Charlotte Barbarians @ Triad : February 1, 2020
The Barbos traveled up to Greensboro on a great day for rugby. Cooler weather and overcast skies made the conditions perfect for a great game for two hard hitting and equal paced teams. The game started as a stalemate with both teams looking to take advantage of mistakes the other made. Triad pushed hard and got your Barbos inside of their 5 meter line before a penalty gave the Barbos a little breathing room and helped start the ball rolling on offense. After a good series of play from the backs and a decent kick forward, Triad found themselves inside of their 5 meter and giving up a penalty. A quick tap and go and a couple phases later the Barbos were under the posts for a try by wing Matt Primm! Conversion was good by Ian Mueller and made the game 7-0. The game continued to be a harder hitting game with a lot of forward play from both teams. Triad with their hard running plays and the Barbos with their dominating size on the pitch began a back and forth that lasted 20 minutes or so. After a kick to touch around Triad’s 5 meter line, the Barbos line out was stolen. In the contact the ball was stolen by the Barbos #8, Big Mac and after a quick forearm and shove aside, the Barbos were over the try line again! Within 5 minutes the half was over with the Barbos up 12-0. The second half started very sluggish for the Barbos, poor tackling and bad spacing led to 2 tries under the posts in less than 10 minutes. With the tables turned very quickly, the Barbos looked to make a stand and work their way down field to get more points on the board. In the 60th minute a penalty kick was made by #10 Bobby Rae to make the score 15-14. Alas, it was not to be a very long lead as Triad scores one more time to put themselves up 19-15 with 8 minutes left on the clock. The Barbos on the field laid their hearts out and longed for the try line but were plagued by silly penalties and fitness that was left to be desired. After the final whistle the score was 19-15, a hard and heartbreaking loss for the Barbos, their first of the season. After this week, the Barbos set their sights on a home match against a formidable Fort Bragg team that is always good competition on 2/15. See you all then!
Forward of the Match- Murphy Swancey- PropBack of the Match- Matt Primm- Wing
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