England secure belated victory
June 15, 2010
Matt Banahan looks for a way through in Gosford
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England finally recorded their first win of their tour of Australia and New Zealand with a hard fought victory over the Australian Barbarians at the Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.
Two penalties from Charlie Hodgson and three from Olly Barkley eventually proved enough to seal the win, although a lack of creativity will worry Martin Johnson ahead of the second Test at Sydney.
The visitors, captained by Joe Worsley, featured seven changes from the 28-28 draw with the Barbarians last Tuesday. They made an enterprising start and took a third-minute lead with a Charlie Hodgson penalty after a promising attack, launched by Dan Ward-Smith's break down the wing.
Winger Matt Banahan made three powerful runs and Strettle, on the opposite flank, looked elusive as England looked to inject some pace into their game on the back of another dominant scrum performance.
Referee Steve Walsh awarded England a dubious penalty to put them further ahead, which Hodgson missed but he soon pushed the tourists further ahead as the Barbarians struggled to break out of their own half. Berrick Barnes then slotted two penalties to draw the Barbarians level and England were fortunate not to trail at the interval after he missed a simple shot at goal.
The Barbarians edged into a 9-6 lead early in the second half before England's scrum dominance proved the difference and Barkley booted England home.
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