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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 December, 2003, 18:48 GMT
England celebrate with win
England 42-17 NZ Barbarians

Winger Ben Cohen score two tries for England
England: 42
Tries: Cohen 2, Grayson, Stevens, Simpson-Daniel, Tindall
Cons: Grayson 3
Pens: Grayson 2
NZ Barbarians: 17
Tries: Flavell, Lowen
Cons: Jackson 2
Pens: Jackson
England celebrated their World Cup triumph with an entertaining victory over the New Zealand Barbarians.

The world champions out-scored their guests by six tries to one, although they were given a scare in the first half as the Barbarians led 10-3.

But by the end England were well on top and they produced some dazzling rugby.

Powerhouse winger Ben Cohen grabbed two tries as England marked their first match back at Twickenham since the World Cup with a comprehensive win.

Paul Grayson, James Simpson-Daniel, Matt Stevens and Mike Tindall scored England's other tries, with Grayson kicking two penalties and three conversions.

Partly because of club commitments, and partly because he wanted to check out some of the young talent at his disposal, England boss Clive Woodward started with a side that contained only four of the players who beat Australia to win the World Cup.

Once the match had finished, the World Cup-winning squad, many of whom had played for their clubs earlier in the day, paraded the Webb-Ellis trophy in front of a delirious Twickenham crowd.

England came out of the blocks determined to put on a show for their adoring fans and were rewarded for their early pressure with a Grayson penalty.

It looked as though they were going to impose themselves on the game but, with captain Richard Hill temporarily off the field with a blood injury, the Barbarians came storming back and took the lead with the first try of the game.

After a searing Rico Gear break down the right-hand touchline the Barbarians switched play to the left and second row Troy Flavell strode over for the first try of the match.

Jackson converted and added a penalty after 19 minutes to make it 10-3 as England struggled to get hold of the ball.

It looked a bit worrying for the hosts but they hit back almost immediately with a try made in Northampton, as Cohen soared above the defence to claim Grayson's cross-kick.

Grayson then dummied over for a try of his own but, although they started to dominate possession and territory, England could not add to their try tally until after half-time.

Cohen powered his way over from 10 metres from a tap penalty and Grayson's conversion, added to the penalty he kicked right after the interval, took England out to a 23-10 lead with more than half an hour to play.

England boss Clive Woodward brought on four substitutes but it made no difference to England's momentum and young Bath prop Stevens soon marked his first appearance in an England shirt with a short-range try.

Hill had to leave the field again after he was punched by Flavell but even without their inspirational captain the hosts maintained their sparkling form.

They added a fifth try through a converted Simpson-Daniel effort and although the Barbarians managed to cross England's line for a second time, through Keith Lowen, the last word went to the world champions.

Fittingly it came from World Cup winner Tindall, who ambled through a gap for a converted try right on the final whistle.

England: Jason Robinson (Sale Sharks); James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), Ollie Smith (Leicester), Stuart Abbott (Wasps), Ben Cohen (Northampton); Paul Grayson (Northampton), Andy Gomarsall (Gloucester); Trevor Woodman (Gloucester), Andy Titterall (Sale), Matt Stevens (Bath), Danny Grewcock (Bath), Simon Shaw (Wasps), Martin Corry (Leicester), Richard Hill (Saracens, capt), Joe Worsley (Wasps).
Replacements: Andy Long (Rotherham), Andrew Sheridan (Sale), Hugh Vyvyan (Newcastle), Pat Sanderson (Harlequins), Kyran Bracken (Saracens), Mike Tindall (Bath), Ben Gollings (Newcastle).

NZ Baa-Baas: Jorrie Muller (Cats); Rico Gear (North Harbour), Keith Lowen (Waikato), Daryl Gibson (Leicester), Diego Albanese (Leeds); Glenn Jackson (Bay of Plenty), Danny Lee (Otago); Tony Woodcock (North Harbour), Andrew Hore (Taranaki), Deacon Manu (Waikato), Troy Flavell (North Harbour), Simon Maling (Otago), Taine Randell (Saracens, captain), Josh Blackie (Otago), Xavier Rush (Auckland).
Replacements: Ace Tiatia (Harlequins), Marius Hurter (Newcastle), Norm Maxwell (Canterbury), Sam Harding (Otago), Ben Willis (Harlequins), Tanner Vili (Borders), Epi Taione (Newcastle).

England coach Clive Woodward
"I think we got the right team out there today"

England v NZ Barbarians photos
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