Mako Vunipola 2019 Rugby World Cup: England v South Africa player ratings

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England’s Rugby World Cup hopes were crushed by South Africa in Yokohama, ending defeated 32-12.

Eddie Jones’ side struggled to get going and went into the break behind. Second-half tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe secured victory for the Springboks.

Who rose to the occasion and who struggled on the biggest stage?

Here Charlie Morgan and Ben Coles from the UK Telegraph dish out their marks for both teams.

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15. Elliot Daly – 4

A tough first half, in which he was beaten in the air by Mapimpi and then fumbled a bouncing ball. South Africa’s kicking half-backs continued to pepper him.

14. Anthony Watson – 5
Jacques Nienaber’s aggressive defensive system stopped England playing with width, which cut off Watson. A nudge on Mapimpi proved costly as well.

13. Manu Tuilagi – 5
Kept quiet in the first half by South Africa’s pressing defence. Made a few good defensive decisions and a huge hit on Vermeulen from a restart.

12. Owen Farrell (captain) – 5
Threw a pass across his own dead-ball area early on, setting a frantic tone. He kicked four penalties but could not ignite England’s phase-play.

11. Jonny May – 6
Assured in the air, not least when leaping to stop a penalty going into touch. England’s most prominent runner, but that is not saying much.

10. George Ford – 4
Targeted aerially in the back-field and looked rattled. Kicked into touch on the full once and was stifled by a rush defence led by De Klerk.

9. Ben Youngs – 4

Service returned to its clunky worst in the first half, epitomised when a forced pass from a set move sailed into touch.

8. Billy Vunipola – 6
Bent the Springboks line without quite breaking it in the first half. Remained industrious but was continually enveloped and eclipsed by Vermeulen 6

7. Sam Underhill – 7
An excellent tournament continued with a number of crunching tackles and penetrative carrying. It was a surprise that he was sacrificed so early.

6. Tom Curry – 6
Seemed subdued and his uncertainty behind Itoje from a first-half restart cost England. Pounced on Pollard to win a turnover in the 54th minute.

5. Courtney Lawes – 5
Penalised before a minute had elapsed for failing to roll away and spilled in a lineout. Carried well but replaced at halftime.

4. Maro Itoje – 8

Looked like a leader even amid an awesome performance from South Africa’s pack, topping his side’s tackle-count. Will be central to how England respond.

3. Kyle Sinckler – N/A
A fantastic tournament was brought to a sudden end by a concussion in the third minute. Typically, he had bolted after a kick and was tackling wing Mapimpi.

2. Jamie George – 5
South Africa’s defensive jumpers made it tougher for England to control the lineout. Threw one errant offload to Watson and was part of a dominated front row.

1. Mako Vunipola – 5
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