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- International Match
- 26th May 2013
- KO 13:00
- Ground: Twickenham
- Att: 60,601
England too good for Barbarians at Twickenham
England stars of the future proved their worth by putting the Barbarians to the sword with a 40-12 success at Twickenham on Sunday.
Freddie Burns gave the home side the perfect start with a try inside the opening minute of the non-cap international.
The Gloucester fly-half extended the lead with three more penalties before England cut loose in the second half.
Marland Yarde, Kyle Eastmond, Christian Wade and Billy Twelvetrees all crossed the tryline before the visitors finished with somewhat of a flourish.
Schalk Brits' close-range effort put the Barbarians on the board before Englishman Elliot Daly scored the final try of the match.
England opened the scoring 40 seconds in, one of the quickest tries in Twickenham history, with Burns finishing off the move after London Irish wing Yarde had broken free down the left flank.
Burns' first penalty a few minutes later increased the lead to 13-0 as the Barbarians took longer than usual to warm up in the May sunshine.
England, led for the first time by Bath hooker Rob Webber and with an inexperienced side where nine of the starting fifteen were 24 or younger, maintained their dominance and pressure with the Barbarians defence all at sea.
The Baa-Baas hardly managed to pose a single threat on the England line in the opening 40 minutes with Dai Young's team looking a shadow of past teams which have worn the famous black and white hooped jersey.
Yarde showed the kind of qualities he has been showing for Irish all season, pace, power and skilful running, to cut through the Baa-Baas defence for the second try just a few minutes after the break.
It was an impressive contribution from the 21-year-old wing, who could give head coach Stuart Lancaster a real selection headache for the November internationals if he performs well in Argentina.
Then it was time for another new boy to make his mark in the white jersey, with Eastmond taking just a few minutes of his England debut to cut in from the right flank and race over the line.
Stuart Lancaster is hoping the former St Helens rugby league man could develop into a Jason Robinson-like figure in his side.
And after being brought on at full-back to replace Mike Brown in the second-half, Eastmond showed Robinson type footwork and darting speed to leave his opponents grasping at thin air.
Gloucester centre Twelvetrees charged over for the home side's fifth try, while late scores from South African hooker Schalk Brits and London Wasps and England Saxons full-back Elliot Daly salvaged some late Barbarians pride.
|Saturday 18th October|
|10:00||Australia vs New Zealand|
|Saturday 1st November|
|TBC||USA vs New Zealand|
|Saturday 8th November|
|TBC||Scotland vs Argentina|
|14:00||Italy vs Samoa|
|14:30||England vs New Zealand|
|14:30||Wales vs Australia|
|16:45||France vs Fiji|
|17:00||Ireland vs South Africa|
|Saturday 15th November|
|TBC||Scotland vs New Zealand|
|14:30||England vs South Africa|
|14:30||Italy vs Argentina|
|14:30||Wales vs Fiji|
|20:00||France vs Australia|
|Sunday 16th November|
|14:30||Ireland vs Georgia|
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|TBC||Scotland vs Tonga|
|14:30||Italy vs South Africa|
|16:30||Ireland vs Australia|
|17:30||Wales vs New Zealand|
|19:00||England vs Samoa|
|20:00||France vs Argentina|
|Saturday 29th November|
|14:30||England vs Australia|
|14:30||Wales vs South Africa|
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