Whilst to many the events of Saturday morning did not go well for one side sporting the rose on their rugby shirts, in the afternoon the other one performed rather better, overcoming Bournemouth 41-17 in the end.
Barnes produced 30 minutes of sublime rugby to blow Bournemouth away at Barn Elms last Saturday.
After the disappointment of England losing in the morning in the Rugby World Cup Final in Japan, supporters of both teams needed some cheering up. As it was it was only the Barnes faithful that were rewarded with some scintillating first-half play.
Barnes, and Alex Hind, were out of the traps at a canter. Alex scored twice inside the first 10 minutes. With Josh Hammett converting one of the scores, Barnes led 12-3. A couple of minutes later, Josh Davies made a great break and set up Johan van der Poel for Barnes's third try and, at 19-3, the game was almost over and done with.
two further scores were added by the half-hour, firstly Peter Weightman scored the bonus point try, then Basil Strang put Josh Davies into score our fifth try of the afternoon. With Josh Hammett converting both tries, Barnes had a seemingly unassailable 33-3 lead.
point try, then Basil Strang put Josh Davies into score our fifth try of the afternoon. With Josh Hammett converting both tries, Barnes had a seemingly unassailable 33-3 lead. Barnes being Barnes, we did take our eye off the ball for the last ten minutes of the half, and a result we gave the visitors a lifeline as they scored two tries of their own, to pull back to 36-17 at half-time, Hammett having slotted an additional penalty.
As the second-half got underway, the heavens opened. In distinctly wintery conditions, with the wind gusting hard, Barnes controlled the game throughout. Despite a yellow card in either half, Barnes cruised to an easy victory in an understandably lacklustre second half, many spectators retiring to the clubhouse to escape the tempest.
The highlight, and only score of the second period, was Alex Hind’s third try, the first hatrick for a long time for any Barnes player. The final score was 41-17, a well deserved, and very much needed, five-pointer.
Onwards to next week, we travel down to the South-West again face third-placed Taunton Titans, who narrowly lost at Esher last week, 10-8. They will be licking their wounds, lying in wait, and determined to smash us when we rock up on Saturday. We will need to have our wits about us if we want to avoid a cider bashing. Having won well ourselves last week, I have no doubt that the lads will take their own confidence from the win into next week and give a great account of themselves, as we always do when we play the top sides.
We are a very perverse bunch at Barnes RFC!
Other games at Barnes RFC last week
Some other great results for other Barnes; teams last weekend.
The Ladies 1st XV soundly beat Millwall Venus 60-0 whilst the 2nd XV were less fortunate, suffering a big loss 70-5 to Old Cats.
Two junior sides had excellent results too last Sunday.
A combined Barnes and Bank of England Under 16 side took on the might of Rosslyn Park Barbarians side and won 21-15.
And a similarly combined Barnes and Bank Colts side took on Grasshoppers Colts and won with a resounding 68-0 scoreline. According to the Juniors Chairman, Jason Betteely, the Barnes contingent shone, and the combined team was fast, flow and unrelenting, The initiative of playing with Bank of England has come about because James Carlin, one of our venerable Vets players, coaches at Bank and this move ensure both sets of lads get regular game time - just in case you were wondering why!
We have a full set of games this weekend for you to enjoy, with only the Vets at home, so why not pop down and see them play! Here are the details:
Saturday 9th November
• Taunton Titans vs Barnes 1st XV - 3.00pm KO
• Cambridge 2nd XV vs Barnes 2nd XV - 2.15pm KO
• Old Rutlishians vs Mayfair Occasionals - 2.30pm KO
• Harrodians Vets vs East India Club - 2.30pm KO
Sunday 10th November
• Barnes Ladies 2nd XV vs Battersea Ironsides 2nd XV - 2.30pm KO
Here’s to a great weekend of Barnes Rugby, may we all play in the original spirit that we embrace at Barnes RFC.
Onwards and Upwards Barnow!
Michael “Rhino” Whitfield – Chairman - Barnes RFC