Second string show the Wade
England breeze past Baa-Baas in Kimberley
Last Updated: 13/06/12 4:19pm
England's second string secure their first win of their South African tour following a Christian Wade-inspired victory over South Africa Barbarians South in Kimberley.
Wasps wing Wade helped himself to a hat-trick as England ran in eight tries to record an emphatic 54-26 triumph.
The result, although encouraging, will not matter greatly in the context of the tour with eyes as much on individual performances and team selections as the scoreline.
Winger David Strettle, having been named in the initial side, was withdrawn while full-back Alex Goode was taken off at half-time.
Both are likely to be in the reckoning for the second Test in Johannesburg on Saturday, with at least two changes to be made following injuries to backs Brad Barritt and Mike Brown.
England's vulnerability in defence was exposed as early as the third minute, though, when Jacques Engelbrecht powered over, but the tourists quickly found their rhythm in attack with Thomas Waldrom and Wade crossing.
George Lowe - operating in the unfamiliar role of wing - took a neat inside pass from Quins team-mate Jordan Turner-Hall to make it 27-5, but the Baa-Baas replied before half-time through Hannes Franklin, with James Haskell in the sin bin.
The teams traded scores throughout an open second half - Waldrom bursting off the base of the scrum for his second before Norman Nelson danced through average tackling for the hosts.
Graham Kitchener got his name on the scoresheet before Anthony Allen provided Wade's second on the hour, and, after Ntabeni Dukisa's long-range score and Danny Care's reply, Wade collected the scrum-half's pass to complete his treble with the last play of the game.
Charlie Hodgson finished with 14 points from four conversions and two penalties.