Nik Simon’s mid-term England report: Sportsmail scores Owen Farrell and Co. in the Six Nations so far
England underwent a rocky start to their Six Nations campaign that had succumbed to defeat in their opening match against France.
However, the men from Eddie Jones got on track again with a 13-6 win over Scotland to lift the Calcutta Cup on Saturday.
But how is every member of Jones’ team doing? Here, Sports emails Nik Simon judges every player while the Six Nations rummages on.
Lewis Ludlam (L), Sam Underhill and Tom Curry (R) smile after winning the Calcutta Cup
Joe Marler: B
Awarded as the strongest scrummager in England. Solid on the set against France, never going backwards.
MINS 52 TACKLES 7 WEAR 7 METERS MADE 23 PENSEN CONCEED 0
Mako Vunipola: B-
Went to Paris and had few chances to come across the payline in horrible Scottish weather.
MINS 57 TACKLES 14 WEAR 5 METERS MADE 20 PENSEN CONCEED 1
Ellis Genge: A
Two explosive cameos from the “bomb squad” bank – bring energy and aggression to the second half.
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Ellis Genge is the best in class after his two explosive cameos from the couch
Kyle Sinckler: C
Blockbuster bears were clearer in Scotland after standing up against the French defense of Shaun Edwards.
MINS 153 METER 47 WEAR 14 TACKLES 22 PENSEN CONCEED 0
Jamie George: B-
Lineout had a hard time in week one, but in week two he made it up in difficult throwing conditions.
MINS 129 TACKLES 23 WEAR 10 METERS MADE 35 PENSEN CONCEED 0
Luke Cowan-Dickie: B
Powerful and agile banking option – almost starting in Scotland before partner went to work.
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Maro Itoje: B-
Characteristic errors in Paris, but important defensive interventions to thwart Scotland.
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Charlie Ewels: D
Fall guy for opening round defeat after making a catalog of mistakes.
MINS 56 TACKLES 5 WEAR 6 METER 21 REVENUE 1 PENSEN CONCEED 1
Courtney Lawes: B-
Cameo in No. 6 jersey has not paid off. Has a lot of explosive presence to offer as a second row.
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Maro Itoje (left) made unusual mistakes in Paris, but redeemed herself against Scotland
George Cross: B-
Brings calm to the line-out but does not offer the same physical dynamics as other candidates for position.
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Sam Underhill: A-
Has made the most dominant tackles in the tournament while he continues to grow as a defensive force.
MINS 146 TACKLES 24 WEAR 11 METER 59 REVENUE 1 PENSEN CONCEED 1
Tom Curry: B
Flashes of his breakdown threat but struggled to adapt to the complexities of role no. 8.
MINS 160 TACKLES 23 WEAR 24 METER 116 REVENUE 2 PENSEN CONCEED 1
Lewis Ludlam: B
Made so many headlines for his comments in the press but brought a lot of energy to the back row.
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Ben Earl: B
But still to get a chance in No. 8 jersey, but made strong carry in his one cameo from bank.
MINS 15 TACKLES 1 WEAR 2 METER 17 REVENUE 0 PENSEN CONCEED 0
Ben Youngs: C
Displayed by young Antoine Dupont in Paris, but reacted with composed playback in Scotland.
MINS 84 METER 9 WEAR 3 PASSES 84 METERS KICKED 436
Willi Heinz: D
A quirky kick in the wind and England need a younger option than the 33-year-old.
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Willi Heinz had a quirky kick in the wind, which fortunately did not cost England in the end
George Ford: B-
He made an effort to impose his match in Paris, but managed to control the circumstances in Edinburgh better than the opponent on Saturday.
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Owen Farrell: C
Went balls in round one and missed three penalties in round two – a stuttering start.
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Manu Tuilagi: B +
Only lasted 16 minutes for injury in Paris.
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Jonathan Joseph: C-
Clattered in Paris and attacked only six meters against Scotland to take 13 jersey in the absence of Tuilagi.
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Owen Farrell has endured a stuttering start after missing three penalties on Saturday
Elliot Daly: C
Guilty of overcooking on Saturday and still figuring out his strongest position in an England shirt.
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Jonny May: A
Show off its world-class finish with two solo attempts in Paris and chased high balls effectively in the strong wind.
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George Furbank: C
But to show the self-assured offensive game that he is playing in Northampton and falls short with handling errors.
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ALSO PLAYED: Will Stuart (7 minutes); Ollie Devoto (4 minutes); Joe Launchbury (9 minutes).