directed England like a seasoned veteran. 8

Harry Randall made the most of his opportunity at scrum-half Harry Randall made the most of his opportunity at scrum-half

Harry Randall made the most of his opportunity at scrum-half

9. Harry Randall: A sharp display from the Bristol Bears man puts real pressure on Ben Youngs at scrum-half. 7

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1. Ellis Genge: Now a go-to player for England and the prop was a handful for the home defence, setting up Jamie George well for his second try. 7

2. Jamie George: The hooker displayed strength to finish two tries from close range. A real battle for the No. 2 shirt is evolving between him and Luke Cowan-Dickie. 7

3. Will Stuart: Part of a powerful England scrum that had the number on their opponents, but was replaced at half-time. 6

Alex Dombrandt was solid in attack and defence at No. 8 Alex Dombrandt was solid in attack and defence at No. 8

Alex Dombrandt was solid in attack and defence at No. 8

4. Charlie Ewels: A workhorse in the second row who went toe to toe with a resolute home pack. 6

5. Nick Isiekwe: The Saracens man continues to grow into an international career which has been given a second wind with his recent recall. 7

6. Maro Itoje: Moved to blindside flanker and England were rewarded with a powerful afternoon. 7

7. Tom Curry: A strong showing from the captain who led by example from his preferred home of openside flanker. 7

8. Alex Dombrandt: The No. 8 made an impact as always with the ball in hand, but also impressed with his work in the tight. 7

Replacements: Sam Simmonds and Kyle Sinckler were influential with several big carries, but Ben Youngs could have stayed on the bench longer because Randall was having a fine afternoon. 7

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