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Barbarians 14-39 Ireland

Barbarians (7) 14
Tries: Newby, Wannenburg Cons: Hewat 2
Ireland (24) 39
Tries: Bowe, Horgan 2, Heaslip 2 Cons: Wallace 4 Pens: Wallace 2

Paddy Wallace (centre) is tackled by Morgan Turinui and Stephen Larkham
Morgan Turinui tries to halt Paddy Wallace at Kingsholm

Ireland's understrength team were scarcely impressive but still claimed victory over a disorganised Barbarians outfit at Kingsholm.

Tommy Bowe's early try and two Shane Horgan scores helped Ireland lead 24-0.

All Black Craig Newby replied for the Baa-Baas before the break but sustained a worrying injury which forced him to be stretchered off the field.

Jamie Heaslip scored two second-half tries for the Irish, which were split by a Pedrie Wannenburg touchdown.

Brian O'Driscoll was a late withdrawal from the game following the death of a close friend and it's not yet clear whether he will have to delay his departure for the summer tour of New Zealand and Australia with the Ireland squad travelling at the weekend.

Bowe scored Ireland's opening try in the fourth minute after a missed tackle from Sosene Anesi.

The Ulster wing should have notched another touchdown two minutes later but he spilled a Rob Kearney pass just short of the Barbarians line.

After adding the conversion, Wallace then struck an Irish penalty to extend the advantage to 10-0 and more non-existent Barbarians tackling enabled Horgan to burst through for Ireland's second try in the 21th minute.

Kearney's interception in his own 22 set up a second try for Horgan on 25 minutes with the Irish skipper for the night getting in for the finish helped by more shambolic Baa-Baas defence.

The most memorable Barbarians moment of the first half was an almighty hit by Ollie le Roux which ensured an early departure for Michael Ross, who was wearing the Ireland senior jersey for the first time.


The Irish wasted further try scoring opportunities before Newby opened the Barbarians' account in first-half injury-time.

But the All Black sustained his worrying injury in crashing over for the score and sensing the concern, referee Andrew Small blew up slightly early for half-time after Peter Hewat had added the conversion.

Newby remained outstretched on the field for several minutes during the half-time interval before being gingerly removed to hospital by several medics.

Both teams struggled for fluency in the 15 minutes after half-time with the Barbarians unable to exploit Isaac Boss' sin-binning.

Heaslip's try got the scoring going again in the 58th minute, helped by another dismal attempt at a tackle by Anesi.

Neil Best then appeared to be lucky to avoid a yellow card after landing a punch on Cobus Visagie which resulted in the South African having to leave the field with a blood injury.

Predictably, Best was soon singled out for retaliation as tempers became frayed.

With the Baa-Baas finally fired up, Wannenburg barged over for a late try, with the Irish tackling weak on this occasion.

However, Heaslip had the final scoring say in injury-time after good running by replacements Tom Court and Frank Murphy.

Ireland: R Kearney, S Horgan, G Duffy, L Fitzgerald, T Bowe, P Wallace, I Boss, B Young, R Best, M Ross, B Casey, M O'Kelly, S Ferris, S Jennings, J Heaslip.
Replacements: B Jackman, T Court, R Caldwell, N Best, F Murphy, J Sexton, G Dempsey.

Barbarians: P Hewat; S Anesi, M Turinui (capt), J Pretorius, L Vainikolo; S Larkham, M Claassens, O le Roux, S Bruno, C Visagie, K Chesney, R Skeate, C Newby, D Croft, P Wannenburg.
Replacements: M Regan, P Collazo, S Dellape, M Chapman, A Gomarsall, G Jackson, T Smith.

Referee: Andrew Small (England).

see also
Baa-Baas pick Vainikolo & Balshaw
20 May 08 |  Rugby Union

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