Barnes did just enough to win against a team with a strong pack under the first less than favourable conditions of the season. They didn’t outscore the opposition in the second half for only the second time this season.
The league trip to Guernsey was the first time these two clubs have met. Club Secretary Dave Doonan has some recollection of playing here previously but his memory and sepia tinged photographs provided to be insufficient evidence.
Barnes practised their defence for most of the first half-hour and Service led by 3 points at half-time. The second-half score was 19 - 8 with Barnes getting their 4-try bonus point and Service scoring their second try in the last minute. A match that s
Staines competed bravely throughout; when Barnes really got going in the second half they scored ¾ of their tries, two from Props and three overall for wing Jonathan Wehbe. Most of the set scrums resulted in infringements.