- Wing Christian Wade scores three as England win in Kimberley
- Thomas Waldrom also bags brace on senior debut again Southern Barbarians
SA Southern Barbarians 26 England 54
Wing Christian Wade bagged a hat trick and Thomas Waldrom scored two as eight-try England defeated South Africa Southern Barbarians 54-26 at the GWK Stadium in Kimberley.
George Lowe and Graham Kitchener also scored either side of half time, with the lively Danny Care touching down late on, as England overpowered the hosts with some fine attacking moves.
Fly half Charlie Hodgson kicked 14 points but Stuart Lancaster will be disappointed with some lax defending at times, conceding four tries to a scratch Barbarians outfit.
The hosts shocked their illustrious visitors with the opening try within two minutes, No.8 Jacques Engelbrecht emerging with the credit after a strong driving maul. Fly half Elgar Watts, at the second attempt, added the extras for a 7-0 lead.
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Two Hodgson penalties got England on the board before they took over with three tries in five minutes. First No.8 Waldrom crashed over after captain George Robson stole the host’s lineout on their 22 and then London Wasps wing Wade raced onto Care’s neatly weighted grubber to dot down.
Impressive Harlequins man Lowe completed the purple patch on 25 mins when he went in under the posts after collecting teammate Jordan Turner-Hall’s offload. But the Baa Baas refused to capitulate and with returning flanker James Haskell in the sin bin, hooker Hannes Franklin crashed over after concerted pressure and series of phases in England’s 22.
After a quiet opening to the second period, Leicester Tigers’ Waldrom was awarded the second try by the video referee 11 minutes in after he marshalled a strong England five-metre scrum towards the line.
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The tries continued to flow, with a try from home wing Norman Nelson, who raced away from three defenders to score under the posts on 54 minutes, preceding two more from England.
First big lock Graham Kitchener galloped over on the overlap and then Wade sped clear for his second from the halfway line, collecting Anthony Allen’s pass after the Leicester man had intercepted.
After replacement Ntabeni Dukisa raced away to score his side’s fourth try, Care got a deserved try after Turner-Hall executed a perfect clear out at the break down, leaving the way clear for his domestic teammate to dive over.
There was still time for Wade to grab his hat trick – his fourth try in two England starts – after the hooter had sounded, trotting in on the left after a solid England scrum five-metres out.
England vs SA Barbarians South Teams
SA Barbarians South: J Jansen; C Hendricks, C Rautenbach, W Stevens, N Nelson; E Watts, B Abrahams; C Fourie, H Franklin, R Geldenhuys, N Clarke, D Bulbring, M Mbiyozo, S Raubenheimer, J Engelbrecht.
Replacements: C Lewis (for Franklin, 51) D Hopp (for Geldenhuys, 60-87, for Fourie), S Fihlani (for Bulbring, 74), Z Jordaan (for Raubenheimer, 60), N Kebe (for Abrahams, 50), R Croy (for Nelson, 66), N Dukisa (for Rautenbach, 45).
England: A Goode; G Lowe, A Allen, J Turner-Hall, C Wade; C Hodgson, D Care; M Mullan, J Gray, P Doran Jones, G Kitchener, G Robson, J Haskell, C Fearns, T Waldrom.
Replacements: T Youngs (for Fearns, 49), R Harden (for Doran Jones, 59), T Palmer, J Gibson (for Gray, 47), L Dickson (for Lowe, 41), P Dowson (for Waldrom, 66), N Abendanon (for Goode, 40).
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (SA)