Gear scores 2 tries, Barbarians beat England 39-29
LONDON (AP) — Former New Zealand winger Hosea Gear scored two of the Barbarians’ five tries in a 39-29 victory over an inexperienced England team in an entertaining non-cap international at Twickenham on Sunday.
With most of the country’s top players currently on tour in New Zealand, a virtually third-choice England lineup did well to go into halftime 18-14 ahead despite tries by Kiwi center Benson Stanley and Argentina fullback Juan Martin Hernandez for the Barbarians.
Georgia No. 8 Mamuka Gorgodze stretched over early in the second half to give the Barbarians a lead they would not relinquish, and Gear crowned an explosive display with two tries in the final 16 minutes.
“It’s not easy to come here and get a win against England,” said Gear, who played for Toulouse in France’s Top 14 this past season. “It doesn’t matter what team they put out.”
The so-called “Baa-Baas” are an invitational team drawn from elite players around the world. Their squad for this game had nine different nationalities with more than 700 international caps between them.
England’s tries came through Dave Ewers and Charlie Sharples in the first half and young flyhalf Henry Slade after the break.
The win for the Barbarians made amends for their big defeats to England and the British and Irish Lions in 2013.