Mako Vunipola Who had his best game for England and who ‘seemed to be everywhere’ – England player ratings

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England reached the World Cup final for the first time since 2007
Rugby World Cup final
Venue:Yokohama International StadiumDate:Saturday, 2 NovemberKick-off:09:00 GMT
Coverage:Listen to live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app.

England are into the World Cup final for the first time in 12 years after seeing off New Zealand in Yokohama.

Eddie Jones’ side produced an outstanding display in the 19-7 victory to inflict the All Blacks’ first loss at the tournament since 2007.

But who were the standout performers from England’s impressive semi-final victory?

Former England fly-half and BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Paul Grayson has rated each player’s performance below.

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Backs

Elliot Daly: (8)His ghosting outside break created the first try. Coped well with the move to the wing after Jonny May went off.

Anthony Watson: (8)Flashing feet and a constant menace. Got the better of George Bridge and shut down the Kiwi winger in defence.

Jonny May: (8)Dominated Sevu Reece and exposed New Zealand’s weak link in the back three. A master of his craft in the air.

Manu Tuilagi: (9)His best game for England, a constant threat in attack and stifled New Zealand’s wide play with his clever defence. A world-class performance.

Manu Tuilagi scored England’s only try of the match after 98 seconds

Owen Farrell: (8)R

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