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Below strength England humiliated by Pat Lam's Baabaas

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    28 May 2018     Getty Images

The British media have rounded on the England team and coach Eddie Jones as a result of the loss fearing what lies ahead for England in their June tour of South Africa.

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But for Lam the win was especially satisfying.

"I am hugely proud and honoured, the win was the outcome we wanted. I put it up on the board, but it was about the process, about the celebration," he told bristolpost.co.uk.

Lam said the side wanted to celebrate the one-off nature of the game and to celebrate the career of Puma Juan Fernandez Lobbe.

At the start of their five days together, Lam said he showed the side the Gareth Edwards try scored for the Barbarians against the All Blacks of 1972-73, 'the greatest try in history' to make them realise all the hard work that went in off the ball to make the try possible.

That had been the catalyst for posting more than 50 points against England at Twickenham for the first time in 108 years.

There had been nothing special about the team's training, it involved the Barbarians tradition of bonding off the field as much as off it.
"We put more emphasis on what we do off the ball. Yes there are a lot of x-factor guys, yes there are a lot of great individuals but as we know the game of rugby, this beautiful game of rugby, is all about team work.

"And it just comes about how hard we work to get back, be in support, tackle, and that is what I am most proud of," he said.

Former All Black loose forward Victor Vito, now playing in France scored two tries in the win while rejected England wing Chris Ashton scored a hat-trick.

England coach Eddie Jones said the loss felt like it was one-day cricket.

"We struggled in the first 20 minutes to adjust to the speed of the game. We were a bit shocked by that.

"But we adjusted well, got ourselves back into the game, played some good rugby. Then when we got fatigue in the last 20 minutes, we made some crucial errors in execution and it ended up costing us the game," he said.

England had been without their top 15 players and there were another 22 players unavailable so it had been a test of their depth and the result had to be looked at in that context, Jones said.