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Internationals | London
15:00 (GMT) | 04-11-2017
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THat's the end of a very entertaining match. Thank you for joining us. Remeber to catch Connacht vs Cheetahs later today
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In the spirit of the game man of the match Kwagga Smith gets the opportunity to line-up the kick but he misses right in front of the posts
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A rather American football style cross kick finds Aso and the Baabaas scores a traditional Barbarian try to finish off the game. George Bridge scores the try
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All Blacks scrum inside the Baabaas half they win a free kick and look to run but the Baabaas wins a penalty
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New Zealand wins a penalty and opts for touch. They look to spread it wide from the line-out but the ball is lost forward by Britz as he tries to intercept
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The Baabaas still looking for space in the All Blacks defensive line but they are kept out by a well organised defensive line
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The Barbarians makes a meal of their line-out ball and the All Blacks pounces on it but their momentum is stopped when the ball is lost forward on attack
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Possession changes hands and the Baabaas look to buld a few phases. They win a penalty and opt for touch
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Ker-Barlow feeds as the All Blacks attack the blindside. They bring the ball back and put it up in the middle, sucking in the Baabaas defense
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Scrum on the halfway line for the All Blacks. Scrum reset
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Baabaas with ball in hand as they look to breach the All Black defense. They put in a grubber kick that goes over the try line but Barrett is there to dot it down 22 drop-out
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The Baabaas wins a penalty and opts to run but the All Blacks defense holds strong as they force a scrum close to their 22
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The Baabaas edging closer as they play a couple of phases in front of goal
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After the restart the Barbarians wins the ball back and they look to attack. They win a penalty inside the All Black's 22 and they opt for touch
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Barrett adds the extras
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After the restart New Zealand seems to have gained some momentum and another Baabaas mistake leads to a try by Nathan Harris
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Barrett adds the extras
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After the restart New Zealand clears with a high ball as they apply pressure and wins the ball back. They counter wide and find space edging closer to the try line. The ball comes out to Sam Cane who drives his way over for a try
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Barrett adds the extras
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All Blacks scrum 5m away. The ball goes Ngani Laumape who powers over Mo'unga and scores a try
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Penalty for New Zealand as they opt for touch and look to maul. They find some momentum but the ball is held up over the try line
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Kwagga Smith makes a turnover and finds space before he is run down but has players in support but the ball is lost forward and New Zealand plays the advantage
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The Baabaas makes a turn over and looks to build an attack but possession changes hands again
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New Zealand opts for touch but they fail to find touch and the Baabaas look to attack before New Zealand wins the ball back
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The All Blacks look bash it over but the Baabaas defense holds strong. They win a penalty and opt to run. Kwagga Smith puts in a kick and chases it down as he forces a scrum for the Baabaas on the 5. The ref goes upstairs and awards a penalty for New Zealand for a push on Ardi Savea
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Scrum reset
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The All Blacks holding onto the ball in front of the goal line, they win a penalty and opt for the scrum
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Barrett gets the 2nd half on the way as Carter fields and puts it up. Vorster clears with a grubber but the All Blacks runs it back as the look to build a few phases.

Half Time

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The Baabaas looks for a final opportunity as they win a penalty and taps quickly. They find space wide but their momentum is stopped by a handling error New Zealand looks to counter but play is stopped after a knock-on and that brings the 1st half to an end
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The All Blacks wins a penalty and opts for a scrum as they look to build an attack. Barrett puts in a cross kick but the ball is soon lost forward
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After the restart the Barbarians win the ball back and plays a few phases before the ball is turned over and New Zealand looks to attack but the ball is lost forward and the Baabaas gets a scrum in good attacking position
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Barrett fails to add the extras
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The All Blacks manages to create some momentum and tests the Baabaas defense. After a while timed offload Vaea Fifita scores a try
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At the return of play the Baabaas in true Barbarian style finds space wide but their momentum is topped by a handling error. All Blacks scrum inside their own half
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This time Mo'unga adds the extras
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The Barbarians attacking inches away from the try line and they play phase after phase. Sam Carter powers his way over the line
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Baabaas penalty in front of goal and they opt to run.
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New Zealand attacking and again Steven Luatua makes an intercept that puts the Baabaas on the front foot and they win a penalty and opt for touch 5m out
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Baabaas line-out close to their own 10 as a New Zealand pass goes into touch
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Baabaas scrum on their own 5 and they look to run from deep inside their own half
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After the restart the Baabaas looks to build an attack after the All Blacks cleared. Possession changes hand and the All Blacks find space on the left flank but the ball is lost forward
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The conversion is missed by Sopoaga
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After the restart the Baabaas makes an error and the All Blacks gets a scrum in good attacking position. They attack the blind side and after a magic offload by Waisake Naholo sees TJ Perenara go over for a try
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Mo'unga fails to add the extras
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All Blacks line-out inside their own half they look to put the ball up in the midfield but the ball is intercepted by Steven Luatua and he is clear but is chased down but passes to George Bridge who goes over for the try
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After the restart the Baabaas clears and the All Blacks looks to build an attack of their own. Vaea Fifita runs a great line and finds space but holds onto the ball for too long and the Baabaas manages to clear
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Mo'unga fails to convert his own try
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Ellis feeds the scrum and the Baabaas attacks the left side before the bring the attack back and a well timed pass to the blind finds Richard Mo'unga who scores the 1st try of the night
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Scrum reset
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The All Black defense holds up as the Baabaas is awarded 5m from the try line
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The Baabaas are edging closer as they are attacking the midfield and testing the All Blacks defense
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Penalty won by the Baabaas and they opt for touch, finding it 5m out
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The Baabas wins a free-kick and they opt to run it but the ball is soon ran into touch
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The Baabas wins a free-kick and they opt to run it but the ball is soon ran into touch
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The Baabaas gets the game on the way with a deep kick off. The All Blacks secures the ball and clears. The men in white and black looks to run it back as they go wide but the ball is lost forward on to the wing. All Blacks scrum inside their own half
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Players are doing their final preparation and singing the New Zealand and English National anthem before the game gets on the way.
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Players to look out for in the Baabaas line up would have to be Julian Savea, Richard Mo'unga and Steven Luatua which feels funny to say, while the All Blacks will expect strong performances by David Havili, Beauden Barrett and Vaea Fifita
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It has been described as a New Zealand trial match - with 10 players ion the fringe of All Black selection playing for the BaaBaas.
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Welcome to Twickenham, where the Barbarians will host New Zealand in what is sure to be a very interesting match.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 George Bridge
  • 14 Julian Savea
  • 13 Richard Buckman
  • 12 Harold Voster
  • 11 Vince Aso
  • 10 Richard Mo'unga
  • 9 Andy Ellis
  • 8 Luke Whitelock
  • 7 Albertus Smith
  • 6 Steven Luatua
  • 5 Dominic Bird
  • 4 Sam Carter
  • 3 Atunaisa Moli
  • 2 Adriaan Strauss
  • 1 Jacques van Rooyen
RESERVES
  • 23 Dillon Hunt
  • 22 Robert du Preez
  • 21 Mitchell Drummond
  • 20 Ruan Ackermann
  • 19 Willie Britz
  • 18 Ruan Smith
  • 17 Ben Franks
  • 16 Armand van der Merwe
START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Nathan Harris
  • 3 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 4 Luke Romano
  • 5 Scott Barrett
  • 6 Vaea Fifita
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Jerome Kaino
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 12 Ngani Laumape
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 15 David Havili
RESERVES
  • 16 Asafo Aumua
  • 17 Tim Perry
  • 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 19 Patrick Tuipulotu
  • 20 Sam Cane
  • 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 22 Lima Sopoaga
  • 23 Matt Duffie
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Preview: Barbarians v New Zealand

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 07:46

BROTHERLY RIVALRY: The selection of Hurricanes wing Julian Savea has given the contest between the Barbarians and New Zealand an intriguing twist.

The All Blacks discard Savea will be eager to prove himself in the hopes of regaining his spot in Steve Hansen's squad.

Aside from Savea the 'Bus',  the Barbarians are stacked with familiar faces.

Ten players in the BaaBaas' starting XV are either 'fringe' players or part of the All Blacks' larger squad.

The rest of the starting XV includes four South Africans and an Australian.

It may be that a fixture between a 'scratch' side and the world champions looks out of place in professional rugby union

But the vast southern hemisphere contingent provides a touch of intensity to Saturday's match between the Barbarians and New Zealand at Twickenham.

Founded in 1890 by William Percy Carpmael, who was inspired by his own experience of playing rugby for Blackheath and Cambridge University, the Barbarians have never had a ground of their own and membership has been by invitation only.

Among their enduring traditions is an emphasis on attacking, running rugby, while all their teams contain at least one player yet to make a Test debut and everyone in a Barbarians side wears their own club or international socks, the club having none of their own.

Robbie Deans, the New Zealander in charge of the 'BaaBaas' coaching team this weekend, has emphasised the players enduring worth which transcends the composition of any given matchday 23.

"It's a point of difference, from their routine, their competition grind and it's unique because it brings people together who would ordinarily play against each other," the former All Blacks fullback told reporters ahead of a team Halloween fancy dress-party featuring 'Batman' and a 'Power Ranger' at the squad's London hotel.

"The Barbarians really does capture the essence of rugby, everything that's great about the game."

And with some 65 000 spectators expected at Twickenham this weekend, the former Australia coach was confident fans would not be short-changed.   

"We’ll challenge them [New Zealand] - you never have it all your own way,"

The risk of a 'blow-out' of the Barbarians being brushed aside by a better-drilled team in an age where a converted try is worth seven points, has often been cited as a threat to the future of their showpiece matches.

Yet this has partly been offset by countries such as New Zealand using the fixture as a chance to blood promising players, while the competitive instincts of those selected for the Barbarians often kick-in.

Indeed when they last played New Zealand, the Barbarians won 25-18 at Twickenham in 2009.

Moreover 'blow-outs' happen in Tests too - New Zealand overwhelmed South Africa 57-0 in Albany this September.

Only last weekend the Barbarians, under the guidance of former Wallaby coach Alan Jones, ran Australia close before losing 31-28 in Sydney.

This Saturday there is even more direct national opposition, with powerhouse wing Julian Savea playing for the Barbarians against a New Zealand side featuring younger brother Ardie.

New Zealand scrumhalf Thomas Perenara said representing the Barbarians had helped establish friendships that would otherwise not have existed.

"[South Africa's] Jean de Villiers, we had a scuffle the first time we played together, and because of that I didn't really like him," recalled Perenara.

"But then when I got the chance to spend some time with him in [a Barbarians] camp, I realised he's one of the best guys I've ever met in the game,"

Meanwhile, for fans there is always the hope they can say "I was there" for the kind of magical moment that saw Phil Bennett, side-stepping audaciously near his own line, instigate the move that led to a try for fellow Wales great Gareth Edwards in the Barbarians' most celebrated victory, a 23-11 win over New Zealand in Cardiff in 1973.

Now replayed countless thousands of times on YouTube alone, that try is still widely regarded as the greatest in rugby union history, with seven players - six Welshmen and England's John Pullin - involved in a stunning length-of-the-field score.

Bennett, summing up what makes the Barbarians special, when yet again recalling 'the try' this week, said: "If I'd been playing for Wales, it'd have been into touch somewhere near the half-way line,"

Teams:

Barbarians: 15 George Bridge, 14 Julian Savea , 13 Richard Buckman , 12 Harold Vorster , 11 Vince Aso , 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Andy Ellis (captain), 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe,17 Ben Franks, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Ruan Ackermann, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Dillon Hunt.

New Zealand: 15 David Havili, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Beauden Barrett (captain), 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Matt Duffie.

Date: Saturday, November 4
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT; 03.00 NZ Time, Sunday, November 5)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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All Blacks just too good for BaaBaas

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 15:00

REPORT: New Zealand won and entertaining match 31-22 against an inventive Barbarians team at Twickenham on Saturday.

The BaaBaas scored three tries in the opening half-hour to race into a 17-5 lead, but a powerful second half allowed the All Blacks to claw their way back into the game and race clear.

At 31-17 the game appeared over, but the BaaBaas kept fighting and - despite being too little, too late - they were rewarded with a fourth try right on full-time.

New Zealand was in trouble at 5-17 5 down just on the half-hour mark, but rallied either side of the break as the Barbarians ran out of steam amid a welter of replacements by both teams in a match celebrating the 125th anniversary of the New Zealand Rugby Union.

But the stars of the game were the uncapped Barbarians duo of Crusaders fullback George Bridge, who scored two tries against his compatriots, and impressive South African flank Albertus Smith.

This non-cap game at a grey and often rainy Twickenham resembled a New Zealand 'Probables v Possibles' trial, with 10 Kiwis in the Barbarians starting XV.

All Blacks wing Julian Savea, who has scored 46 tries in 54 Tests, was looking to prove a point for the invitational side after being left out of New Zealand's tour squad but he had a largely quiet game.

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett was captaining a team for the first time in his rugby career, with regular skipper Kieran Read one of several first-choice players omitted by coach Steve Hansen.

Adding to the New Zealand flavour was the fact that the Barbarians were coached by former Crusaders and Australia boss Robbie Deans, himself a former All Blacks fullback.

The Barbarians were hoping to emulate their celebrated 23-11 win over New Zealand in Cardiff back in 1973 and a 25-18 success when they last met the All Blacks, at Twickenham in 2009.

They took just eight minutes to score following a five-metre scrum as Barbarians captain Andy Ellis - a former All Blacks scrumhalf - sent in flyhalf and compatriot Richie Mo'unga at the right corner.

The tradition of this fixture is that both sides run the ball and New Zealand flank Vaea Fifita did just that with a cross-field break only to fail to find the supporting Ngani Laumape.

All Black back row forward Steven Luatua, now playing for English club Bristol, intercepted a pass on his own 22 and burst clear before finding Bridge, who scored in the left corner.

Mo'unga missed both conversions but the BaaBaas led 10-0 on 14 minutes.

New Zealand eventually hit back when a sustained period of pressure ended with wing Waisake Naholo sending over scrum-half Thomas Perenara in the corner.

Liam Sopoaga, taking over kicking duties while Barrett was in the blood-bin, made a hash of the conversion but New Zealand was back in the game.

Luatua excited the crowd again with another intercept but, lacking the confidence to charge on, failed to find his supporting teammates.

The Barbarians were on top and a quick tap penalty from close range led to their third try.

Ellis ran the ball before Wallaby lock Sam Carter forced his way over.

This time Mo'unga did convert and the Barbarians led 17-5.

Eventually, New Zealand hit back when Naholo sent in Fifita for a try on an overlap four minutes before half-time.

Barrett missed the conversion but come the 53rd minute New Zealand was level when centre Laumape surged through Mo'unga's tackle after taking a flat pass off a five-metre scrum for a converted try.

Just two minutes later, the All Blacks were in front after the Barbarians failed to deal with a high ball.

Laumape stepped past Luatua and replacement Sam Cane burrowed over.

Barely had the Barbarians absorbed that score than New Zealand, after their opponents failed to deal with another high ball, saw hooker Nathan Harris cash in with a try.

But, with 80 minutes on the clock, the Barbarians had the last word when a fine moved led to Bridge's second try.

Man of the match: Harold Vorster and Richard Buckman made for in interesting midfield combination, while Steve Luatua was the power of the BaaBaas' pack. Waisake Naholo, Ngani Laumape and Beauden Barrett put their full array of skills on display. Sam Cane was a monster when he came on, Jerome Kaino, Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea and Scott Barrett were very influential in securing the win. However, our award goes to the Barbarians' openside flank Albertus Smith - not the biggest player, but certainly the biggest heart.

Moment of the match: After the full-time hooter had gone, the Barbarians won a penalty put the ball down for a place-kick - with Robert du Preez finding teammate Vince Aso on the touchline. Some sloppy interplay followed, but the BaaBaas managed to regain control of the ball and it resulted in a try for George Bridge. It may not have been the winning score, but it was pure genius - inventive and everything that is good about the BaaBaas.

Villain. None, only heroes.

The scorers:

For the Barbarians:
Tries:
 Mo'unga, Bridge 2, Carter
Con: Mo'unga

For New Zealand:
Tries:
 Perenara, Fifita, Laumape, Cane, Harris
Cons: Barrett 3

Teams:

Barbarians: 15 George Bridge, 14 Julian Savea , 13 Richard Buckman , 12 Harold Vorster , 11 Vince Aso , 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Andy Ellis (captain), 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Ruan Ackermann, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Dillon Hunt.

New Zealand: 15 David Havili, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Beauden Barrett (captain), 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Matt Duffie.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (Australia), Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

 

Richard Mo'unga (8min), George Bridge (14min), Sam Carter (28min), and George Bridge (81min)
TRIES
TJ Perenara (17min), Vaea Fifita (34min), Ngani Laumape (52min), and Sam Cane (55min)
Richard Mo'unga (30min)
CONVERSIONS
Beauden Barrett (53min) and Beauden Barrett (56min)
 
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE London
REFEREE Nigel Owens (Wales)