Gloucester 14-62 Barbarians: Baa-Baas put on dazzling display as they romp to ten-try triumph
Barbarians overcome Gloucester with ten-try mauling at Kingsholm on Tuesday
The Invitational side scored five first half tries through Nemani Nadolo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Joe Tomane (x2) and Ryan Crotty
Dan Thomas touched down to get Gloucester on the scoreboard at half-time, 7-31
Scores from Lood De Jager, Ardie Savea, Waisake Naholo, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Pat Lambie in the second-half completed the comfortable victory
Cherry and Whites get a late consolation through a penalty try
Fans packed into the shed on Tuesday night to see the talented Barbarians run riot against a youthful Gloucester side, running in ten tries in an extremely entertaining contest.
The Baa-Baas were having a run out ahead of their clash with Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday, scoring 31 points in each half to complete a compromising victory against a courageous young Cherry and Whites team, who battled heroically throughout.
Five first half tries made up of a pair from Joe Tomane and single scores from Nemani Nadolo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, and Ryan Crotty give the visitors a comfortable 31-7 lead at half-time.
Springbok fly-half Pat Lambie converted three of the five to complete the visitors half-time total while Dan Thomas’ score, converted by Lloyd Evans, was the hosts only points of the opening 40.
Second half scores from Lood De Jager, Ardie Savea, Waisake Naholo and Tawera Kerr-Barlow put the Baa-Baas even further ahead before a late consolation came in the form of a penalty try for Gloucester.
However, there was time for one final score as Lambie ran the length of the field to touch down the invitationals sides tenth try before Savea converted to complete the scoring, 14-62
It took the star-studded Barbarians just six minutes to open the try-scoring with Fijian man-mountain Nadolo powering through, shrugging off two or three Gloucester defenders on his way to the line. Pat Lambie‘s conversion though swerved off target.
The youthful hosts though were able to draw level just five minutes later as Dan Thomas spotted a gap and touched down. Teenage fly-half Lloyd Evans then converted to give the Cherry and Whites a narrow, unexpected lead, 7-5.
The master class of the Baa-Baas though shone through after 17 minutes as they recaptured the lead thanks to World Cup winner Milner-Skudder. The World Breakthrough Player of Year rounded off an excellent team move with Lamb converting to give the away side a five-point lead.
Three minutes later Joe Tomane touched down the invitational side’s third try of the evening. The cross-code Wallaby dived over after a bulldozer like run from Nadolo split open the Gloucester defence. Lambie failed to convert, but the visitors were in control with a ten-point advantage.
Tomane then bagged his brace four minutes later as he received a neat offload from Milner-Skudder before belting down the wing to dive over. This time, Lambie added the extras, 7-24.
After several scrum resets, Jamie Mackintosh was then shown a yellow card but it didn’t prevent All Black Crotty adding the Baa-Baas fifth score on the brink of half-time with Lambie again converting, 7-31.
The second half started as the first had finished with Springbok lock De Jager overcoming some resilient defending from Gloucester to touch down with the hosts number 8 Lewis Ludlow being sent to the bin in the process. Lambie this time failed to convert, 7-36.
Crotty then broke away before making a cracking offload to the oncoming Savea, who finished off the move in style. Lambie then added the extras to give the Baa-Baas a 36-point lead.
There was no remorse either from the talented visitors as they touched down their seventh of the evening when replacement wing Naholo raced over, with the successful conversion taking the visitors to a half century of points, 7-50.
Savea then linked with Kerr-Barlow just after the hour with the dynamic scum-half running in for the try. Tomane couldn’t convert, but the Baa-Baas were well clear.
The Cherry and Whites then got a merited second score with ten minutes to go as the referee signaled for a penalty try. Evans converted to give the hosts a late consolation, 14-55.
But there was one last chance for the Barbarians to shine as Lambie ran the length of the field to touch down. Savea then converted to complete the highly entertaining games scoring.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Barbarians: Nemani Nadolo
Gloucester: 15 Mat Protheroe; 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Olly Thorley, 12 Tim Molenaar, 11 Steph Reynolds; 10 Lloyd Evans, 9 Ben Vellacott; 1 Nick Wood (capt), 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 3 Nicky Thomas; 4 Joe Latta, 5 Tom Hicks; 6 Elliott Stooke, 7 Dan Thomas, 8 Lewis Ludlow
Replacements: Henry Walker, Dan Murphy, Josh McNulty, Alex Craig, Will Safe, Callum Braley, Billy Burns, Jack Evans
Barbarians`: 15 Nehe Milner Skudder (Hurricanes & New Zealand), 14 Joe Tomane (Brumbies & Australia), 13 Francois Venter (Cheetahs), 12 Ryan Crotty (Crusaders & New Zealand, vice-captain), 11 Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders & Fiji), 10 Pat Lambie (Sharks & South Africa), 9 Cobus Reinach (Sharks & South Africa), 1 Jamie Mackintosh (Chiefs & New Zealand), 2 James Hanson (Rebels & Australia), 3 Toby Smith (Rebels & Australia), 4 Victor Matfield (Northampton Saints & South Africa, captain), 5 Lood de Jager (Cheetahs & South Africa), 6 Stephen Hoiles (Waratahs & Australia), 7 Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), 8 Jarrad Butler (Brumbies)
Replacements: Stephen Moore (Brumbies & Australia), Thomas du Toit (Sharks), Charlie Faumuina (Blues & New Zealand), Bakkies Botha (South Africa), Scott Fardy (Brumbies & Australia), Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs & New Zealand), Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders & New Zealand), Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies & Australia), Waisake Naholo (Highlanders & New Zealand)