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Late try sees England fall to the Barbarians


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The Barbarians scored a late try to pip England 32-38 at Twickenham on Sunday in a match that saw 10 tries being scored.

England went out to a healthy lead but allowed the Barbarians to come back at them but led 23-14 at half time.

Second half tries by former Wallaby George Smith and former Springbok Joe van Niekerk put the Barbarians into the lead with 20 minutes left on the clock.

England fought their way back into the match and took the lead again with a converted try by Tom Johnson before the Barbarians snatched the lead a minute before full time when Einburgh Rugby wing Visser crossed on the last play of the game.

The hosts began brightly and within three minutes Gloucester Rugby centre Trinder swooped in after latching onto a cleverly delayed pass from fly half Charlie Hodgson.

Sale Sharks kicker Hodgson converted to give England a 7-0 lead but the Baa Baas hit back immediately with France centre Baby cruising round Harlequins full back Mike Brown for the score.

Former France No.10 Michalak added the extras to even things up but Hodgson edged his side back in front with a penalty on 16 minutes.

Two minutes later Harlequins wing Monye chased down his own kick to score and Hodgson converted to make it 17-7.

And eight minutes later some good work from back row Carl Fearns set Gloucester’s Simpson-Daniel up to produce a clinical finish for England’s third.

Hodgson again added the extras to give the hosts a 17 point lead.

But the Barbarians struck back with just two minutes to go to the break, Michalak grabbing an interception and running in to score.

The Toulouse fly half converted his own try to cut the arrears to 22-14 at half time.

The invitational side soon raced into the lead after the break when first Visser scampered down the line to score his first on 48 minutes and make it 24-19.

Then, eight minutes later, Toulon flanker Smith sniped over in the corner to level the scores.

Within four minutes the Baa Baas had their fifth when Seru Rabeni’s interception set up possession for another Toulon back row van Niekerk to force his way over on the hour.

Michalak struck the conversion to take the score to 31-24 give the multinational side a seven point lead.

Debutant flanker Tom Johnson of Exeter Chiefs hit back with an England try that edged them one point clear with just eight minutes to go.

But Visser silenced the crowd in the dying moments -collecting a clever offload to barge over from close range and clinch the win.

Scrum half Ruan Pienaar converted to close out the match 38-32

Final Score England 32 (24) Barbarians 38 (14)


Tries: Trinder, Monye, Simpson-Daniel, Johnson
Penalties: Hodgson 2
Conversions: Hodgson 3

Tries: Baby, Michalak, Visser 2, Smith, van Niekerk
Conversions: Michalak 3, Pienaar

Man of the match :Salvatore Perugini

Referee: Christophe Berdos


England : Mike Brown (Harlequins), James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), Henry Trinder (Gloucester), Matt Banahan (Bath), Ugo Monye (Harlequins), Charlie Hodgson (Sale), Paul Hodgson (London Irish); Stephen Marler (Harlequins), David Paice (London Irish), Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester), Graham Kitchener (Worcester), Dave Attwood (Gloucester), Tom Johnson (Exeter), Carl Fearns (Sale), Luke Narraway (Gloucester, capt)

Replacements: Joe Gray (Harlequins), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle), James Gaskell (Sale), Jamie Gibson (London Irish), Michael Young (Newcastle), Stephen Myler (Northampton), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins).

Barbarians: Nicolas Jeanjean (Brive), Paul Sackey (Toulon), Benoit Baby (Clermont-Auvergne), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Francais),

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