Planet Rugby

Welsh late show beats Barbarians

02nd June 2012 15:47

Share:

Harry Robinson Wales v Barbarians Millennium Stadium Cardiff

Debut try: Harry Robinson

Wales recorded a come-from-behind 30-21 victory over the Barbarians on Saturday in an entertaining game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Inside centre James Hook and wing Aled Brew were the heroes for the hosts as their converted tries in the last ten minutes sent the Welsh to Australia with a decent win under their belt.

The special Test fixture was meant to be Shane and Martyn Williams' day but ultimately the match may be remembered for Harry Robinson's debut.

The 19-year-old Cardiff Blues finisher scored a breathtaking try after scrum-half Lloyd Williams spotted space wide on the right and from 40 metres, Robinson raced into the corner with Mils Muliaina unable to make up the ground to stop him. It was quite a way to enjoy a home debut.

His try on ten minutes had followed an earlier James Hook penalty and his extras of Robinson's effort gave Wales a ten-point lead.

Hook added a further three points from the kicking tee on 25 minutes as it looked like Rob Howley was about to enjoy watching a clinical performance against the Baa-baas.

But that proved not to be the case as Barbarians fly-half Stephen Donald's opportunistic effort and Welsh scrum-half Richie Rees scoring on 27 and 36 minutes respectively - Donald converting - saw the improving visitors go in at half-time with a 13-14 advantage.

There was a raft of changes after the break as Aled de Malmanche, Anton van Zyl, Sailosi Tagicakibau, Neemia Tialata, Akapusi Qera and Rory Lawson all emerged before the next try was posted on the hour. It was again Donald getting in on the act as the pivot spotted space in the Welsh backline - in between Dan Biggar and Andrew Bishop - and promptly powered over before adding the extras. It was now 16-21 due to an earlier Hook penalty.

But then came the Welsh fightback as Hook did well to hold two defenders and cross from 30 metres on the left wing before Brew intercepted a pass to add the icing on the cake as both Williams' said goodbye to the 57,000 watching supporters at Millennium Stadium.

The scorers:

For Wales:
Tries: Robinson, Hook, Brew
Con: Hook 3
Pen: Hook 3

For Barbarians:
Tries: Donald 2, Rees
Con: Donald 3

Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Harry Robinson, 13 Andrew Bishop, 12 James Hook, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Ryan Jones, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Alun Wyn Jones, 3 Rhodri Jones, 2 Matthew Rees (c), 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Paul James, 18 Aaron Shingler, 19 Martyn Williams, 20 Rhys Webb, 21 Adam Warren, 22 Will Harries.

Barbarians: 15 Mils Muliana, 14 Isa Nacewa, 13 Mike Tindall, 12 Casey Laulala, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Richie Rees, 8 Mamuka Gorgodze, 7 Johnnie Beattie, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Mick O'Driscoll, 3 John Smit (capt), 2 Benoit August, 1 Duncan Jones.
Replacements: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 Neemia Tialata, 18 Anton Van Zyl, 19 Akapusi Qera, 20 Rory Lawson, 21 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 22 Cedric Heymans.

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale SharksClermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks Preview
Castres vs LeinsterCastres vs Leinster Preview
Wasps vs HarlequinsWasps vs Harlequins Preview
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 92 Preview
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Leinster vs Edinburgh19:35
Glasgow vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Ospreys vs Connacht19:35
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Saturday , October 25
Ulster 13 - 23 ToulonUlster vs Toulon Report
Bath 19 - 21 ToulouseBath vs Toulouse Report
Montpellier 13 - 15 GlasgowMontpellier vs Glasgow Report
Northampton 34 - 6 OspreysNorthampton vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 15 - 3 LeicesterScarlets vs Leicester Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Rovigo 18 - 33 Cardiff Blues
Oyonnax 15 - 25 Gloucester
Exeter 33 - 13 Connacht
Bucuresti 9 - 13 Stade Francais
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Western Province 19 - 16 LionsWestern Province vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 36 - 32 TasmanTaranaki vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster 14 - 3 SaracensMunster vs Saracens Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Grenoble 15 - 25 London Irish
La Rochelle 25 - 13 Bayonne
Newport Gwent D'gons 26 - 30 Newcastle
Brive 21 - 26 Zebre
Edinburgh 25 - 17 LOU Rugby
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh 20 - 52 Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615