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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 May, 2003, 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK
Baa-Baas spoil Jenkins' day
WALES v BARBARIANS
Man-of-the-match AJ Venter batters the Wales defence
Wales (7) 35
Tries: M Taylor, I Harris, T Shanklin (3). Cons: S Jones (4), N Jenkins.
Barbarians (17) 48
Tries: B Reihana (2), O Magne, S Harding, A Tuilevu, M Galwey, A Garvey, M Robinson. Cons: F Contepomi (4).
Att: 23,721
The Barbarians added Wales' scalp to those of England and Scotland as they finished their unbeaten tour in Cardiff.

Aggressive forwards and a talented back line helped the invitational side run in eight tries against Wales, for whom Tom Shanklin got a hat-trick.

The home crowd had something to cheer when fly-half hero Neil Jenkins came on in the 66th minute for his 100th and final Welsh appearance, and he kicked the last points of the game with a late conversion.

But the result means Wales will head to Australia and New Zealand for their summer tour on the back of a seven-game losing run.

Wales put themselves under pressure early on, Rhys Williams losing the ball in midfield to give flying Fijian Aisea Tuilevu a run to the corner.

Jenkins proved what a great player he's been - that last kick summed up the man
Wales coach Steve Hansen
Iestyn Harris showed good speed to bring the winger down short of the line, and fine Martyn Williams defence helped keep the Barbarian hordes at bay.

The respite was short-lived, however, and some patient Baa-Baas build-up resulted in wing Bruce Reihana romping in past prop Adam Jones for the game's opening try.

French flanker Olivier Magne was at the heart of the next score, stealing ball from a Wales ruck.

A swift and stylish attack saw the Baa-Baas runners aiming at a disorganised defence, and Magne eased past Gareth Llewellyn for the second try.

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor crosses for Wales' first try
Stephen Jones got Wales going in the 32nd minute, throwing a great dummy to split the Barbarian defence. Jones fed the supporting Harris who shipped on to Mark Taylor for a 40 metre run-in.

But the visitors fired straight back, as Percy Montgomery counter-attacked from deep in his half with a kick and gather.

The Newport full-back fed Reihana who passed inside to the supporting Sam Harding.

The Otago flanker went in under the posts, Felipe Contepomi's first successful conversion making it 17-7 at the break.

One minute after the restart a moment of magic from Iestyn Harris got Wales back into the game.

The former rugby league man took the ball in midfield, threw a dummy to break the first line of defence then glided past Montgomery for a converted try.

Neil Jenkins
Jenkins fires over his final kick for Wales
Wales were again on the attack when a remarkable lapse in concentration gifted the visitors a try.

The men in red took the ball into a ruck, but Tuilevu simply plucked the ball out and ran in unopposed from 60 metres.

Barbarian pressure continued to build, and after a sustained period of forward pressure veteran Ireland lock Mick Galwey crashed over for their fifth try.

Harris was again the catalyst for a Wales fightback, though, this time making a superb outside break before feeding inside to Tom Shanklin who crossed under the posts.

Then came Jenkins' historic entrance. The 87-cap man replaced Harris, but moved straight to fly-half, Stephen Jones switching to the centre.

It's a great honour to play for the Barbarians - I hope they continue for many years
Man-of-the-match AJ Venter
The Baa-Baas showed little sentiment, however, running in tries from Adrian Garvey, Reihana and Mark Robinson.

Shanklin then grabbed his second score, before Jenkins made the break that led to the Saracens three-quarter's hat-trick in the closing moments.

The conversion was from a difficult wide angle, but only one man was going to take it and there was only ever going to be one result.

Jenkins fired the kick clean and true and the touch judges' flags were raised for the 'Ginger Monster' one last time.


Wales: Garan Evans (Llanelli); Mark Jones (Llanelli), Mark Taylor (Llanelli), Iestyn Harris (Cardiff), Rhys Williams (Cardiff); Stephen Jones (Llanelli), Dwayne Peel (Llanelli); Iestyn Thomas (Llanelli), Robin McBryde (Llanelli), Adam Jones (Neath), Vernon Cooper (Llanelli), Gareth Llewellyn (Neath), Colin Charvis (Swansea), Martyn Williams (Cardiff, capt), Alix Popham (Leeds).
Replacements: Mefin Davies (Pontypridd), Ben Evans (Cardiff), Gareth Delve (Bath), Chris Wyatt (Llanelli), Mike Phillips (Llanelli), Neil Jenkins (Pontypridd), Tom Shanklin (Cardiff).

Barbarians: P Montgomery (Newport & South Africa); A Tuilevu (Otago & Fiji), C Stoica (Castres & Italy), D Gibson (Bristol & New Zealand), B Reihana (Northampton & New Zealand); F Contepomi (Bristol & Argentina), M Robinson (Auckland Blues & New Zealand); O le Roux (Natal Sharks & South Africa), M Sexton (Ulster), F Tournaire (Leicester & France), R Strudwick (London Irish), M Connors (Northampton & Australia, capt), S Harding (Otago Highlanders & New Zealand), O Magne (Montferrand & France), AJ Venter (Natal Sharks & South Africa).
Replacements: R Ibanez (Castres & France), A Garvey (Newport & South Africa), M Galwey (Munster & Ireland), S Phelan (Club Athletico San Isidro & Argentina), D Edwards (London Irish), M Perry (Bath & England), S Staniforth (NSW Waratahs & Australia).

Ref: Dave Pearson (England)

Touch judges: Steve Leyshon (England), Robin Goodliffe (England)

Third official: Hugh Watkins (Wales)




SEE ALSO
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