Match Reports Round 10

Posted on April 15, 2018

U6

The U6s arrived at Redfield College for the Gala Day. All Players sporting a smile ready for Harry to lead them on to the field. Hills Rugby were the first opponents.  The opening kick-off by Nick saw the ball put deep in the Hills half. James’ defence is always strong with him stifling the offensive onslaught from the Hills team. In response, both Holly and Elizabeth worked together to score the Barbarian’s first try of the day. After the girls try the combined effort from the brothers Harry and Nick once again troubled the scorers with Harry making a break and crossing the line.

The second game saw the Barbarians take on the team from Penrith. Eddie lead the team on with Ben and Nick volunteering to help the Penrith team out. Once again the Barbarians kicked off to Penrith. Penrith ran the ball back but the solid defence of Eddie and once again James saw slow progress from Penrith but they finally scored the first try of the game. Holly got the ball and made a strong run through the middle to score her second try of the day. In a flying run down the sideline, Elizabeth bagged her second try for the weekend. James then got his hands on the ball, with a dart to the left then to right and then to the left again he broke through the Penrith team to put the ball down in the corner. The referee then blew the whistle for halftime.

In the second half, Eddie put his hand up to help the Penrith team with both Ben and Nick putting the Barbarian Jersey back on. Ben had an immediate effect with a determined run up the middle. The run put the team in a strong position then Ruaidhri got his hands on the ball. An elusive run down the left-hand side saw him score his first try of the game. Then it was Nick’s turn with a darting run up the right side of the field with his speed he proved to quick to catch. He crossed the line for his second try of the weekend. The strong support and running from Ben paid off, with him scoring his first try of the game.  

On review of the team’s performance and because of his ongoing support and defensive effort Ben took home the Player of the week. Well Done Ben and the Barbarians for a great day of rugby.

U7

No Report As Yet

U8

It was a cracker of a day at the Redfield Gala Day on Saturday. Not only was the winter sunshine hanging around but the Barbarians U8s maintained their unbeaten run. The three bruising and fierce contests for the day were against the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Hills Rugby Clubs. The Blue Mountains were a bit short of players so Lachie, Sam and Nathan all pulled on one of their jerseys and had a run to help them out, you guys get the special mention this week, fantastic sportsmanship. It was great to be able to play two teams from outside our district. The tightest game we played all day was against Hills where they had a few big boppers trying to crash through our line as well as a few speedsters out wide. What they didn’t expect was the rock-solid defence from Finlay, Nathan and Will, as well as the Ussain Bolt-like runners that we had on our flanks aka Lawson, Jamie and Sam. Lachie and Eddie had some accurate and fast passing in the backline which
created a lot of space for our runners. Ralph and Charlie were tireless in getting over the ball to support their teammates all day which resulted in loads of turnoversMany thanks to Redfield Rugby for hosting a great day. We have a few weeks off now with games not resuming until 28 July. The next training will be Thursday 26 July at 6 pmHave a great break.

U10 E

Northern Barbarians  24 v 12  Dundas Valley

This week the boys came u against a Dundas Valley team with some very large players who provided probably the most physical encounter the boys had come up against. Unfortunately, that physicality was too often displayed in tackles that were well above the high tackle mark and received no sanction from the referee. The boys toughed it out though and for long periods of the game were able to play the brand of rugby we need to play in order to win. Kristian was an absolute livewire in attack, crossing for 2 tries in the first half and another 2 in the second half while Hunter was unlucky to have a try disallowed that looked good to me. The Dundas team did keep trying and their big men were able to push over for a couple of late tries but I thought
that it was telling that when we were pressuring their line late in the game and they received a 5 metre scrum feed on the whistle they decided to kick the ball out and end the game rather than keep pushing for one last score.

Tries Lagudi, Kristian 4

Conversions Lagudi, Kristian 1; Tweed, James 1

U12E

Northern Barbarians  0 v 0  North Rocks

DNP

U13 C

Rocks Barbarians Black  39 def 22  Easts Wallaroos

No Report As Yet

U13 E

Dural Rugby Club  33 def 32  Rocks Barbarians Green

No Report As Yet

U15 A

Northern Barbarians  58 def 24  Rockdale

This Sunday saw us turning up to the game against Rockdale with only 12 players due to injuries and

boys away for school holidays. Our opposition had 15 players, so they loaned us Archie, who played very well for us on the wing.

It was wonderful to see how quick our boys were to make another player feel welcome in the team by including Archie right from the start.

Playing 13 vs 13, the boys soon realised that there is a bit more space to run in, and once they started to shift the ball wide, gaps appeared and tries were scored.

We once again had a few of our boys play out of position, most notably was Nik Prasad who played tighthead prop… Even though the scrums were uncontested, Nik played extremely well in the forwards and is now arguably the fastest prop in Sydney!! Don’t worry – it was just temporarily and next game he’ll be back on the wing!

Having uncontested scrums meant our forwards had a lot more energy to run the ball up, and they made it very difficult for our opposition to stop tide after tide of Alex, Lau, Tate, Tom, Sash (and Nik!) attacking. Our boys were equally effective at the breakdown; cleaning out rucks and getting a fair few turnovers.

Chief proved himself equally adept at playing halfback, with Luke taking a couple of really good high balls at fullback and running it up very well.

Our midfield consisting of Ezra, Zip and Aidan again defended solidly and attacked with flair and pace. We witnessed hard, straight running from Daniel and Archie on the wings, resulting in points whenever they found space.

We saw brilliant support play on many an occasion, resulting in spectacular passages of play, entertaining players and spectators alike.

This was another game played in the true spirit of Rugby, with both sides walking off the field joking and laughing together after the game, even though they gave it their all right to the very end.

Congratulations to our boys who eventually won the game 58-24, but as our opposition’s coach said afterwards “Rugby is the real winner here – just look at them, they’re such a good bunch of boys!”

U15E

Hills 2018  22 def 10  Dural Barbarians

What a Game!! In the usual, coach doublespeak, it was “a game of two halves”.

In a top of the table clash, we took on Hills at home, they were in 2nd and us in 3rd. Unfortunately, we were missing some key players and started slowly while the new combinations got to know each others game.

In the first 20 minutes, we let in 3 soft tries, through poor defensive decisions, and a couple of soft tackle attempts. But from there on we dominated the rest of the half. We camped on their line, but to Hills credit, they held us out.

The second half, however, was a different story. Whilst Hills continued to play well, we stepped up a notch, with players like Jack and Vamil (playing outside their usual positions) found holes in the Hills defence, and we played the full 30 minutes like men possessed. 

We won the second half 10 nil, proving to ourselves again, that even with depleted numbers when we play with pride and passion we can trouble even the best opposition.

With a few weeks off for injuries to heal and bodies to rest, I look forward to the remainder of the season when we get back into it. We have proved a number of times this season that we are finals, and even Grand Final contenders. We just need to find the consistency to get us there.

U16A 

No Game this Week