England down brave BaaBaas

2012-06-14 00:00

KIMBERLEY — England were made to work hard for their 54-26 victory over the South African Southern Barbarians in a midweek tour clash at GWK Park here yesterday.

The BaaBaas forced England to play to the very last minute, putting up a brave fight with only a handful of practices ahead of the encounter.

Barbarians loose forward Jacques Engelbrecht scored in the fourth minute with flyhalf Elgar Watts converting to give the BaaBaas the lead.

England flyhalf Charlie Hodgson converted a penalty soon afterwards.

The visitors’ first sniff at points inspired the home side to some good attacking play and within the first 10 minutes they had set up camp twice on England’s goal line.

England stuttered through the opening minutes, with Hodgson slotting another penalty to bring the deficit to one point after some good BaaBaas defence.

Eightman Thomas Waldrom scored his side’s first five pointer after he burst through some poor tackles by the home side.

Waldrom’s try opened the floodgates, with winger Christian Wade running over after recovering his own clever chip-kick.

Winger George Lowe scored soon thereafter with Hodgson converting the third try.

The BaaBaas found some renewed vigour and attacked, with England flanker James Haskell receiving a yellow card for continued infringements at the breakdown area.

With five minutes before half time, the home side scored their second through hooker Hannes Franklin.

Watts converted with England leading 25-14 at half time.

After the break, England struggled to put together attacking phases in the opening minutes of the second half before Waldrom burst over for his second try.

The BaaBaas never let up and winger Norman Nelson went over under the uprights after he beat no less than three of England’s defenders.

But England showed some class when some immense pressure on the Barbarians resulted in a good try for lock Graham Kitchener.

The South Africans kept up their attack, but Wade scored his second against the run of play after scrumhalf Danny Care intercepted on his own goal line.

The home side kept their heads up and attacked with replacement back Ntabeni Dukisa beating Wade on pace and rounding off in the corner.

England hit back through Care, who dived over under the uprights for an easy converted try.

Wade followed it up with his third try of the afternoon right at the death.

Waldrom was named man of the match.

SCORERS

SA Southern Barbarians

Tries: Jacques Engelbrecht, Hannes Franklin, Norman Nelson, Ntabeni Dukisa

Conversions: Elgar Watts 3

England

Tries: Thomas Waldrom (2), Christian Wade (3), George Lowe, Graham Kitchener, Danny Care

Conversions: Hodgson 4

Penalties: Hodgson 2

Yellow card: James Haskell (35 mins — repeated

infringements)

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