“Really pleased that despite the early injury disruptions that we defended well and attacked with real flair”
Michael "Rhino" Whitfield
Guildford 1st XV 19 Barnes 1st XV 42
Barnes travelled to Guildford on Saturday and, despite no training possible due to waterlogged pitches for two weeks, and losing two of their three front row players inside 15 minutes, overcame a spirited G’s side comfortably in the end 19-42.
With a couple of player’s unavailable (yew we love skiing at Barnes and weddings!) and one or two others being rested to get over niggly injuries, we did not field our strongest XV but in the end the defence was excellent, for the most part, and the attack imperious with six try-scoring opportunities all taken and six conversions all slotted by Charlie Wicks.
But back to that first fifteen minutes. It is fair to say that Guildford had us under the cosh upfront but then to lose big Al Ryan and Jack Garrett from the front row in that first quarter made it all the more difficult for Barnes.
Whilst prop Will Symonds was on the bench to plug one large gap, with only three substitutes there was no room for a spare hooker, But cometh the hour, cometh the man, and up stepped Ciaran Smyth, who had never hooked in a 1st XV game or thrown in, But that all changed on Saturday. This is by the way where the three sub-rule is ridiculous. I am told it is so that 2nd XV sides are able to have enough props in their teams to put an opposed scrum out. Now I get that but is it right that we put that novice player, a flanker by trade, into the firing line, against a clearly dominant pack? I am not so sure, however courageous it was. Of course, if we had asked for unopposed scrums then we would have had to take another payer off the pitch to compensate. Surely that early on in the game, with two players clearly injured there has to be some common sense come into play? Just saying.
I am pleased to say that Cizza came through unscathed (although I suspect moving his head would have been a tad uncomfortable for a few days after).
Tries were scored in the first half by Alex Hind and Jack Franklin and, with one from Guilford too the score at the break was Guildford 7 Barnes 14.
After the break Tom O’Toole, Matt Cornish (2) and Robbie Martey added the four tries and G’s added two scores of their own. In the end, a result that was never in doubt but still needed to be executed, which with excellent defence, and rapier-like attack it was.
Another rest weekend this weekend will be needed, especially for the front row wounded, and our next game is on March 3rd against Shelford at Barn Elms. We played one of our worst games of the season at their place despite winning, and we will be looking for a much better performance in the rematch. Who knows we might even get some training completed if the bleeding pitches ever dry out!
Gorillas in the Mist and other stories - Jersey Athletic 29 Barnes 2nd XV 11
The 2s, belast-minute minute changes to the travelling squad, went down 29-11 to a strong Jersey Athletic team. Initially 12-0 after 10 minutes, the boys clawed their way back to be in contention 12-11 just after half time, with two penalties from Huw Bevan, and a well taken try from man of the match Dan Indundun. However, in the end, superior squad size, a lie in and a more nutritious pre-match breakfast all proved a clear advantage showed for the home team.
After the match, and a traditional drinking from a boot contest, (it’s a Channel Island thing, apparently), we headed out into the night to enjoy some traditional Jersey entertainment.
A Sunday morning recovery session at the island’s premier Bowling and Carvery haunt turned into a long afternoon at the airport when it became apparent that all flights were grounded due to a heavy mist.
After rebooking onto a flight for Monday night, the boys ventured back into St Helier, and decided to check into The Royal Yacht Hotel and Spa and slum it at a steak restaurant for dinner. There was also controversy about who had the best worst rig in the back line, a keenly contested and debated issue. (Danny Holmes came out on bottom).
All the Barnes players cut a swathe of goodwill through the island. And a very special mention must go to James H, our newest arrival to the club. Fresh off a plane from Brisbane on Friday, straight into action on Saturday (and Sunday), James will now be taking over all kicking duties due to his 100% conversion rate!
The Occies and The Ladies XVs
Both the Occies and the Ladies came second last weekend, the Occies going down at KCS Old Boys 62 - 19, whilst on Sunday the Ladies got a 59-0 drubbing against Tabard Lades. Both will live to fight another day!
This weekend at Barnes RFC
This weekend there is no 1st XV fixture, their next game is at home against Shelford on 3rd March.
Saturday 24th February 2018
• Richmond Vikings vs Barnes 2nd XV - 2.30pm KO
• Barnes Vets vs Farnham Vets - 2.30pm KO
Here's to a brilliant weekend of Barnow rugby, played in the original spirit, and hopefully big wins for the 2's and the Vets!
Onwards and Upwards!
Michael “Rhino” Whitfield
Chairman – Barnes RFC
Updated 22:04 - 20 Feb 2018 by Michael Whitfield