Vunipola stars as England cruise
Vunipola stars as England cruiseSHARE
England got their South American tour off to a winning start on Sunday with a 41-21 victory over a Consur XV made up of players from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
The hosts were credited a penalty try in the opening quarter as England saw Jonny May yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on.
But Ben Foden crossed for England, missing a raft of front-line players on duty with the British and Irish Lions in Australia, before No.8 Billy Vunipola bagged a six-minute hat-trick.
England captain Tom Wood scored a fifth try just before half-time, flyhalf Stephen Myler landing three conversions.
Foden and prop Paul Doran-Jones scored tries for the visitors in the second period, the battling Consur XV bagging two of their own through Tomas Cubelli and Diego Magno, both converted by Benjamin Madero.
England now move on to Argentina, where they play the Pumas next Saturday.
For Consur XV:
Tries: Penalty try, Sansot, Magno
Cons: Madero 3
Tries: Foden 2, Vunipola 3, Wood, Doran Jones
Cons: Myler 3
Consur XV: 15 Tomás Carrió, 14 Belisario Agulla, 13 Francisco Sansot, 12 Juan Socino, 11 Leandro Leivas, 10 Benjamín Madero, 9 Tomás Cubelli (captain), 8 Antonio Ahualli, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Tomás de la Vega, 5 Pablo Huete, 4 Cesar Fruttero, 3 Mario Sagario, 2 Arturo Ávalo, 1 Bruno Postiglioni.
Replacements: 16 Alejo Corral, 17 Óscar Durán, 18 Nicolás Klapenbach, 19 Diego Magno, 20 Juan Gaminara, 21 Agustín Ormaechea, 22 Mosiés Duque, 23 Santiago Gbernau.
England: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Jonny May, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 David Strettle, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Johnson, 6 Tom Wood (capt) 5 Kearnan Myall, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Henry Thomas, 2 David Paice, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Paul Doran Jones, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Matt Kvesic, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Jonathan Joseph.
Referee: Joaquín Montes (Uruguay)
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Carlos Poggi (Argentina)