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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 November, 2003, 12:42 GMT
England v Wales player ratings
Marks out of 10 following England's hard-fought 28-17 win over Wales in the World Cup quarter-finals in Brisbane.

England

Jason Robinson: Tried his hardest in the first half but was well shackled by the Welsh defence before exploding into life after the break with a stunning run to get England back in the game.

Dan Luger: Unbelievably appalling kick which actually went backwards summed up a hugely ineffective day for the winger, who was taken off at half-time.

Mike Tindall: The first half showed his limitations as he was reduced to trying to crash his way through and England looked much better when he was shunted away from the action after Catt's arrival.

Will Greenwood: Tried to spark the England back line but with the component parts failing to gel for the first 40 minutes his subtle prompting was largely ineffective. Scored England's try before going off injured in the second half.

Ben Cohen: Was busy but ineffective in the first half and his arrival tended to gum up the works rather than get England going forward.

Jonny Wilkinson: Dire kicking out of hand and off the deck plus dodgy hands and poor decision making in the first half, but looked much happier once Catt arrived and went on to kick 23 points. If he had just been marked on his first half would have scored a paltry four.

Matt Dawson: Started with a very sharp break and was easily England's best player in the first half. Enjoyed a much smoother ride after the break before being replaced by Kyran Bracken.

Phil Vickery: Turned over on an early charge but the longer the game went on the more he became a force in the tight phases, helping suck the life out of Wales.

Steve Thompson: His dire throwing at the lineout undermined another powerful display round the field and in the tight and he will have to improve for the semi-final against France.

Jason Leonard: Dependable but that was about it as England struggled in the first half, and was taken off just before they took the lead.

Ben Kay: Barely featured in the loose and the lineout, where he and Thompson seemed to be on different frequencies. As lineout captain he will not be looking forward to the post-match analysis.

Martin Johnson: Doughty in defence but was unable to rally his troops before the break as England's famous control and structure fell apart. In the second half his power in the tight helped England dominate possession.

Lawrence Dallaglio: Often found himself going backwards in the first half when he tried to carry but improved after the break when he started hitting the ball from deep.

Lewis Moody: Anonymous throughout and England's lack of control at the breakdown showed how much they miss injured blind-side Richard Hill.

Neil Back: Worked hard and was one of the few to try and play the way Woodward wanted but he gave away a couple of stupid second-half penalties which could have cost England dear.

Replacements:

Mike Catt: Came on for Luger at half-time and it was no coincidence that England immediately began to play more effective rugby. Kicked beautifully, ran incisively, passed with vision and took the pressure off Wilkinson.

Rest of the bench: Trevor Woodman, Bracken and Stuart Abbott all played their part when they came on as England pulled away in the second half.


Wales

Gareth Thomas: The veteran wing turned full-back was a constant threat when Wales had the ball and very physical in defence.

Shane Williams: Electric running set up a fine try and the diminutive winger looked incisive every time he got the ball.

Mark Taylor: Solid defence and powerful running helped the Wales midfield hold the upper hand in the first half but wasted a good try opportunity in the second.

Iestyn Harris: Some good passing but not as much of a danger running with the ball as some of his fellow backs.

Mark Jones: Gave Ben Cohen some real worries when he had the ball in hand and ensured the big England wing was well policed, but spurned a glorious chance in the second half when he failed to pass to Shane Williams.

Stephen Jones: Reliable and dependable and helped Wales give England a real scare in the first half, although his goal-kicking could have been better.

Gareth Cooper: Looked very sharp in the loose and did well to deal with some less than perfect possession at the base of the scrum.

Iestyn Thomas: Held his own against the much-vaunted England front row and ensured Wales had a reasonable platform to play from.

Robin McBryde: Typically tough and nuggety around the field, while his lineout throwing was vastly better than that of his opposite number.

Adam Jones: Went off after half an hour and was replaced by Gethin Jenkins, apparently in a tactical move to shore up the front row.

Brent Cockbain: Occasional flashes of indiscipline did not help but Cockbain's physical presence meant the Wales front five competed manfully with their England counterparts for the first half. Replaced by Gareth Llewellyn soon after the break.

Robert Sidoli: The athletic second row claimed more than his fair share of ball at the lineout, where Wales were initially far more effective than England, but ultimately could not compete with Engand's power.

Daffyd Jones: The Welsh back row outshone their supposed superiors in the England pack for the first half but Jones faded along with the others after the break.

Colin Charvis (capt): Rewarded for a bold decision to go for the try with Wales' second score, but was eventually overpowered along with the rest.

Jonathan Thomas: It was unlikely he could hit the heights he managed against New Zealand two weeks in a row, but he played his part before going off after an hour.

Replacements:

Gethin Jenkins: Came on after 30 minutes and helped shore up the Wales scrum, but could not prevent the mighty England pack gobbling up the lion's share of possession.

Gareth Llewellyn: His experience ensured the Welsh pack did not fall to pieces when the English eight turned up the heat in the second half, but ultimately he could do little to stem the white tide.

Martyn Williams: Pounced for a late try after coming on 15 minutes into the second half and was at the forefront as Wales rallied late on.

Rest of the bench: Dwayne Peel looked lively when he replaced Cooper at scrum-half, while Mefin Davies came on for McBryde at hooker.





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