England Counties in comfortable 67-10 win over Prairie Wolf Pack

  • England Counties beat Prairie Wolf Pack 67-10 in Calgary
  • Counties made 10 changes from the side that beat BC Bears 41-0

England Counties made it two wins from two on their tour of Canada with a comfortable 67-10 victory over Prairie Wolf Pack in Calgary. 

The Counties side had travelled 600 miles from Vancouver to Calgary for the match but showed no sign of fatigue, scoring 50 points in the second half against the Canadian Rugby Championship winners. 

With temperatures reaching 31 degrees, England got off to the perfect start when back row Harry Bate picked up a loose ball, sprinting through to put the visitors ahead with the try converted by centre Leo Fielding.

Shortly after the try the hosts were reduced to 14 men after their flanker was sent to the sin bin and England Counties swiftly capitalised on the advantage.

Fly half Joe Tarrant's perfectly measured cross-field kick was collected by Dan Williams to score, extending England's lead.

The hosts soon narrowed the gap with an unconverted try from prop Nick McAuley, leaving the score 17-5 at half time to England.

The hosts started the second half the stronger of the two sides with another unconverted try from scrum half Jake Robinson to make it 17-10 but England soon gained control of the match. 

Four tries in quick succession from Dan Seal, Sam Baker, Fielding and Bate took the match away from Prairie Wolf Pack with the visitors now leading 41-10.

Replacements Rob Conquest, Ryan Parkinson and Chris May soon joined the fray giving England some fresh legs in the challenging winds and high temperatures. 

Bate was able to  crash over the line for his hat-trick before further tries from winger James Stokes and two from Leo Fielding gave England a 67-10 lead at the final whistle. 

FORWARD DOMINANCE

Despite making 10 changes from the side that beat BC Bears in Vancouver, England Counties were once again able to dominate their opposition in the forwards. 

The visitors had control at the set pieces from the outset which gave space for the backs to score out wide.

Flanker Bate exemplified a tireless and committed team display with a fine individual performance, scoring three tries as well as causing Prairie Wolf Pack problems in the loose. 

UP NEXT

England Counties will now travel to Toronto to play Ontario Blues in Toronto on Saturday, 11 June (8.30 BST) who they beat 32-26 when the teams last met in 2010, for their final match of this Canada tour. 

The Team:

1. Daniel Seal (East Midlands and Cambridge)
2. Tom Cowan-Dickie (Cornwall and Redruth)
3. Craig Williams (Cornwall and Redruth)
4. Dan Williams (Devon and Torquay)
5. Ian Kench (Surrey and Esher)
6. Keith Laughlin (Northumberland and Blaydon) - Captain
7. Harry Bate (Hertfordshire and Old Albanians)
8. David Fairbrother (Lancashire and Fylde)

9. Jack Walsh (Kent and Blackheath)
10.Joe Tarrant (Eastern Counties and Ampthill)
11.Sam Baker (Gloucestershire and Cinderford)
12. Sebastien Rodwell (Gloucestershire and London Irish Wild Geese)
13. Leo Fielding (Gloucestershire and Blackheath)
14. James Stokes (Eastern Counties and Coventry)
15. Mike Wilcox (Cinderford and Gloucestershire)

Replacements:

16. Matt Miles (Hertfordshire and Old Albanians)
17. Trevor Davison (Durham and Blaydon)
18. Elliot Millar-Mills (Cheshire and Macclesfield)
19. Rob Conquest (Hertfordshire and Darlington Mowden Park)
20. Ryan Parkinson (Cheshire and Macclesfield)
21. Tom Banks (Hertfordshire and Bishop's Stortford)
22. Chris May (Hertfordshire and Old Albanians)
23. Freddie Gabbitass (Kent and Blackheath)

 


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