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Barbarians beat England at Twickenham

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The Barbarians beat England 33-26 in a friendly international at Twickenham on Saturday.


The Barbarians’ experience told against a young England side, as they took a 14-5 lead at the break and threatened to humiliate the home side in the second half, before a late rally made the score respectable.


The Barbarians took the lead on 14 minutes when Iain Balshaw raced on to a kick by Josh Lewsey – who was making his final appearance at Twickenham – and outpaced the England defense out wide to score under the posts.


New Zealand’s Ben Blair converted and his compatriot Chris Jack then added the second try, with Blair again converting to make it 14-0.


A nervous England side – missing 9 players who are on the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa – belatedly got its act together when Ben Foden went over on 33 minutes, but the conversion attempt failed, making it 14-5 at halftime.


Three minutes after the restart Australia’s Rocky Elsom scored the Barbarians’ third try and within two minutes Balshaw touched down again, Blair’s conversion making it 26-5.


The Barbarians’ fifth try came when Ireland’s Gordon D’Arcy crossed under the posts, allowing Blair an easy conversion for 33-5.


England looked like losing by an embarrassing margin, but they rallied when Jordan Turner-Hall latched on to Andy Goode’s kick for a try that Goode converted.


Tom May and Matt Banahan then both touched down to drag England back to 33-26, but they were kept at bay by the Barbarians during the closing stages.


England next plays Argentina in a friendly in Manchester on June 6.



Sapa-AP

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