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Debut try for Saxons winner Waldrom

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Leicester Tigers back-rower Thomas Waldrom scored a try on his England Saxons debut in the 23-17 win over Irish Wolfhounds.

With club colleague Billy Twelvetrees starting at centre, Waldrom claimed his score in the 53rd minute of a tough contest at Sandy Park, Exeter, grabbing a deflected chip kick from fly-half Freddie Burns to dive in under the posts.

“It was good to get the first game under my belt,” said Waldrom, who travelled to the Rugby World Cup with England but is yet to win a first senior cap.

“It was a big week leading up to it and it was good to get out and do my thing. It’s an important stepping stone and it was a big deal.

“All 22 guys out there want to be pushing for the top team but you’ve got to perform, whether you’re at the Tigers or here you’ve just to go out and enjoy it. That’s what I did.”

Teenage scrum-half Ben Spencer also scored on his Saxons debut as England opened the 2012 international campaign with victory. Burns added two conversions and three penalties. The Wolfhounds responded with scores from David Kearney, Tomas O’Leary and Simon Zebo.

Saxons coach Jon Callard believes there is more to come from the side as they add more precision to a committed performance in front of an 8,000 crowd.

“We weren’t clinical and it wasn’t flash but the boys dug in,” said Callard.

The Saxons regroup next week before heading to Galashiels to face Scotland A on Friday, February 3.