England 40 Barbarians 12 match report: Marland Yarde shows his true measure to defeat Baa-Baas

 

Twickenham

It is increasingly difficult to love these annual end-of-season Barbarians jamborees, which have all the romance and passion of an arranged marriage. But every now and again, a player with an eye for the main chance presents the best of himself to the watching world and leaves the audience, pretty much exhausted by eight months of thud and blunder, craving a little bit more.

Marland Yarde, the young wing from St Lucia who is just beginning to make his way in Premiership rugby, did that, and unless everyone's eyes were deceiving them, he will win a full England cap sooner rather than later. This much was clear after 40-odd seconds when, on being freed close to the touchline by the outside-half Freddie Burns, he beat the fearsome Fijian back Timoci Nagusa in a bare minimum of space before finding Burns with a sweet return pass that allowed the Gloucester man to open the scoring.

There was more to come at the start of the second half when Yarde went hunting off his wing and cut a sliderule angle to maximise a clever little wraparound move involving Burns and his half-back partner Richard Wigglesworth. He left Casey Laulala for dead – no mean feat in itself, for the New Zealander is nobody's fool when it comes to the one-on-one tackling duties – and finished in style.

Thanks to the recent pyrotechnics of the much-garlanded Wasps wing Christian Wade and the unnervingly rapid Gloucester back Jonny May, the 21-year-old Yarde has the lowest profile of the red-rose brat pack. It will not stay that way for long. He is bigger and more powerful than his rivals – "Closer to 100kg than 90 kg, which means he can bump people off as well as run round them," said the national coach Stuart Lancaster after this display – and the size-muscle-sinew differential should push him to the head of the queue for full Test honours. It may happen for him inside a fortnight, for England meet Argentina in the foothills of the Andes as their next agenda item.

Lancaster pronounced himself happy with his side's performance in what is always an awkward fixture against a scratch side who, by their very nature, are unlikely to do any of the things the England analysts might expect of them. Right from the start, the red rose forwards established superiority at the set-piece, where Alex Corbisiero, back in business after a nasty brush with a career-threatening knee problem, performed with all the skill, intelligence and astuteness of old. This gave Burns the time and space he craved, and he duly shut the Baa-Baas out of the contest before the interval.

The invitation side barely fired a shot until late in the piece, when Schalk Brits and Elliot Daly registered tries that could not conceivably have been more different – the first of them a ho-hum mauling effort from close range, the second of them an eye-catching strike from distance. But England had scored heavily in the half-hour after the restart and if the Baa-Baas do not front up earlier, and for far longer, against the Lions in Hong Kong this coming Saturday, that sponsor-driven fixture could be an embarrassment for all concerned.

England XV M Brown (Harlequins) (K Eastmond (Bath) 51); C Wade (Wasps), J Joseph (London Irish), W Twelvetrees (Gloucester), M Yarde (London Irish); F Burns (Gloucester) (J May (Gloucester) 64), R Wigglesworth (Saracens) (H Thomas (Exeter) 47); A Corbisiero (London Irish) (J Marler (Harlequins) 56), R Webber (Bath, capt) (D Paice (London Irish) 60), D Wilson (Bath) (H Thomas (Sale) 47), J Launchbury (Wasps), D Attwood (Bath) (K Myall (Sale) 47), T Johnson (Exeter), M Kvesic (Worcester), B Morgan (Gloucester) (V Vunipola (Wasps) 47).

Barbarians: E Daly (Wasps); T Nagusa (Montpellier) (R Varty (DeA Tigers) 60), C Laulala (Munster), M Tindall (Gloucester, capt), T Ngwenya (Biarritz); J Hook (Perpignan) (N Evans (Harlequins) 64), D Peel (Sale) (D Yachvili (Biarritz) 50; A Lo Cicero (Racing Metro) (D Jones (Ospreys) 45), M Rees (Scarlets) (S Brits (Saracens) 45), J Johnston (Harlequins) (P James (Bath) 64), J Hamilton (Gloucester) (D Mumm (Exeter) 56), M Wentzel (Wasps), A Zanni (Treviso), J Poff (Wasps), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz) (S Jones (Wasps) 60).

Referee L Hodges (Wales).

News
newsGlobal index has ranked the quality of life for OAPs - but the UK didn't even make it into the top 10
News
people

Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again

Sport
footballArsenal 4 Galatasaray 1: Wenger celebrates 18th anniversary in style
News
people
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people
News
peopleStella McCartney apologises over controversial Instagram picture
News
Gillian Anderson was paid less than her male co-star David Duchovny for three years while she was in the The X-Files until she protested and was given the same salary
people

Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood

Life and Style
Laid bare: the Good2Go app ensures people have a chance to make their intentions clear about having sex
techCould Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Arts and Entertainment
Swiss guards stand in the Sistine Chapel, which is to be lit, and protected, by 7,000 LEDs
art

The Sistine Chapel is set to be illuminated with thousands of LEDs

Arts and Entertainment
Richard Burr remains the baker to beat on the Great British Bake Off
tvRichard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Amazon has added a cautionary warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons on its streaming service
tv
News
people
News
The village was originally named Llansanffraid-ym-Mechain after the Celtic female Saint Brigit, but the name was changed 150 years ago to Llansantffraid – a decision which suggests the incorrect gender of the saint
newsA Welsh town has changed its name - and a prize if you can notice how
Arts and Entertainment
Kristen Scott Thomas in Electra at the Old Vic
theatreReview: Kristin Scott Thomas is magnificent in a five-star performance of ‘Electra’
Life and Style
Couples who boast about their relationship have been condemned as the most annoying Facebook users
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Hayley Williams performs with Paramore in New York
musicParamore singer says 'Steal Your Girl' is itself stolen from a New Found Glory hit
News
i100
Sport
Ronaldinho signs the t-shirt of a pitch invader
footballProof they are getting bolder
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?