- 8 Sep 07, 07:09 PM
England opened their World Cup in less than emphatic style with a 28-10 victory over the United States.
I was at the Stade Felix Bollaert and here's how I rated each individual player's performance. Let me know what you made of it and add your own thoughts.
Mark Cueto – Kicking improved after an aimless start, but doesn’t look wholly comfortable at full-back. Solid enough without a spark - 5
Josh Lewsey – Lively every time he got the ball, coming off his wing to good effect. Direct running created opening try and unlucky not to score himself - 7
Jamie Noon – Action largely passed him by after a first-half fumble led to a move breaking down. Missed a couple of tackles and not his day – 4
Mike Catt – Good width on his passing, often at first receiver as a second kicking option, cross-kick created Robinson’s try, linked well with Barkley - 6
Jason Robinson – Always looking to beat his man, but generally well shackled. Easy run-in for his 28th Test try after collecting Catt’s kick - 6
Olly Barkley – Oozed confidence and took his chance with aplomb. A couple of early breaks, a great take of a high ball, probing kicks, landed five out of six at goal, good support for his try, two more clean breaks in the second half. Who needs Jonny? - 9
Shaun Perry – Always looking to test the fringe defence, but had some slow ball to work with in first half and replaced by Richards for final quarter - 5
Andrew Sheridan – A force at scrum-time, where the USA were under pressure, and one or two good charges in the second half after a quiet opening period – 6
Mark Regan – A couple of throws not straight, but otherwise found his men well at the line-out and solid at scrum-time. Quiet in the loose - 5
Phil Vickery – Fortunate not to earn 10 minutes in the sin-bin for a trip on US centre Paul Emerick with the score still 3-3. Not his finest hour - 5
Simon Shaw – Solid supply of line-out ball, showed good hands at times but didn’t provide the impact in the loose England were looking for - 5
Ben Kay – Excelled at disrupting the American line-out, and solid on his own ball. Nice dummy and pass for Barkley’s try and worked hard throughout - 6
Joe Worsley – Threw himself into tackles with vigour as you’d expect, stopping several US attacks. One decent run, but not enough with the ball - 6
Tom Rees – The other big plus for England. Encouraging signs he is back to fitness, looked sharp, linked well and showed good strength and quick-thinking for his try - 7
Lawrence Dallaglio – Nowhere near the impact he would have liked, looked laboured and smashed back in tackle on one occasion. Sin-binned with six minutes left - 4
George Chuter – Replaced Regan for the last 18 minutes. Little impact.
Matt Stevens – Came on for Vickery and put himself about where he could.
Martin Corry – Replaced Shaw in the second row but didn’t really get into game
Lewis Moody – Came on for the last 11 minutes in place of Worsley,
Peter Richards – Replaced Perry for the last quarter and tried to add some energy.
Andy Farrell – Impressive cameo. Good passing, one break might have led to try.
Mathew Tait – Came on at full-back, but surely time to give him a run at 13?
Bryn Palmer is the BBC Sport website’s rugby union editor.