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Will Carpenter


Posted Sunday, June 2nd 2019

Report: England XV 51-43 Barbarians

Bristol Bears players starred on both sides as a fresh-faced England XV, featuring Piers O’Conor and Callum Sheedy, beat Pat Lam’s Barbarians in a 13-try spectacle at Twickenham.

Charles Piutau, John Afoa, Chris Vui and Steven Luatua all represented the prestigious Barbarians, who outscored the hosts by seven tries to six, but it was Jim Mallinder’s side who took the spoils on an entertaining afternoon at HQ.

Off the field, there was also a Bristol theme to the coaching setup, with Conor McPhillips (assistant coach), Jonathan Thomas (forwards coach), Rory Murray (head of medical) and Stuart Powell (head analyst) assisting head coach, Pat Lam for the second successive year.

What happened?

Josh Bassett opened the scoring for England, capitalising on a mistake in the Barbarians ranks to touch down out wide, before Pat Lam’s men hit back courtesy of James Horwill, collecting Colin Slade’s pinpoint cross-kick in the left-hand corner.

A Marcus Smith penalty extended the hosts’ lead on 23 minutes, but at the other end, Francois Louw powered over from close range to edge the Barbarians back in front.

England hit back with a beautifully worked score for Simon Hammersley, before Smith added a try to his 100% tally from the kicking tee to open up a 12-point lead shortly before the interval.

Piers O'Conor in England colours (JMPUK).

That soon became 19 when Alex Dombrandt latched on to Alex Mitchell’s offload after fine work from the Northampton number nine, with Smith’s conversion making it 31-12 at HQ.

Johnny Williams crossed for England’s fifth early in the second period after Dombrandt had swooped on a loose ball, before his opposite number, Mark Atkinson touched down under the sticks following a slick pass from John Afoa.

Rhodri Williams scored with his first touch as the Barbarians launched a fightback, while Atkinson grabbed a second after yet another Piutau surge in centre field.

Smith’s third penalty of the afternoon made it a six-point game, before Dombrandt’s second try sealed the win for England late on.

But there was still time for a late Barbarians consolation, as Taqele Naiyaravoro powered over with the final play of the game.

Teams and scorers:

England XV: Simon Hammersley, Piers O'Conor, Joe Marchant, Johnny Williams, Josh Bassett, Marcus Smith, Alex Mitchell; Ross Harrison, Tom Dunn, Ehren Painter, Elliot Stooke, Josh Beaumont (c), Alex Dombrandt, Ben Curry, Teimana Harrison.

Replacements: Tommy Taylor, Beno Obano, Paul Hill, Will Spencer, Tom Ellis, Ben White, Callum Sheedy, Ben Loader.

Barbarians: Charles Piutau, Filipo Nakosi, Malakai Fekitoa, Mark Atkinson, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Colin Slade, Rhys Webb; Joe Marler, Richard Hibbard, John Afoa, James Horwill (c), Chris Vui, Steven Luatua, Francois Louw, Viliame Mata.

Replacements: David Heffernan, Piere Schoeman, Finlay Bealham, Facundo Isa, Liam Messam, Rhodri Williams, Brock James, Niyi Adeolokun.

England XV: Tries: Bassett 11, Hammersley 32, Smith 37, Dombrandt 39, 74, Williams 47. Cons: Smith 11, 32, 37, 39, 47, 74. Pens: Smith 22, 59, 71

Barbarians: Tries: Horwill 16, Louw 25, Atkinson 55, 61, R Williams 57, Heffernan 67, Naiyaravoro 79. Cons: Slade 25, 55, 57, James 67.

Referee: Nigel Owens

Attendance: 40,230