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England 19 New Zealand 7: Player ratings

PUBLISHED: 13:30 26 October 2019

England's Maro Itoje after the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi final (pic David Davies/PA)

England's Maro Itoje after the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi final (pic David Davies/PA)

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England produced a superb display to beat New Zealand 19-7 in their World Cup semi-final in Yokohama on Saturday.

England's Jamie George and his team-mates walk off the pitch after the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi final (pic David Davies/PA)England's Jamie George and his team-mates walk off the pitch after the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi final (pic David Davies/PA)

Manu Tuilagi's early try inside two minutes, converted by captain Owen Farrell, set them on their way and George Ford slotted four penalties, as Ardie Savea replied with a try for the All Blacks.

Here's how Press Association rated both sets of players.

ENGLAND

England's Elliot Daly evades the tackle of New Zealand's Sevu Reece during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama.England's Elliot Daly evades the tackle of New Zealand's Sevu Reece during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama.

Elliot Daly: Ignited England's brilliant display with a searing break that led to Manu Tuilagi's opening try. 8/10

Anthony Watson: A constant threat, using his power and footwork to make ground with every carry. 8

Manu Tuilagi: Acts as a safety blanket, providing front-foot ball off set-piece to get the team moving. 9

Owen Farrell: England's captain deserves his score for courage alone as he was somehow able to run off a significant injury. 9

Jonny May: A quieter night for the wing and he limped off injured to give Eddie Jones a major headache for the final. 8

George Ford: Fully vindicated the decision to pick him at fly-half. A general who stepped up when his team needed him most. 9

Ben Youngs: Possibly his finest display in an England jersey and was unlucky to have his try disallowed. 9

Mako Vunipola: Led the close-quarters assault against the feared New Zealand tight five. 9

Jamie George: Apart from the botched line-out throw that led to an All Blacks try, he was immense. 9

Kyle Sinckler: England will not want to lose their combative tighthead for the final as he limped off in the second half. 8

Maro Itoje: Present at the spearhead of the assault on the All Blacks and his ferocity laid the foundation for victory. 10

Courtney Lawes: Narrowly outshone by Itoje but also a colossus who made key interventions. 9

Tom Curry: If he continues at this rate, the Sale flanker is destined to become an all-time great. 10

Sam Underhill: A bone-jarring tackle on Brodie Retallick will never be forgotten. Led the defensive onslaught. 10.

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Billy Vunipola: Grew in stature in the second half after a slow start when he was targeted defensively. 8

Replacements: The cavalry provided momentum at a time when New Zealand were already beaten. Henry Slade put in a shift at full-back. 8

NEW ZEALAND

Beauden Barrett: New Zealand's star attacking back could make little headway against an outstanding England defence 6 /10

Sevu Reece: Ran dangerously at times, but England marshalled him well. 7

Jack Goodhue: Looked his team's most dangerous back at times, yet it was a night of frustration for New Zealand. 7

Anton Lienert-Brown: Hardly seen as England centres Tuilagi and Farrell dominated the midfield exchanges. 5

George Bridge: Offered little in attack on a night when England dominated every department. 5

Richie Mo'unga: Converted flanker Ardie Savea's second-half try, but starved of quality ball to get his backs moving. 6

Aaron Smith: Had been in outstanding form throughout the tournament, but it was not to be on this occasion. 6

Joe Moody: Got no change whatsoever out of England tighthead prop Sinckler. 5

Codie Taylor: It was a tough night for New Zealand in the set-pieces, when little went right. 5

Nepo Laulala: Like his front-row colleagues, it was a night to forget for the All Blacks tighthead. 5

Brodie Retallick: Ran strongly and with purpose, but lineout was a concern all game for New Zealand. 6

Sam Whitelock: Poor performance by the experienced All Blacks lock, who also showed weak discipline at times. 5

Scott Barrett: Moved from second-row to back-row by head coach Steve Hansen, and the switch did not work. 5

Ardie Savea: Scored a try and never stopped working for his team's cause. 7

Kieran Read: The All Blacks skipper will have no complaints about the result on an occasion when his team were outplayed. 6

Replacements: New Zealand's replacements could make little impact on a game that England dominated from start to finish. 5

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