Corry and Lewsey treasure victory
May 30, 2009
Martin Corry celebrates with his daughters after victory at Twickenham © Getty Images
Martin Corry admitted that he would treasure the memories of his final Twickenham showing for the rest of his life. Corry led the Barbarians to an entertaining win over England at Twickenham in a game that saw both he and fellow World Cup-winner Josh Lewsey bid farewell to the home of English rugby.
"Everything about it has been great - apart from last 20 minutes," Corry joked on Sky Sports 1. "It's been very special, the national anthem, the game. Looking back, everything about the day will put a smile on my face.
"The kids will remember this one forever as well as me. Having the family and my kids here today, it's been very special. It's very rare that you can choose the way you go and the manner you do it. It was enjoyable but I don't think there are too many of those (performances) left in the bank."
Lewsey has also decided to hang up his boots in favour of a new challenge, climbing Mount Everest, and was touched by the occasion at the home of English rugby.
"It was a lot of fun," he said. "Playing with some of the names there and the calibre of some of the players - the rugby we played in the first-half was fantastic. It's been fantastic - a great day. The game was played in the true Barbarians spirit."
England coach Martin Johnson criticised his team for lacking "basic skills" and will struggle to turn around a flimsy defence before facing Argentina at Old Trafford next weekend. His young side saw their line breached five times by the free flowing Baa-Baas and looked out of it until a late surge.
"It's very disappointing the way we conceded the first two tries in the first half," he said. "Maybe there was a little bit of rustiness there in some of the guys, I don't know. We came back at the end, but at times our basic skills weren't good enough.
"We've got to pick a team for next week. You pick the guys and you've got to back them. Games like that are different to a Test match. The Barbarians moved the ball a lot. We had opportunities to turn them over but we let them get away with it and gave away two weak tries. It's frustrating. The standard of performance you expect is higher than that and they know that as well.
"Next week will be a different type of performance. They (Argentina) know how to win a Test match. We need to figure them out and put a plan together that's going to be effective against them."
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