Garvey Grabs Two Tries As Baa-baas Hit Back To Beat Wales
29 May 2002 20:58pm
WALES 25 BARBARIANS 40
The season that seems to have gone on for so long in Wales - too long for most that is - was finally laid to rest last night with the national side once again showing its Jekyll and Hyde tendancies against the Barbarians.
A crowd of 21,500 pitched up for this end of season contest which was hugely significant considering the Welsh squad will leave for a testing summer examination in South Africa on Friday where back to back Test matches in Bloemfontein and Cape Town will provide an honest assessment of the latest generation of internationals.
On this occasion, it was more of a bonding exercise with the likes of Steve Williams, now of Northampton, and the returning Ben Evans and Mark Taylor bedding in to a side showing significant change from the 15 on duty against Scotland in the final Six Nations Championship game in April.
And for 40 minutes, it was a wholly satisfying exercise with three tries providing adequate proof that there is plenty of life left in the side. After that, well, it was back to the bad old days.
Stephen Jones put Wales infront with a penalty in 12 minutes and Taylor, back in harness after missing most of the season with a knee injury, crossed for a try five minutes later.
Craig Morgan, the Cardiff wing, eased Wales further ahead when he finished a sweeping move seven minutes before the interval and Gavin Thomas of Bath followed suit three minutes later after a length of the field move involving nine pairs of hands.
Unfortunately, the second half was anything but acceptable for Wales and the coach Steve Hansen will be best served studying the second half of the video before the initial test against the Springboks.
First Ollie Smith, the Leicester Tiger, clawed back a try for the Baabaas in the 43rd minute and on 50, Thinus Delport doubled his side's tally with a second on the right.
Delport added his second, Adrian Garvey two more and Pat Lam a sixth as the game turned on its head and left Wales on the wrong end of another home reverse.
Wales: Tries: Mark Taylor, Craig Morgan, Gavin Thomas; Cons: Stephen Jones (2); Pens: Stephen Jones (2)
Barbarians: Tries: Ollie Smith, Thinus Delport (2), Adrian Garvey (2), Pat Lam
Cons: Braam van Straaten (5)
Wales: K Morgan (Swansea); R Williams (Cardiff), M Taylor (Swansea), A MArinos (Newport), C Morgan (Cardiff); S Jones (Llanelli), D Peel (Llanelli); I Thomas (Llanelli), R McBryde (Llanelli), B Evans (Swansea), S Williams (Northampton), G Llewellyn (Neath), G Thomas (Bath), M Williams (Cardiff), C Charvis (Swansea, capt)
Barbarians: P Montgomery (South Africa); T Delport (South Africa), O Smith (Leicester Tigers), P Alatini (New Zealand), J Noon (England); B van Straaten (South Africa), M Robinson (New Zealand); C Dowd (New Zealand), R Ibanez (France), M Reggiardo (Argentina), D Weir (Scotland), K Roche (Saracens), P Lam (Samoa, capt), J Kronfeld (New Zealand), J Williams (Australia)
Wales: Gethin Jenkins (Pontypridd) for Iestyn Thomas 41mins; Richard Parks (Pontypridd) for Martyn Williams 41mins;
Jamie Robinson (Cardiff) for Andy Marinos 42mins); Neil Jenkins (Cardiff) for Stephen Jones 50 mins; Robert Sidoli (Pontypridd) for Steve Williams 65 mins; Mefin Davies (Pontypridd) for Robin McBryde 65 mins; Ryan Powell (Cardiff) for Dwayne Peel 70 mins.
Barbarians: A Garvey (South Africa for M Reggiardo 53 mins; R Strudwick (London Irish) for D Weir 48 mins; P Muller (South Africa) for P Alatini 49 mins; L Botham (Newcastle) for O Smith 65 mins; K Chesney (Saracens) for J Williams 70 mins; M Ledesma (Argentina) for R Ibanez 78 mins; O Tonu'u (New Zealand) for M Robinson 78 mins.
Referee: Rob Dickson (Scotland)
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.