Ash­ton bags tre­ble as Baa-Baas win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION: Ed­die Jones ad­mit­ted his Eng­land team were “shocked” by the Bar­bar­ians’ fe­roc­ity as they fell to a fourth suc­ces­sive de­feat in a 63-45 col­lapse at Twick­en­ham.

The Bar­bar­ians had com­pleted only three train­ing ses­sions as prepa­ra­tion for the non-cap in­ter­na­tional, head coach Pat Lam film­ing one of them for the ben­e­fit of those who had en­thu­si­as­ti­cally hon­oured the club’s so­cial tra­di­tions.

Among the fes­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised to bond the play­ers as quickly as pos­si­ble was a 1970s fancy dress din­ner that saw hat­trick hero Chris Ash­ton at­tend as a hippy, Finn Rus­sell as Austin Pow­ers and Justin Tipuric as the Cookie Monster.

In con­trast, Eng­land had been in camp for two weeks yet were still taken apart 9-6 on the try-count as they col­lapsed to their heav­i­est ever de­feat at Twick­en­ham.

“It felt like we were playing one-day cricket - score for score. In the first 20 min­utes we strug­gled to ad­just to the speed of the game. We got a bit shocked by it,” Jones said.

“We ad­justed well, got our­selves back into the game and played some good rugby.

“But then when we got fa­tigued in the last 20 min­utes we made some cru­cial er­rors in ex­e­cu­tion and it ended up cost­ing us the game.”

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