England wins 11th straight rugby Test, downs U.S. 48-19


SAN FRANCISCO, AP

Leon Lloyd and Josh Lewsey scored two tries apiece as England won its record 11th straight rugby Test, defeating the United States 48-19. “It’s a great win. We’re really happy to get the 11th,” England captain Kyran Bracken said. “We came to do a job, and we did it.” In front of a Balboa Park-record crowd of 5,150 — most supporting the English side — Jone Naqica scored two of the United States’ three tries.

The young English squad got off to an early lead against a U.S. team that featured English Premiership star Dan Lyle, who plays for Bath, but few other international players. England’s Lions went up 21 0 before a break by U.S. flyhalf Grant Wells put right wing Naqica over the line for the try. A quick breakaway by Lloyd at the start of the second half increased England’s advantage to 38-5. Two quick tries by the U.S. squad cut the deficit to 38-19 and forced England to regroup, but the Lions’ early lead held up. “I think America is a sleeping giant in rugby terms,” Bracken said. “They look like one day they could be a formidable side if they put their resources into it.” Last weekend, England tied the national record for Test victories with a win over Canada’s national team in British Columbia. The streak began in July 2000 against South Africa. Though 19 England players have left the team since the streak began, Bracken said the younger replacements have earned invaluable international experience. “It’s been a long season, and it’s been a great tour,” Bracken said. “We’re just pleased that we created a few stars.”