Independent Schools Barbarians U18 v Irish Exiles U19 by rVG08Fol

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									           Independent Schools Barbarians U18 v Irish Exiles U19

                Independent Schools Barbarians 22 Irish Exiles 12

The Independent Schools Barbarians met at Stowe School as a group of individuals,
from many different schools from all over England, and they finished the day a team.
It was a team which had just beaten a very competitive Irish Exiles U19 side, who had
played a number of games already this season.

The match was played at breakneck speed and some early misunderstandings amongst
tense, nervous looking players put the Barbarians under pressure in the opening
minutes, leading to the Exiles opening the scoring but failing to convert. This was
perhaps what the Barbarians needed as they then relaxed and burst into life scoring 3
unconverted tries (Callum Bennett, Kirkham Grammar School followed by Miles
Mantella, Millfield College and then Joel Dudley, Bromsgrove School).

The pace and handling from all the squad was at times breathtaking and the lead was
well deserved. Just when it looked like the Barbarians might run away with the game
the opposition dug deep and found the desire that has made the Irish National side so
tough to beat in recent times. The Barbarians resolute defence could only hold out for
so long and it was fitting that a Barbarian player from last year David Devlin Jones
scored for the Exiles to bring the score to within 3 points (15-12).

In the closing minutes of the match the Barbarians twice turned down simple attempts
to kick for goal and pressed to close the match out in style – which they did with Sam
Heygate, Rugby School being driven over at the death, with the conversion putting
the gloss on a 22-12 victory for the boys in pink.

It was an extremely impressive performance based upon 1 hour of training and the
passion and desire to play quick attacking rugby perhaps proving, to some extent, the
sceptics who say that the ELV’s have ruined the game wrong! I’m sure that the 200
spectators would agree that they were privileged to watch a terrific game of rugby
union.

Next up for the Barbarians are the Crawshay’s Welsh U19s on February 6th at London
Welsh RFC.

								
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