All Blacks come from behind to see off exuberant Barbarians

• Barbarians 22-31 New Zealand
• Waisake Naholo creates two All Blacks tries after Barbarians storm into lead

New Zealand might not have England’s financial might, but they have pulling power. A crowd of more than 60,000 a long way from Auckland watched what was effectively an All Blacks trial for supporting parts, rather than the main roles, and if the rain hampered handling, the Barbarians were considerably more motivated and intent than they have come to be when facing England here at the end of a season.

The Barbarians were 10-0 up in 14 minutes and led for more than half the match. They had 10 New Zealanders in their starting lineup and all except five of the 53 points were scored by players qualified to play for the World Cup holders. The second row Sam Carter was the exception and the Wallaby’s try, after 29 minutes, marked the high point for the invitation club as he put them 17-5 ahead. They were not to score again until the final move of the match, but they contributed richly to an afternoon that revealed shades of the Barbarians of old.

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