Maro Itoje impresses as England win Autumn Nations Cup in extra time

PLAYER RATINGS: Maro Itoje’s solid defensive display was crucial in England’s Autumn Nations Cup triumph, but Owen Farrell put in one of his worst performances after missing 12 points before scoring the decisive penalty

  • Owen Farrell missed 12 points in one of his worst performances for England
  • But his sudden-death penalty secured the victory against a depleted France side
  • Anthony Jelonch produced a game-high 17 tackles in an immense performance 

England needed a sudden-death penalty to beat a depleted France side 22-19 and lift the Autumn Nations Cup at Twickenham.

Owen Farrell missed four penalties as France led for the majority of the contest, but he struck the decisive one in extra time to win the inaugural tournament. 

France were missing as many as 20 first-choice players due to an availability agreement with their top clubs, but they had victory in their sights before Luke Cowan-Dickie scored a try in the last minute to force the added period.

Owen Farrell (centre) lifts the Autumn Nations Cup thanks to his sudden-death penalty


15 Elliot Daly 5 

Error-prone as he failed to make the final pass out wide and delivered a mixed kicking display.

Elliot Daly struggled to impress, and was outperformed by his opposite number Brice Dulin

14 Anthony Watson 5 

Should have used athleticism to beat Jalibert in the air to score. Failed to capitalise on his openings.

13 Henry Slade 6 

Inch-perfect kick to touch in the final minute of regular time provided the platform for levelling try.

12 Owen Farrell (c) 5 

One of his worst performances in an England shirt after missing 12 points, before finally kicking the winner.

Owen Farrell wasn’t at his best, but his sudden-death penalty was enough to secure the victory

11 Jonny May 6 

Showed flashes of danger with his speed but was snared by French defenders on his few opportunities to run.

10 George Ford 5 

Failed to find the space for large parts of the contest and drew booing from the crowd for relentless kicking from hand.

Fly half George Ford was booed by some of the 2000 spectators for constantly kicking

9 Ben Youngs 6 

Should have been more vocal with his forwards who continued to pick and go when there was open space out wide.

1 Ellis Genge 5 

Milked penalties from the scrum early on, but dropped the ball over the line as England launched a 13-phase attack.

2 Jamie George 5 

Handed off by Jalibert in build-up to France’s opening try and struggled at times to hit his man at the lineout.

3 Kyle Sinckler 6 

Showed neat passing skills and held firm at the scrum, but offered little in terms of getting over the gain line.

4 Maro Itoje 8 

England’s most consistent player delivered big defensive plays at big moments to swing momentum back in his team’s favour.

Maro Itoje was the stand-out player for England, keeping his side in the contest throughout

5 Joe Launchbury 6 

Dependable but unspectacular in the first half, offering a decent lineout foil to avoid the disruptive threat of Woki.

6 Tom Curry 6 

Not his most dominant breakdown display as the entire French team pinched ball after ball in the second half.

7 Sam Underhill 5 

Bloodstained shirt inside 20mins as he demonstrated his tackling credentials, but was taken off early after conceding a brace of penalties.

8 Billy Vunipola 6 

Left his shoulder imprinted on French attackers with some trademark hits and got away with a dropped high-ball in extra time.

Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (on for George 66), 17 Joe Marler (on for Genge 59), 18 Will Stuart (on for Sinckler 66), 19 Jonny Hill (on for Launchbury 44), 20 Ben Earl (on for Underhill 44), 21 Dan Robson (on for Youngs 70), 22 Max Malins (on for Watson 70), 23 Joe Marchant.


15 Brice Dulin 8 

Dominated the skies as he claimed every high ball – and was in the perfect position to score the opening try.

Brice Dulin was the most experienced player in France’s lineup and scored the opening try

14 Alivereti Raka 5 

Not the threat he used to be. Given few opportunities to stretch his legs and conceded the key penalty in extra-time.

13 Yoram Moefana 7 

Showed flashes of brilliance with his side-step and neat touches. An impressive back-up to Virimi Vakatawa.

12 Jonathan Danty 6 

A sign of the French depth that the fourth-choice centre kept Farrell under wraps and knocked him back in collisions.

11 Gabin Villiere 7 

Sevens convert was a defensive nuisance as he repeatedly disrupted England’s attack in the wide channels.

10 Matthieu Jalibert 7.5 

Carved open the defence with classy attacking play and could have won the game had he not been injured.

9 Baptiste Couilloud 7 

Showed composure and control, before delighting defence coach Shaun Edwards with an impressive turnover.

1 Hassan Kolingar 6.5 

Used his muscular frame to counter-ruck England off the ball but was hit hard on the gain-line when he carried.

2 Pierre Bourgarit 7 

Flipped Farrell off his back like a bucking bronco with a series of powerful carries to get over the gain line.

3 Dorian Aldegheri 6 

A key pillar in France’s defensive stand just before half-time, before subsequently left the field with an injury.

4 Kilian Geraci 7.5 

A high-energy performance, pouncing on loose balls and rarely dropping his intensity throughout the 95 minutes.

5 Baptiste Pesenti 6 

Set the tone with an early hit on Vunipola but was caught out defensively a couple of times.

6 Cameron Woki 8 

Pickpocketed Itoje at lineout and looks to be one of France’s brightest prospects with power and energy.

7 Anthony Jelonch 8 

Topped the tackle count with 17 hits and man-marked Vunipola to stop the giant No 8’s rampaging threat.

Anthony Jelonch was immense in the pack for France, producing a game-high 17 tackles

8 Selevasio Tolofua 6.5 

Conceded the penalty that resulted in extra-time but showed his carrying skills by beating five defenders.

Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka (on for Bourgarit 53), 17 Rodrigue Neti ( on for Kolingar 53), 18 Uini Atonio (on for Aldegheri 40), 19 Guillaume Ducat (on for Pesenti 56), 20 Sekou Macalou (on for Woki 56), 21 Sebastien Bezy (on for Couilloud 80), 22 Louis Carbonel (on for Jalibert 62), 23 Pierre-Louis Barassi (on for Danty 48)

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