Sport In Brief: Benjamin is miles too good for Canada as Churchill Cup bows out
Sunday 19 June 2011
The England Saxons won the Churchill Cup yesterday, by beating Canada 37-6 at Sixways. In the other matches staged at Worcester, the USA won the bowl with a 33-25 victory over Russia and Italy A won the plate by beating Tonga 27-18.
The Worcester wing Miles Benjamin scored two tries for the Saxons and the Sale flanker James Gaskell, the Gloucester wing Charlie Sharples and the London Irish lock Jamie Gibson also scored. The Harlequins fly-half Rory Clegg kicked 12 points; James Pritchard kicked a penalty and Ander Monro dropped a goal for Canada.
England's second team won six of the nine Churchill Cups played since 2003, the other winners being New Zealand Maori (2004, 2006) and Ireland A (2009). The tournament will not return next season as the USA and Canada, the RFU's partners in the event, have been included in the International Rugby Board's senior tours programme. They will thus face top-tier nations at home each June. Martin Pengelly
Rugby League: Gale blows Wakefield away
Luke Gale led Harlequins to a 40-22 victory over fellow Super League strugglers Wakefield. Gale scored the first try, set up two for Chris Bailey and Luke Dorn and kicked 12 points. Tony Clubb also scored before a Dale Morton try opened Wakefield's account. Chris Melling, Chad Randall and Jamie O'Callaghan added tries for Quins, with Julien Rinaldi, Jarred Hickey and Paul Johnson going over for Wakefield.
Triathlon: Brownlee at the double
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