Barbarians beat England 52-21 despite Will Skelton's red card

Charles Ollivon scored the opening try for Barbarians
Charles Ollivon scored the opening try for Barbarians
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England 21-52 Barbarians, Twickenham

Barbarians came up with a eight try performance as they went on to defeat England 52-21 at Twickenham Stadium despite a red card to Will Skelton.

England were without the players from Saracens and Leicester Tigers, who featured in the Premiership final but would be disappointed to suffer a defeat against Baa-Bass, who had Fabien Galthie and Shaun Edwards incharge.

England started the game on a positive note with a penalty goal from Marcus Smith in the 15th minute but shortly Jonny May was sin-binned for a deliberate knock on that also resulted in a penalty try for the invitational side to make it 3-7.

With the numerical advantage on their side, a loose pass from Harry Randall was capitalised as Charles Ollivon got the opening try in the 23rd minute and Antoine Hastoy kicked the conversion to make it 3-14.

Smith had a tough outing as he missed a penalty chance but the red rose team took control of the game briefly as Smith landed a penalty goal in the 32nd minute and shortly Will Skelton became the first Barbarians player to be red carded for a high tackle on Patrick Schickerling.

With the break approaching, Joe Cokanasiga and Damian Penaud traded tries as Barbarians completed the opening half with a 11-19 lead.

Barbarians extended their lead early in the second half with Baptiste Couilloud dotting down after a sleek move from Yoan Tanga and England were handed a new energy as Danny Care came off the bench for his first international appearance since November 2018.

Smith played a pivotal role as Jonny May touched down but Penaud completed his second in the 54th minute making it 16-31. Tom Curry and May created the space for England's third try that came through Smith in the 59th minute but he once again missed out on the conversion to make it 21-31.

With 14 minutes left in the game, Nolann Le Garrec sent a chip for Nolann Le Garrec to score in the 66th minute and Max Spring and Antoine Hastoy followed the suit as Barbarians completed a convincing victory.

Team line up:

England: Freeman; Cokanasiga, Marchant, Atkinson, May; Smith, Randall; Rodd, Walker, Collier, Ewels, Hill, Curry (c), Underhill, Dombrandt.

Reserves: Singleton, Goodrick-Clarke, Schickerling, Lawes, Willis, Care, Bailey, Nowell.

Barbarians: Spring; Penaud, Vakatawa, Botia, Niniashvili; Hastoy, Couilloud; Gros, Bourgarit, Gigashvili, Kruis, Skelton, Cretin, Ollivon (c), Tanga

Reserves: Priso, Tolofua, Falatea, Lavault, Le Garrec, Carbonel, Macalou, Vili