Barbarians silenced at the Rec

PUBLISHED: 08:46 04 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 May 2010

THIS was a game both teams were determined to try and lose. Barbarians with their superior pack and Winscombe with their superior backs seemed incapable of playing to their strengths. The Barbarians spent most of

Winscombe 8 pts Bristol Barbarians 5 ptsTHIS was a game both teams were determined to try and lose.Barbarians with their superior pack and Winscombe with their superior backs seemed incapable of playing to their strengths.The Barbarians spent most of the game pushing Winscombe around the park and winning a majority of the line-outs, including Winscombe's. On the credit side, Winscombe should be praised for their outstanding defending on the many occasions Barbarians threatened their line. The Winscombe backs were obviously of a considerably higher standard, as was proved the first time they moved the ball when Robbie Suik came into the line at speed, drew the defence before feeding Chris Richmond who ran in unopposed.The rest of the half was a turgid affair with the Barbarians trying to bludgeon their way upfield, while Winscombe kicked away most of their possession. After a stern team talk at half time, better things were expected from Winscombe in the second half. However, after just five minutes the Barbarian monsters steamrolled down the park for a well executed push-over try to bring the scores level. Barbarians were happy to retain possession up front and just trundle the ball down the pitch, however they did not bank on the superb defending by Winscombe. Eventually Winscombe were rewarded with a penalty in front of the post which James Carter converted.

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