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Australians Sweep Barbarians Aside

Comfortable victory for Wallabies at Twickenham

Posted Nov 29, 2011 by Chris White

James OConnor kicked 20 points for Australia

A Barbarians side filled with star names was no match for Australia at Twickenham, as the Wallabies cruised to a 60-11 victory, running in eight tries in the process.

The game marked the debut of rugby league star Sam Tomkins in the 15-man game, but he was helpless to prevent the rout. The Tri-Nations winners looked in outstanding form against the side coached by World Cup winner Graham Henry, whose side trailed 18-3 at half time. After the break, however, the Aussies showed their class as the Baa-Baa heads dropped.

Australia fielded their strongest available team, and had James O’Connor in fine form with the boot, kicking 20 points for his side, including seven out of eight conversions, a penalty and a drop goal, as they warmed up nicely for their match against Wales next week.

The touring side edged in front when O’Connor kicked a penalty and drop-goal to cancel out a penalty from Danny Cipriani, and scored their first try soon after as Digby Ioane carved his way through the midfield. Lachie Turner added a second try just before the break, despite being reduced to 14-men for the second time in the half in a scrappy match, scoring in the right corner.

Cipriani kicked a penalty for the Barbarians shortly after the break to keep them in touch, but a misplaced pass from the fly half went straight into the arms of centre Rob Horne, who dived over to score. That seemed to end all hope for the invitational side, who soon conceded three more tries, from James Horwill, and second scores from Turner and Ioane, and there was still time for Radike Samo to add an eighth before the end.

The Barbarians did give the crowd something to cheer in the dying moments, however, as Tomkins capped his union debut with a try in the corner.

Watch Sam Tomkins score his first try in rugby union late on for the Barbarians, and the missed conversion by Victor Matfield:


Barbarians: 15 Toeava, 14 Tomkins, 13 Fruean, 12 Mortlock, 11 Habana, 10 Cipriani, 9 Stringer; 1 Guinazu, 2 Mealamu, 3 Marconnet, 4 Shaw, 5 Matfield, 6 Kaino, 7 Bergamasco, 8 Thomson.

Replacements: Rabeni for Habana, Kenatale for Stringer, Perugini for Guinazu, Strauss for Mealamu, Bortolami for Shaw, White for Kaino, Kahui.

Australia: 15 Ashley-Cooper, 14 Turner, 13 Horne, 12 Barnes, 11 Ioane, 10 O’Connor, 9 Genia; 1 Slipper, 2 Polota-Nau, 3 Ma’afu, 4 Simmons, 5 Sharpe, 6 Higginbotham, 7 Pocock, 8 Dennis.

Replacements: Tapuai for Barnes, Phipps for Genia, Moore for Polota-Nau, Alexander for Ma’afu, Horwill for Sharpe, Hodgson for Pocock, Samo for Dennis.

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