England 26-4 Tonga player ratings: John Bateman leads way in dominant England win at Headingley

England wrapped up the Autumn series with a 26-4 win over Tonga in another physical encounter at Headingley Stadium. 

Tries from Harry Newman, Ben Currie, Matty Ashton and the retiring Elliott Whitehead were enough to once again guide Shaun Wane’s side to victory over the tourists as they secured the clean sweep.

Here are our player ratings from today’s third and final test at Headingley:

1: Jack Welsby-7

The St Helens full-back was solid under the high ball today, and was a general around the pitch. Denied Tolutau Koula a certain try at the death too.

2: Tom Johnstone-7

Again threatened to break the line with every carry, and always went looking for work.

3: Harry Newman-8

A good showing on his home ground. Always threatened to break the line with ball in hand; and grabbed two assists and scored one himself.

4: Ben Currie-7

Scored a great try in the first half and got through lots of work in defence.

5: Matty Ashton-7

Had the ball stripped off him deep in his own half-but luckily his blushes were spared. He also added his name to the scoresheet again, and took his try well.

6: George Williams-6

Worked himself into the game, and was much more involved in the second-half.

7: Harry Smith-8

The Wigan Warriors halfback was heavily involved in the first try, and his kicks at goal were again on the money

8: Tom Burgess-7

Another industrious display from Burgess. Solid on both sides of the ball as always

9: Daryl Clark-7

Good tackle to deny Tonga a try-scoring opportunity, and an overall decent showing from the St Helens bound hooker.

10: Matty Lees-5

Physical in defence, but was sent to the sin-bin in the first half for a hair pull

11: John Bateman-9

His smuggling skills were vital in the build up to both tries, and again made plenty of work for himself around the park in a Man of the Match display.

12: Elliott Whitehead-8

Fantastic showing on his final cap. Created a chance for Currie early on, and even notched himself a try in his farewell appearance, and was only denied a brace by the TMO.

13: Robbie Mulhern-6

The Leigh Leopards man got through plenty of  work in the middle. A typically solid performance from Mulhern.


14: Danny Walker-6

Given more minutes today, and did his role well.

15: Tyler Dupree-6

A quiet showing from the Wigan Warriors prop, didn’t set the pitch alight.

16: Chris Hill-6

Again brought the impact off the bench when he came on, but unfortunately picked up an injury.

17: Mike McMeeken-6

A decent showing from the Catalans forward, but he didn’t have the same impact on the game he had in the previous tests.