England thrash USA 'A' 83-21
June 13, 2001

England collected their routine win over the United States but not before
Clive Woodward had threatened to take his team off the pitch.

Any threat to England's unbeaten record on their North American tour was ruthlessly swept aside with a four-try burst in 11 first-half minutes.

But manager Woodward grew increasingly annoyed at the erratic performance of
touch-judge Al Klemp and just past the hour wandered up to him and said he would abandon the game unless the American official started to pay attention.

The outburst livened up what had otherwise been a straightforward afternoon for the tourists.

In the rather surreal surroundings of the campus at the University of
Los Angeles, England emerged having changed in the cramped restrooms of the
nearby basketball court and took some time to get going.

The single, packed stand saw the visitors make a number of handling errors, which American scrum-half Kimball Kjar took advantage of create a positive impression.

USA also benefited from some sympathetic refereeing from New Zealand official Steve Walsh and took the lead when stand-off Link Wilfley booted home a fourth minute penalty.

It was never likely to prove the prelude to a shock home win and when England did hit their straps, predictably the tries came at regular intervals.

With Paul Sampson out of the Test team with a broken leg, a least one place in
Saturday's international is up for grabs and though starting at full-back, Tom Voyce did his chances no harm, completing a late hat-trick after his series of breaks had seen England sweep into a commanding lead.

Skipper Alex Sanderson was first man over, taking Voyce's inside pass to touch down under the posts.

Voyce's chip shortly afterwards was collected by another Test hopeful Paul
Sackey and the ball was quickly transferred across the pitch where the third contender David Rees galloped home unopposed.

Sackey then put his name on the scoresheet with a 10-minute brace, which came either side of a David Flatman try, Voyce again the creator with a neat sidestep down the right wing.

Having scored 33 unanswered points, England suddenly lost their impetus.
They were punished by two tries in as many minutes, both from their own mistakes, Jone Naqica collecting his own chip, before Alex Sanderson's woeful pass was scooped up by Jovesa Naivalu, who raced 70 metres to the line.

Normal service was quickly resumed when Olly Barkley scooted round some tiring
American defenders, feeding Voyce for the sixth England try.

The visitors disappeared into the sanctuary of their dressing room at
half-time, leaving USA on their own, taking their break on the field in traditional fashion.

The added comfort didn't do much for England and Wilfley reduced the gap with a pair of penalties, having also missed another two.

America's one familiar face , former Harlequins winger Jason Keyter, departed during the interval with a hamstring strain and his replacement, Victor Ubogu-lookalike Roger Grant certainly brought the 1,000-strong crowd to life with his enthusiastic tackling.

But more England tries were on the way.
Nick Walshe strode over from a quick tap and half-back partner brought up the half-century, failing miserably with the conversion attempt as Barkley received treatment for a minor injury.

Karl Thompson was sin-binned for an off-the-ball incident, leading to
Woodward's amazing outburst.

A man down, USA's part-time squad tired, allowing King and Voyce to grab their second scores and Waters his first, before Voyce completed his hat-trick two minutes from time, with Rees rounding off the 13-try rout.

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