Dispiriting again from Scotland but some players can hold their heads higher than others.
15. Stuart Hogg: 7 – most potent Scotland attacker by some distance, always looking to run and pick holes but had little real luck on the day and was always hauled down. Couple of dodgy moments in defence but did well under high ball.
14. Sean Maitland: 5 – Poor, almost anonymous. Everyone would expect better as he hasn’t really hit the heights of his early appearances in a Scotland shirt. Must do better but not enough pressure for his shirt just yet.
13. Mark Bennett: 5 – he plays, Scotland plays. He didn’t play. Never had much to do and like a lot of the back line was limited to defending and not getting a chance to influence the game for the positive.
12. Matt Scott: 5 – very solid in defence but showed little going forward until a couple of late bursts. Clearly in the team to straighten things up and stop static phases, but can do it much better.
11. Tommy Seymour: 6 – Strong running and a peach of a run just before half time but struggled to make any real difference in the second half until substituted for Taylor.
10. Finn Russell: 5.5 – not one of his best days, unable to really influence the flow of the game despite some confident kicking in the first half. Scotland crabbed when in possession and he must take some responsibility for this. Did at least resist the temptation to throw dangerous missed passes, but in turn missed the chance to give Hoggy a foot race for a try in the second half.
9. Greig Laidlaw: 6 – always puts in a shift but never seemed to be in control of the game. Put in some crucial tackles but you can see his box kicks coming a mile off.
1. Alasdair Dickinson: 7 – another solid shift in the scrum and good in the loose. Continues to be a key member of the Scotland pack, just a shame he’s not an 80 minute player, but then what prop is these days?
2. Ross Ford: 5 – regressed back to being ineffectual, offered little with ball in hand, didn’t do enough dirty work and not great in the line out. Looks short of confidence and now has McInally hard on his heels.
3. WP Nel: 7 – continues to be a class act, both at the set piece and in the loose. Not an 80 minutes player – just the 78 today! Deserved better from those around him as the scrum was largely solid when he was on the park.
4. Richie Gray: 5 – Quiet day at the office, worked hard in defence but little change from the English defence to add any go forward. On a day when wrestling momentum was key Scotland needed more from the big lock, especially in the second half.
5. Jonny Gray: 5.5 – Much like his brother was unable to influence the game and was part of a Scotland side second best in too many areas. A couple of decent carries but also pinged twice for collapsing a maul, and was taken off before yellow carded as he was on his last warning.
6. John Barclay: 6.5 – Showed enough to merit his place and should keep his place in the starting line up next week. Formed a decent partnership with Hardie and went through a furious amount of defensive work. Hopefully in future games he’ll get more offensive ball to work with as he made ground regularly.
7. John Hardie: 8 – The one real class act in the Scotland side. Carried well, tackled like a demon and caused issues for the English at the breakdown. Probably as fit a player as Scotland has had, was a strong at the end as at the start. Fear for Scotland if he gets injured.
8. David Denton: 5 – Poor, regressed to ineffectual lump. Offered little to no go forward on a day when his country needed his ‘up and at ’em’ style displayed so well last year. When he’s good, he’s a wrecking ball, when he plays like today he’s the Andrex puppy.
16. Stuart McInally: 5 – Didn’t have a huge amount of time on the pitch but was solid in lineout and had one bursting run. Deserves a start in this tournament to show what he can do.
17. Gordon Reid: 5 – Decent in the loose but a step down from Dickinson in the scrum.
18. Zander Fagerson: 4 – A brief cameo for his first cap, but didn’t get a chance to show what he can do. The scrum still went backwards though.
19. Tim Swinson: 4 – Little time to do anything, but didn’t punch anyone.
20. Blair Cowan: 5 – Came on for Barclay but on a day like today, with little momentum to work with, it made it difficult to impose himself on the game. Works well with Hardie but maybe not as well as Barclay did.
23. Duncan Taylor: 5 – Made a couple of decent runs but little time to make any real impression. Came onto the wing today, maybe could replace Maitland next week.
Not used: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Duncan Weir