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England 70-0 Canada
Captain Jason Robinson (right) scored a hat-trick for England
England: (32) 70
Tries: Robinson 3, Lewsey 2, Tindall, Cueto 2, Hodgson, Greenwood, Moody, Vyvyan
Cons: Hodgson 2, Paul 3
Canada: 0
Jason Robinson marked his first match as England captain with a dazzling hat-trick as Canada were put to the sword.

England ran in first-half tries through Robinson (two), Josh Lewsey (two), Mike Tindall and Mark Cueto to lead 32-0.

Robinson and Charlie Hodgson added tries at the start of the second half before being taken off to be saved for South Africa.

England added further scores through Will Greenwood, Cueto again, Lewis Moody and Hugh Vyvyan.

The game had an edgy start with knock-ons by both sides before Hodgson took control.

The fly-half sliced through the Canadian backs from a line out and fired a lovely long pass to Robinson.

The new captain still had a lot to do but he handed off the first man and carried the next two Canadian defenders over the line.

Five minutes later Gomarsall's sniping break was acrobatically finished off in the same spot by the flying Lewsey.

We know we have some tough games coming up but it was a job well done
Jason Robinson
And the Wasps wing was soon on the scoresheet again as he plucked Hodgson's pin-point cross-field kick out of the air before racing over untouched.

Hodgson failed to convert all three tries from near the touchline but at 15-0 after 21 minutes England were well on their way.

A fine delayed pass from Henry Paul, followed by a clean break, set up Tindall for England's fourth try, with Hodgson finally on target with the conversion.

Hodgson was heavily involved a minute later, cutting through the defence before feeding Robinson, who put the third member of the Sale triumvirate, Cueto, over for his first England try.

Robinson then collected his second try with a matador's dummy, wrong-footing two Canadian defenders, at the end of a brilliant England counter attack.

Hodgson missed both conversions but England led 32-0 at the break.

The fly-half was on target with the extras after he opened the scoring in the second half with a fine solo try.

Robinson scored a dazzling solo try, converted from wide out by Paul, to complete his hat-trick and was promptly taken off to be saved for the forthcoming tests with South Africa and Australia.

Hodgson soon followed him off after a performance marked by some lovely passing and great vision.

With their bench on the field England lost their rhythm for a few minutes but picked up again to run in further tries through Greenwood, Cueto once more, Moody and Vyvyan.

Paul converted two of them as England got coach Andy Robinson's reign off to an emphatic start.


England: Jason Robinson (capt); Mark Cueto, Mike Tindall, Henry Paul, Josh Lewsey, Charlie Hodgson, Andy Gomarsall; Graham Rowntree, Steve Thompson, Julian White, Danny Grewcock, Steve Borthwick, Lewis Moody, Andy Hazell, Martin Corry.
Replacements: Andy Titterrell, Andrew Sheridan, Ben Kay, Hugh Vyvyan, Hall Charlton, Will Greenwood, Ben Cohen.

Canada: Derek Daypuck, David Moonlight, Ryan Smith, Marco Di Girolamo, Stirling Richmond, Ed Fairhurst, Pat Fleck; Kevin Tkachuk, Aaron Abrams, Forrest Gainer, Josh Jackson, Mike Burak, Jamie Cudmore, Stan McKeen, Colin Yukes.
Replacements: Mark Lawson, Garth Cooke, Dan Pletch, Christoph Strubin, David Spicer, John Cannon, Sean O'Leary.



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