Christian Wade has served notice to England head coach Stuart Lancaster after being left out of his World Cup training squad, with his hat-trick helping inflict a record 73-12 defeat on the Barbarians at Twickenham.
It was a one-sided affair from virtually the start on Sunday with wave after wave of white jerseys queuing up to cross their rivals line, and doing so with considerable ease to the dismay of Barbarians coach Robbie Deans.
The Barbarians previous biggest loss was 59-8 to the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong in 2013. It was also England’s biggest points tally against their rivals and Danny Cipriani set a new individual points record for an opposing player with 33 points including two tries.
It was 11 kicks out of 11 for Sale Sharks fly-half Cipriani as England’s fringe players took full advantage of the opportunity to press their World Cup claim by the August 31 deadline as they gave the Barbarians a heavy and painful beating.
Lancaster was certainly smiling for the first time at the end of a fairly disruptive and difficult few weeks which have seen the head coach needing to reassess his training squad plans due to player suspensions.
“A lot of the boys have enhanced their prospects with the way they have handled themselves this week and their performances.
“Christian Wade took his chance well. He is electric in open field and he is so difficult to stop when he gets going!
The writing was on the wall for the visitors as they trailed 45-5 by half-time and clearly losing confidence and hope. They also had two men sent to the sin bin during the game in Thomas Waldrom and captain Brad Thorn.
Former All Blacks hero Thorn produced a rare moment of Barbarians joy in the first-half as he forced his way over from close range after Thomas Waldrom’s break.
But there was to be no let up for the Barbarians who had beaten Ireland 22-21 a couple of days earlier, and they were no match for England.
“It was all about momentum,” said Barbarians coach Robbie Deans.
“Had we managed to score a try or two early on when we had the ascendancy then things might have been different but once England got that momentum they grew in confident and started shifting the ball around.”
Veteran Thorn was shown a yellow card for tip tackle on England replacement prop Alex Waller and missed the final ten minutes of the match.
Wade completed his hat-trick six minutes from time and Cipriani went over for his second to leave the Barbarians shell shocked.