England thrash sorry Baabaas

Date published: May 31 2015

Christian Wade scored a hat-trick as England cruised past a poor Barbarians side 73-12 in a one-sided affair at Twickenham.

The game started competitively with Marland Yarde's early try cancelled out by Brad Thorn, but from then on it was one-way traffic as an inexperienced England side cut the Barbarians to shreds.

They led 45-5 by half-time, and despite slowing down a little after the break, they looked comfortable.

It was a sad way to go out for Thorn, who was sin-binned late on for a tip tackle on Alex Waller, although the Kiwi legend took it in good spirit.

However the Barbarians, who beat Ireland during the week, were very poor, with the game effectively just a training session

While Wade scored three, and should have got another only to knock on while dotting down, it was Exeter duo Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade who impressed.

The former struggled a little bit with his lineouts early on, but was brilliant in the loose, providing the scoring pass for Yarde's opener.

That was after Slade had floated a lovely wide ball to create the space, with the inside centre doing his chances of making England's final World Cup squad a lot of good.

Elsewhere Stuart Lancaster will have been pleased to see Joe Launchbury come through his England return unscathed, but it was his second row partner Ed Slater who also shone, grabbing a try from a rolling maul.

His score came while the Barbarians were down to 14, with Thomas Waldrom in the sin-bin, and they used their extra man to run in two more tries through Jack Clifford and Wade.

The Wasps flyer grabbed his second three minutes later, stepping inside Joe Rokocoko and David Smith before Danny Cipriani scored England's sixth before half-time.

Slade was next over early in the second half, but the Barbarians finally responded when Waldrom finished smartly with an excellent pick-up from close range.

Josh Beaumont was the next man over for England, showing his pace to sprint over from out wide, before Wade completed his hat-trick late on.

Cipriani, who finished the game at full-back, produced an excellent kicking display, finishing 11 from 11 from the tee, while completing the scoring with the final try.

The scorers:

For England: 
Yarde, Slater, Clifford, Wade 3, Cipriani 2, Slade, Beaumont
Cons: Cipriani 10
Pen: Cipriani

For Barbarians: 
Tries: Thorn, Waldrom
Con: Pisi
Yellow cards: Waldrom, Thorn

England: 15 Mat Tait, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Henry Slade, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Josh Beaumont, 7 Jack Clifford, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Joe Launchbury, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Matt Mullan.
Replacements: 16 Tom Taylor, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Gareth Denman, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Jon Fisher, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Alex Lewington.

Barbarians: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 David Smith, 13 Joe Rokocoko, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Ugo Monye, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 George Smith, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Brad Thorn (c), 4 Samu Manoa, 3 Matias Diaz, 2 David Ward, 1 Saimone Taumoepeau.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Roberto Tejerizo, 18 Adam Jones, 19 Nathan Hines, 20 Pablo Matera, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Stephen Brett, 23 Yoshi Fujita.

Venue: Twickenham Stadium
Referee: George Clancy
Assistant referees: Luke Pearce, Shaun Dix
TMO: Sean Davey