PLAYER RATINGS: Steward stars as England win series in Australia

PLAYER RATINGS: Freddie Steward was king of the airways again while fellow 21-year-old Tommy Freeman looked the real deal as Eddie Jones’ side held on to secure memorable series win in Australia

  • Eddie Jones’ England side secured their series win by beating Australia 17-21
  • They lost the first Test but bounced back with wins at Sydney and Brisbane 
  • There were tries for Freddie Stewart and Marcus Smith in the tense decider

Victory in Sydney on Saturday gave England a historic 2-1 series win over Australia. After losing the first Test in Perth, Eddie Jones’ men rallied to win in Brisbane and Syndey.

Tries from Freddie Stewart and Marcus Smith combined with penalties and a conversion from Owen Farrell to put England in front, and they held on in a tense final 20 minutes to win the series.

Sportsmail‘s ADAM HATHAWAY grades the players from both teams in Sydney.

Freddie Steward has impressed on the tour of Australia despite his young age


Freddie Steward 9

King of the airways again with mastery of the high ball and potent in attack. England’s best player here and he is only 21. 

Jack Nowell 6

Busy clearing up in defence and helping organise the back three without much joy in attack.

Guy Porter 5

Missed tackle on Koroibete that opened England up for Australia’s first and struggled.

Owen Farrell 6

Poor kick early on and stepped into first receiver again to help out Smith. Tidy. 

Tommy Freeman put in an excellent 70 minutes before being replaced by Henry Arundell

Tommy Freeman 8

Extremely impressive with two first half breaks and looked the real deal before 70th minute replacement.

Marcus Smith 6

One or two nice touches before proving he has the Midas touch with runaway try.

Danny Care 3

Could be his last game in an England shirt after having kick charged down and being replaced on 37 minutes.

Ellis Genge 7

Not the impact he had first up last week, pinged for one high tackle but grew into game.

Leicester’s Ollie Chessum stepped up well on line outs in Maro Itoje’s absence 

Jamie George 6

Another replaced earlier than expected although England’s line out had been good.

Will Stuart 5

Gave away early penalty and struggled in the scrum against Slipper where he was falling off.

Ollie Chessum 7

Filling Maro Itoje’s boots is not easy but Leicester man stepped up with carrying and line out work.

Jonny Hill 6

England’s niggler in chief was warned for pinning White after a tackle ‘and should concentrate on playing which he can do.

England captain Courtney Lawes led his side to a 2-1 Test series win over Australia

Courtney Lawes (capt) 8

Some trademark hits from the captain who has been an inspiration on and off the pitch here.

Lewis Ludlam 6

Totally different player to Sam Underhill who he replaced but can carry and hit and he did.

Billy Vunipola 8

Couple of penalties on the down side and some big carries on the up side for the No.8.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie (for George 46) 7, Mako Vunipola (for Genge 57) 6, Joe Heyes (for Stuart 61) 6, Nick Isiekwe (for Chessum 67) 6, Jack Willis (for Ludlam 67) 6, Jack van Poortvliet (for Care 37) 7, Will Joseph (N/U), Henry Arundell (for Freeman 70) 5


Reece Hodge 6

Third Wallaby full-back in three Tests and brought length to kicking game but butchered on try. 

Tom Wright put in a solid and lively performance in the third Test in Sydney

Tom Wright 7

Superb one/two with White gave him first try of game and he enjoyed the afters with Steward. Lively.

Hunter Paisami 5

Did not offer as much punch as Kerevi or Koroibeter but tidy enough display before going off.

Samu Kerevi 6

Adds plenty of muscle but can play a bit too, linked well and a couple of decent kicks.

Marika Koroibete 8

Heavily involved off his wing and his bust led to Wallabies first score, a real handful.

Noah Lolesio 5

Missed easy early penalty but managed to find his range from tee. Not Quade Cooper but who is? 

Nic White won his 50th cap at Sydney and got stuck in with some verbals as per his reputation

Nick White 6

Was at the centre of sledging row ahead of 50th cap but did some of his talking on pitch this time with hand in first score.

James Slipper 6

100-plus capper got the better of Stuart despite looking like he injured his shoulder in first half.

David Porecki 6

Former London Irish hooker looks to have nailed down a place in the Wallaby front row.

Taniela Tupou 5

Australia got 51 minutes of Tupou, some big carries and one butchered try. Mixed bag.

Nick Frost 6

Part of third different lock combination in three Test matches and added punch.

Australia captain Michael Hooper put in  better performance than his showing at Brisbane

Matt Philip 6

Gave Wallabies some grunt up front as they got on the front foot in the early exchanges.

Harry Wilson 6

Reds flanker plugged Wallaby injury hole for the hosts and did his share of front foot work.

Michael Hooper (capt) 7

Got into Care’s face and was up a level from what he showed in Brisbane last week.

Rob Valetini 6

The Wallabies talked all week about physicality and Valetini lived up to it with his carrying.

Replacements: Folau Fainga’a (for Porecki 55) 6, Angus Bell (for Slipper 51-68) 4, Allan Alaalatoa (for Tupou 51) 5, Rob Leota (for Valetini 73) 4, Pete Samu (for Wilson 55) 4, Tate McDermott (for White 60) 4, Len Ikitau (for Paisami 68) 4, Suliasi Vunivalu (for Hodge 77) 3

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