PLAYER RATINGS: Williams impresses for Wales as Lee and Elias struggle

PLAYER RATINGS: Johnny Williams impressive while James Botham stood toe-to-toe with England’s giant back-row… but Samson Lee and Ryan Elias struggle as Wales are beaten

  • Wales were beaten 24-13 by England in the Autumn Nations Cup on Saturday
  • Johnny Williams was impressive as he scored the opening try for the home side
  • But Samson Lee and Ryan Elias struggled with disappointing performances 

Wales were beaten 24-13 by England in the Final pool A match of the Autumn Nations Cup at the Parc y Scarlets.

Johnny Williams had put Wales in front but England came back to win as Owen Farrell scored two penalties and Mako Vunipola added a second half try. While Williams was impressive, Samson Lee and Ryan Elias struggled for the home side.

Sportsmail’s Alex Bywater runs the rule over the performance of the Welsh side…

Wales were beaten 24-13 by England in the Final pool A match of the Autumn Nations Cup

Leigh Halfpenny – 4.5 

Not at his best. Missed one difficult kick at goal and wasn’t his usual solid self under the high ball. One turnover but can do much better.

Louis Rees-Zammit – 7

Barely touched the ball in attack and we saw little of his famous speed save for one run. He did do brilliantly to tackle a rampaging Billy Vunipola which is no mean feat and he defended very well.

Nick Tompkins – 5.5

Outshone by his midfield partner for the second week running. Didn’t have much room to attack in what was a tight battle in fairness to him.

Johnny Williams – 7

Has now scored tries for Wales and England in his last 124 minutes of international rugby. Now tied to a red shirt not a white. Big, powerful and smashed Vunipola. Impressive.

Johnny Williams was powerful and impressive as he scored the opening try of the game

Josh Adams – 6.5

Poleaxed on the touchline by Elliot Daly and complained it was high. He had a point. Apart from that he was again very quiet on the attacking front.

Dan Biggar – 6

Nothing flash, but nothing disastrous either. Like his team he can play better than this. Switched to full-back for the final 15 minutes.

Lloyd Williams – 5.5 

Making his first Test start for four years and was solid enough before being replaced by Rhys Webb. His box kicks were perhaps a touch long.

Lloyd Williams was making his first Test start for four years but his kicks were a tad long

Wyn Jones – 6

One good tackle on Kyle Sinckler forced a turnover, but he was part of a Welsh scrum which struggled. Still surprisingly went virtually the whole 80 minutes.

Ryan Elias – 3

You can’t get away from the fact the Welsh line-out has struggled whenever he has thrown in. One went over the top and there was also a not straight. Replaced early in second half.

Samson Lee – 2 

Conceded three first-half scrum penalties and produced one poor pass in midfield which derailed the chance of a rare Welsh attack. Subbed three minutes into the second period. Poor.

Samson Lee conceded three first-half scrum penalties and was substituted in the second half

Jake Ball – 5.5

You know what you get with Ball who is a reliable lock. Didn’t get as much change out of the English pack as he did against Georgia. Replaced by Will Rowlands.

Alun Wyn Jones (capt) – 6.5

Looked frustrated at times by the errors being made around him. As usual he tackled himself to a standstill in an intriguing battle with Maro Itoje.

Shane Lewis-Hughes – 6.5

Still a novice. This was the ultimate test and he did OK considering the experience and years he was giving away to his English rivals. Definitely one for the future.

James Botham – 7

Only his second Test start at 22 but looked far from out of place. He stood toe-to-toe with England’s giant back-row impressively for such a young player.

James Botham looked far from out of place in only the 22-year-old’s second Test start

Taulupe Faletau – 6.5

Did spill one ball in contact and was carried over his own line on one occasion, but he never stopped working and is getting better the more he plays.

Replacements: T Francis 5 (for Lee 43), E Dee 4.5 (for Elias 48), W Rowlands 5 (for Ball 49) R Webb 6 (for Williams 49), A Wainwright 5.5 (for Lewis-Hughes 52), C Sheedy 5.5 (for Halfpenny 67), R Carre 5.5 (for W Jones 70), O Watkin 5.5 (for Tompkins 73)




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