England Counties XV 35 Tunisia 7
For Tunisia, final match preparation for their 2007 World Cup qualifier against Kenya in Nairobi next week. For England Counties, a chance of representative honours for players drawn from the national leagues below the Premiership.
There were seven players from local clubs in the Counties squad at Broadstreet's splendid Coventry ground and three of them - Moseley pair James Rodwell and Ollie Thomas, and Pertemps Bess scrum-half Paul Knight - contributed 21 of the points.
Fly-half Thomas converted Counties' first three tries, but his wayward decision-making in general play led to his 50th minute replacement by Ed Barnes of Plymouth Albion, who scored one and converted both of the later home tries.
In the back row, No 8 Rodwell and club colleague Mark Evans played throughout, as did Paul Knight, while his brother Dave on the wing, Coventry lock Dave Campton and Nuneaton flanker John Munro entered second-half fray from the bench before the hour.
With ideal conditions underfoot, both sides began with abandon, the scratch nature of at least one team leading to a litany of handling errors and turnovers.
The Tunisians were smaller and lighter, yet until they had two players yellow carded and then tired in the late stages, pushed and drove back well above their weight in the scrums, mauls and tackles.
However, they were pushed off their own defensive five-metre scrum on 20 minutes, Rodwell picking up and plunging over for the first try before flanker Bouaoui Rhouma was the first to be sinbinned for handling in the rucks.
Nonetheless Tunisia quickly equalised when full-back Mahmoud Khadhraoui scored a solo try from his own half, catching his own chip ahead and racing over for an effort converted by Sami Limem, only for centre Pierrick Gaillard to kill ball on the ground and see yellow.
Down to 13 men Tunisia could not prevent Paul Knight nipping over from a penalty lineout for Counties' third try just before half-time and they were still one man short when Counties captain and prop Duncan Cormack of Esher scored after 46 minutes.
It took until the closing stages before Barnes weaved 30 metres at pace to the posts and Rodwell also got over again on an overlap from a quick lineout throw-in.