Poms fight back for draw

Berrick Barnes missed a late penalty as the Australian Barbarians drew with England 28-28 in Perth.

In a clash between what is essentially the two countries’ second-stringers ahead of the first Test on Saturday, the Australians led 25-13 after 47 minutes. Then James O’Connor, who had scored all their points up to that point with three tries, two conversions and two penalties, was subbed, and the Poms grabbed a 28-25 lead.

Barnes slotted a penalty to draw the scores level, but missed an injury-time kick as England held on after their fightback.

South African Hendre Fourie defended well in his first match for the visitors.