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Saturday, November 14, 1998 Published at 23:55 GMT

Sport: Rugby Union

England swamp Dutch minnows

The scoreboard operator takes a well-earned breather

England 110 Netherlands 0

England cruised through their World Cup qualifier at Huddersfield with 16 tries to set their record total.

Ian Robertson reports (BBC Radio 5 Live)
The Netherlands' afternoon was marked out straight from the kick-off - watching wave after wave of white shirts pouring over their try-line.

A hundred was expected and the hosts delivered, thanks partly to an awesome kicking display of 15 conversions by Paul Grayson - smashing the standing record of nine for an English player.

Only occasionally suspect handling by the hosts gave the Dutch possession - rather than hope - in the European zone pool two mismatch.

Guscott moves to second

[ image: Martin Johnson bulldozes through the Dutch defence]
Martin Johnson bulldozes through the Dutch defence
Open-side Neil Back opened England's account with a score from a driven maul from a line-out against a team that recently lost to non-national league side London Nigerians.

The men in white were back again at regular intervals from then on, with a penalty try for Austin Healey in the 10th minute, a walk over for Will Greenwood in the 15th and a shimmy in from the 22 for Jeremy Guscott in the 17th.

That score placed Guscott at number two in England's list of try scorers with 19, behind Rory Underwood with 49. Guscott made it 22 by the end.

Back then made his bid for the fastest hat-trick by a flanker with another try from a driven line, this time on the other side of the pitch, followed by a lucky bounce from a Dutch fumble to secure his three inside 27 minutes.

Hooker Richard Cockerill rumbled over three minutes into injury time at the end of the half to give England a 47-0 lead.

Back claims record

[ image: Will Greenwood breaks clear]
Will Greenwood breaks clear
By the time the hosts had sent Martin Corry and Matt Dawson over within five minutes of the start of the second half, the brave but utterly outplayed Netherlands looked stunned, exhausted and secondary to the plot.

Dawson's try gave Grayson the English record for conversions in a single match - nine - which he would extend to 15 before the final whistle.

In the 51st minute, Darren Garforth, Ben Clark, Matt Perry and Gareth Archer were subbed off for Graham Rowntree, Nick Beal, Tim Rodber and Richard Hill.

Back went over for his fourth from another driven line to equal the world record for tries by a forward in an international.

Ton up

[ image: Dan Luger enjoyed his debut]
Dan Luger enjoyed his debut
Then a minute later, he gave Dan Luger his debut try in open space with a four-man overlap to put England in sight of a ton.

The hundred came through a try from Healey followed by a hat-trick in quick succession for Guscott to give him a total of four.

Beal crossed in the dying moments - cue another metronomic kick from the superb Grayson.

Speaking after the match, England coach Clive Woodward said: "I thought the second half was better than the first.

"We've got a lot to work on. I'm just glad that everybody - the Dutch - made it off the pitch unhurt."


England: Perry, Healey, Greenwood, Guscott, Luger, Grayson, Dawson, Leonard, Cockerill, Garforth, Johnson, Archer, Clarke, Corry, Back. Replacements: Beal, de Glanville, Catt, Hill, Rodber, Rowntree, Greening.

Holland: Webber, Winkels, van der Walle, Everts, Viguurs, Vervoort, Marcker, Van Esch, Seybel, Philippo, Faas, Donkers, van de Ven, Elisara, Holten. Replacements: Kofman, Lips, Ramaker, Hudson, Schumacher, Brat, Bloemsaat.

Referee: R Duhau (France).

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