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Slater leads England to tour victory

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Ed Slater led England to a 38-7 victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch on Tuesday, the opening win of the tour to New Zealand.

Leicester Tigers lock Slater, one of four uncapped players in England's starting line-up, came through the full 80 minutes at the AMI Stadium.
England scored four first-half tries to lead 26-7 at the break.
Scores from Joe Gray and Ben Foden provided an early 12-0 lead and, after a reply from Matt Todd on 20 minutes, centre Brad Barritt quickly added another as England took a 19-7 advantage.
Slater played a big part in the next try, ripping ball from a maul to attack the Crusaders line and, when possession was recycled, Alex Goode scored on the right. Danny Cipriani’s third conversion of the evening made it 26-7, a lead the tourists retained up to half-time.
Anthony Watson added a fifth try midway through the second half and, as coach Stuart Lancaster spread game-time through the 23-man squad, replacement Chris Pennell touched down in the last minute for the final score.
England (v Crusaders)
15 Alex Goode (Saracens)
14 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
13 Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
12 Brad Barritt (Saracens)
11 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
10 Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
9 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
1 Alex Waller (Northampton Saints)
2 Joe Gray (Harlequins)
3 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
4 Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)(c)
5 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
6 James Haskell (London Wasps)
7 Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
8 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
16 David Ward (Harlequins)
17 Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby)
18 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
19 Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks)
20 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)
21 Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
22 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
23 Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors)