Mike Brown 7/10
Yet to recapture his fine form from last year’s Six Nations but was exceptionally solid defensively.
Anthony Watson 9/10
A once-in-a-generation player who is Jason Robinson’s true heir. Another exceptional try here.
Jonathan Joseph 8/10
Danced through defences, doing so three times in the opening minutes before fading slightly.
Brad Barritt 7/10
Solid defensively without offering as much as his team-mates going forward – but it was ever thus.
Jonny May 9/10
An exceptional, electrifying performance capped with a superb try. Nailed down his place
George Ford 8/10
After the horrors of Paris a welcome return to form as Ford produced a composed, dynamic display.
Ben Youngs 9/10
Exceptional here, sniping around the fringes and a constant menace. A shoe-in for the Fiji game.
Joe Marler 7/10
Strong and abrasive in the loose, but the Harlequins man faded slightly after a bright start.
Tom Youngs 8/10
Superb in the loose but loose in the set-piece – and with the line-out working well his talents shone through.
Dan Cole 6/10
An improvement on Paris but still below-par. England need him to improve quickly.
Geoff Parling 7/10
Shored up the line-out as expected and stole a couple of the Irish into the bargain.
Courtney Lawes 6/10
England’s enforcer was surprisingly quiet, but may be saving himself for the challenges ahead.
Tom Wood 8/10
With James Haskell breathing down his neck Wood needed a performance – and he got one. Superb.
Chris Robshaw 7/10
Praised by the coaches afterwards this was a classic Robshaw performance – an utter nuisance for Ireland.
Ben Morgan 8/10
After 40 minutes’ rugby since January this was just what he needed. Back to his best just in time for World Cup.
Simon Zebo 5/10
Only his fourth start at full-back and inexperience showed as he was out-jumped by Watson for his try.
Tommy Bowe 3/10
Wing’s attempted tackle on May was embarrassing and set the tone for awful Irish first-half. Must do better.
Jared Payne 5/10
Most mortals would struggle in comparison with Brian O’Driscoll and Payne is no different.
Robbie Henshaw 5/10
Poor afternoon summed up by the forward-pass he threw when Ireland had a three-on-two on the break.
Dave Kearney 8/10
The only one of Ireland’s backs to emerge with credit, a challenge on Ford changing the game’s momentum.
Jonny Sexton 5/10
A strangely subdued game, with Ford thoroughly outplaying him. Must improve, and soon.
Conor Murray 6/10
Flinging his forehead into Joe Marler’s hip was never going to be a good idea. Forced off after 18 minutes.
Jamie Heaslip 6/10
Ireland’s game is based on the Heaslip, Murray, Sexton combination and when they fail to fire Ireland struggle.
Jack McGrath 7/10
A perfectly acceptable player but has one key problem – he isn’t Cian Healy. Did well but far from dynamic.
Rory Best 6/10
Within the first quarter wore the look of a man who was sick of being driven backwards.
Mike Ross 5/10
England came at the 35-year-old Leinster prop like a pack of rabid dogs at Twickenham.
Devin Toner 5/10
Ireland’s giant lock was made to appear Lilliputian by England’s early forward effort.
Paul O’Connell 8/10
Ireland’s inspirational skipper dragged his side back into the game with a fine, burrowing try.
Peter O’Mahoney 7/10
Ireland’s top tackler but was outplayed by Tom Wood, failing to bring the physical edge needed.
Sean O’Brien 6/10
Another who suffered in comparison with his opposite number, in this case Chris Robshaw.
How the bench fared
Ireland had a chance to snatch the game but their bench was thoroughly outplayed and out-thought.Reuse content