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England XV 29-39 Barbarians

The first try of the match by England’s forward Dan Ewers
Published: 2 Jun 2014

New Zealander Hosea Gear helped Barbarians rugby secure victory at Twickenham yesterday for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

 He was involved in three of the Baa-Baas five tries, scoring two while creating the other one as a youthful England side were unable to contain the All-Black winger.

In front of a crowd of more than 50,000 at the home of English rugby eight tries were scored in total making for an open and entertaining spectacle.

The other try scorers for the Baa-Baas were Georgian Mamuka Gorgodze, All Black Benson Stanley and Argentine Juan Martin Hernandez.

England’s fly half Henry Slade gave an impressive performance bagging 15 points for the hosts including a try with Dan Ewers and Charlie Sharples also touching down for the home team.

The Barbarians made an impressive start putting the inexperienced England side under pressure from the off.

However, it was England who struck first through Exeter forward Ewers finishing from a couple of yards after Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson made a decisive break.

The Barbarians responded with an impressive passing move ending with New Zealander Stanley touching down.

England blood replacement Bath’s Ollie Devoto created his team’s second try with a grubber kick through for Gloucester winger Sharples to finish off.

The Barbarians hit back with another incisive move, Australian fly-half Brock Jame’s diagonal kick was caught by Gear who passed inside for Hernandez to finish off.

Henry Slade was able to kick two penalties for the hosts giving them an 18-14 half time lead.

Five minutes after the break Gorgodze gave the Baa-Baas the lead bursting from the back of the scrum over the line. Eventually the try was awarded by the television official.

The lead was extended through the boot of James, before England struck back when Devoto’s line break led to Slade getting over in the corner after a brief TMO consultation.

However with England chasing the game in the last ten minutes, were caught out by a fine counter-attacking move finished by Gear sealing a ten-point win for the Baa-Baas.

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