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England Saxons 49-17 Russia

England Saxons (28) 49
Tries: Saull, Abendanon, Narraway, Varndell 2, Young, Myler Cons: Myler 7
Russia (14) 17
Try: Artemyev Pens: Kushnarev 4

Tom Varndell evades a Russian tackler
Wing Tom Varndell ran in two tries

England Saxons ran out comfortable winners over a spirited Russia in their opening Churchill Cup match in Denver.

The Saxons scored three tries in the first 15 minutes but Russia rallied, a Vasily Artemiev try ensuring they trailed only 28-14 at half-time.

The extreme heat and multiple changes led to a more scrappy second half but England added three more tries, two to wing Tom Varndell, to end with seven.

The Saxons' next game is against the United States on Sunday 13 June.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster praised his team's display.

He said: "I'm really pleased with that result. We had one or two errors which let Russia into the match but on the whole it was a good performance under tough conditions.

"You can't fault Russia's effort, they are a tough side and they've done well to come off the back of playing USA last weekend.

"We have to do the same and backup today's performance against the hosts on Sunday and that begins with getting our recovery right."

England Saxons: N Abendanon (Bath); J Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), J Clarke (Northampton), A Allen (Leicester), T Varndell (Wasps); S Myler (Northampton), M Young (Newcastle); N Wood (Gloucester), R Vickers (Newcastle), D Bell (Bath), G Kitchener (Worcester), G Skivington (Wasps - capt), T Wood (Worcester), A Saull (Saracens), L Narraway (Gloucester).
Replacements: A Titterrell (Leeds - for Vickers, 64), A Corbisiero (London Irish - for Bell, 42), N Catt (Bath - for N Wood, 54), K Myall (Leeds - for Kitchener, 51), L Dickson (Northampton - for Young (74, Barritt (Saracens - for Simpson-Daniel, 46), A Goode (Saracens - for Abendanon, 61).

Russia: Maglakelidze, Korshunov, E. Pronenko, Voytov, Fatakhov, Gresev, K. Kushnarev, Medkov, Yanyushkin, Y. Kushnarev, Gerasimov, Makovetskiy, Babaev, Artemyev, Klyuchnikov.
Replacements: Boyvinnikov for Maglakelidze (62), E Matveev for Korshunov (62), Khrokin for E Pronenko (65), Sergeev for K Kushnarev (62), Shakirov for Yanyushkin (65), Kuzin for Gerasimov (65), Korobyeinikov for Klyuchnikov (74).

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