England 54 (21)
USA 6 (6)
Bit of an odd game, that. The first 30 minutes were a shambles for England.
The backs were appalling; they kept trying to pull off the same fancy moves
as they did in the last 5N, with the same results - missed passes and
dropped balls. Luckily for them, the Americans didn't capitalise on these
mistakes, which would have had the AB and Oz back lines through and scoring.
As for the Americans, well in the first 30 minutes, they looked pretty
sharp. Their tackling was brilliant, and the likes of Llyod and Reese won't
forget those tackles in a hurry. Some good tight, creative work by the
forwards, although they were of course totally destroyed in the scrum. As a
result, the poor half backs had no chance. The first half dozen scrums
must've taken the yanks totally by surprise, since they collapsed every
time. After the 3rd time this happened on the US line, Bevan ruled a
penalty try, which in my opinion was grossly unfair. They didn't collapse
it deliberately, they just collapsed under the weight of all the english
vat-grown apes. Not that it mattered in the final score.
In the second half, though, the English got it together and stepped up the
pace, leaving the poor americans floundering in the wet grass. Greenwood
was surprisingly good after his long absense, Grayson was competant, and
young Worsley looks like a good back up for Neil Back.
Overall, though, a bit of a demonstration of the huge gap between pro and
amateur. Should be interesting to watch the full test this Saturday,