Ashton bags treble as Baa-Baas win
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.”