England draw with Australian Barbarians

England’s second string drew 28-28 with the Australian Barbarians today, and on the face of it, the result seems quite encouraging.

I didn’t actually see the game, but given the strength of the Barbarians’ side with many players pushing for Test places, I’d probably have taken a draw.

However, reports are suggesting that the performance was fairly shabby, and that England should have won the game. Perhaps if any of The Rugby Blog’s readers watched the game, they could enlighten us a little?

James O’Connor scored 25 of the Baabaas’ 28 points, whilst Dan Ward-Smith, Matt Banahan and Lee Mears crossed the whitewash for England.

3 thoughts on “England draw with Australian Barbarians

  1. hendre fourie was impressive and so was the english scrum, but matt banahan was poor getting beaten by cummins several times he is just not an internationlal class winger. matt tait had a few half breaks and chris robshaw led well from the front

  2. Where did you manage to watch the game Rob? I tried to find anywhere that was broadcasting it but to no avail…

    Is it that time of year when we dare get excited about a victory for the main team on Saturday?!

  3. Mid week games are being steamed online. Check out the link below:


    As for our performance, it was poor – even for many of the players who were never really in contention for playing in the test matchs. Mears, Robshaw + DWS had good games, however unfortunately our backs looked as though they had no idea what a rugby ball is, let alone what to do with one when they got hands on it. All we did was run sideways, our discipline was awful, we gave way too many penalties away and our tackling was more often than not “soft”. The only real positive I took from the game was our determination not to lose and we kept fighting till the very last minute – unlike the Barbarians game last sunday. In all honesty, we were lucky to get a draw, however, for an Australian team which is full of talent and most people believed would rip us a new one, it was a relief to see that they actually weren’t that good themselves, leaving me in the usual state of hopeful wishing for the test matches. Fingers crossed!

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