14-man Barbarians humiliated England before touring Australia

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Damian Penaud |  (Photo by David Rogers / Getty Images)

Damian Penaud | (Photo by David Rogers / Getty Images)

At barbarian cause crushing 52-21 lose to him England at Twickenham on Saturday despite playing more than half a man’s game down after Will Skelton was sent off.

Skelton became the first player in Barbarians history to see a red when the Australian locks were fired for shoulder charges for head prop Patrick Schickerling who also ended Exeter’s front line match when he failed his head injury assessment.

However, the Barbarians team mainly includes French players and is coached by Fabien Galthie, who led France to the Six Nations Grand Slam this season, still scoring eight tries.

French star Damian Penaud crossed twice, with Baptiste Couilloud, Louis Carbonel, Max Spring and Antoine Hastoy also on the scoresheet.

Not even seen scrumhalf Danny Care, making his first England outing in nearly four years when he came in as a third-quarter replacement, could turn the tide.

England do not have some first-choice players for what is, according to tradition, a non-cap international after the Premiership final was between Leicester and the Saracens.

Even so, it still looks less good ahead of England’s tour of Australia next month, with coach Eddie Jones due to open the team for a three -test series against the Wallabies on Monday.

It was the dominance of the Barbarians that the former England locked George Kruis, in the last match before retiring, kicked three conversions including a shocking backheel.

Bennett upeti

Before kick-off, the Barbarians formed number 10 as a mark of respect for former Wales flyhalf Phil Bennett, who died at the age of 73 was announced last Sunday.

Players and spectators then greeted Bennett, who started his rugby union’s biggest try when approaching his own line when the Barbarians won 1973 against New Zealand in Cardiff, with a one -minute applause.

Marcus Smith kicked England into the early leaderboard before the Barbarians advanced through an 18 -minute penalty try awarded to Jonny May for deliberately beating.

Barbarian captain Charles Ollivon extended the lead after taking a loose Harry Randall pass.

The Barbarians won 14-3 but three minutes after Skelton was sent off giving hope of England’s resurgence, with flyhalf Smith kicking a penalty and winger Joe Cokanuraa crossed for a try.

But in a usually ‘open’ Barbarians game, Mark Atkinson’s pass intended for Cokanasakan fell to Penaud and the wing cantered for an easy try.

Couilloud was added to the tally after a hose in the England defense before Penaud scored a second attempt courtesy of an acrobatic finish that was scrutinized by televised match officials.

Smith darted over to try but the Barbarians finished in fine style. Nolann Le Garrec attacked the defense for Carbonel.

There was even better to come for the Barbarians when Spring went over for a crown sweeping move before Hastoy finished the rout.

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