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Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
Reading Rhinos
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Tries
A Smith, S Collins, Unknown
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Conversions
S Collins
Sat 8 Sep 12:30 - Friendly Full time

Rhinos struggle against Barbarian Rugby

When the Rhinos travelled to Cheltenham last weekend, little did they realise that their opposition would contain some of the finest veterans from the local area, including former Gloucester and Bath second Row Rob Fidler, winner of four England caps.

Keith Searle’s first fixture as Rhinos skipper was arranged in part to help the Tigers open their new 3G artificial pitch, but mainly as a reunion with former Reading star Mike Crisp. Sadly Crisp was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, in October 1986. So the trip was to be an opportunity for old teammates to meet up. Sadly, only three of the squad of players and supporters had actually played with him. As well as regulars Danny Pratt and Timothy Hill, former first XV scrum half Simon Dyson made his Rhinos debut.

Whilst on route to the game, Searle had the dubious honour of being interviewed on his thoughts for the new season by BBC Radio Berkshire newt and stoat expert Ali Driver. These interviews, which are now being used by the medical profession to help cure insomnia, can be seen on the Rhinos’ Facebook page.

Within ten minutes Searle must have wondered what he had let himself in for, as his side shipped five unanswered tries (all unconverted). It took a piece of opportunism to get them on the scoresheet, as winger Allan Smith intercepted a long pass just inside his own half and outpaced the covering defence to cross the whitewash. Sadly, the kicking “legend” that is Justin Wheeler proved that he is not a successful drop kicker, pushing his attempted conversion wide of the sticks.

Cheltenham were just as wasteful, as they added two more five pointers in quick succession. It was left to an unlikely source to finally hit a seven point maximum. Second row Jim Morton burst through a gap in the home defence, and with the help of Timothy Hill almost crossed. Following closely behind (or more likely recovering from a previous passage of play), prop Shaun Collins celebrated his first appearance as Vice-Captain with a score under the posts, which he then expertly converted.

The half ended with another Cheltenham try, which saw the Barbarians in total command at 45-12.

The second period started in much the same way as the first, with the home side adding to their tally within 30 seconds of the restart, and almost as quickly they added a second.

In America the American FootballGridiron season has just started, and the Rhinos’ newest recruit must be an avid supporter. Simon Dyson made trademark dart through a gap, before offloading to one of the Barbarians, who had been graciously loaned to the visitors. Not content with giving the pass, Dyson made sure of the score with a very subtle example of a Gridiron block on a covering defender.

Whilst that was as good as it got for Searle and his crash, the home sidecontinued to pile on the points with twomore scores, the first of which was converted, their only extras in the game.

Following two weekends of rugby, the Rhinos have the weekend off, but return to action a week on Saturday with a home fixture against High Wycombe.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

0:43
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
3:00
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
4:00
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
7:05
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
9:00
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
12:00
Try Allan Smith scores for Reading Rhinos
14:10
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
17:00
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
19:05
Try Shaun Collins scores for Reading Rhinos
19:50
Conversion Shaun Collins kicks a conversion for Reading Rhinos
21:00
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
24:40
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
25:35
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
28:00
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
29:25
Try Try for Reading Rhinos
34:05
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
35:00
Conversion Conversion for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
42:00
Try Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets

Highlights

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42:40 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
42:00 Try 67 - 17
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
35:00 Conversion 62 - 17
Conversion for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
34:05 Try 60 - 17
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
30:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Reading Rhinos
29:25 Try 55 - 17
Try for Reading Rhinos
28:35 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
28:00 Try 55 - 12
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
26:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
25:35 Try 50 - 12
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
25:01 Sub On
Jez Stokes is substituted on for Reading Rhinos
25:01 Sub Off
Danny Pratt is substituted off for Reading Rhinos
End of period 1
24:59 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
24:40 Try 45 - 12
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
21:35 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
21:00 Try 40 - 12
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
19:50 Conversion 35 - 12
Shaun Collins kicks a conversion for Reading Rhinos
19:05 Try 35 - 10
Shaun Collins scores for Reading Rhinos
17:25 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
17:00 Try 35 - 5
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
14:40 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
14:10 Try 30 - 5
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
12:25 Missed Conversion
Justin Wheeler misses a conversion for Reading Rhinos
12:00 Try 25 - 5
Allan Smith scores for Reading Rhinos
9:25 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
9:00 Try 25 - 0
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
7:40 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
7:05 Try 20 - 0
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
4:20 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
4:00 Try 15 - 0
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
3:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
3:00 Try 10 - 0
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
1:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
0:43 Try 5 - 0
Try for Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
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As it happened

  • Cheltenham Barbarian Vets
  • Reading Rhinos
  • 0
  • Try 0:43'
  • Try 3:00'
  • Try 4:00'
  • Try 7:05'
  • Try 9:00'
  • Allan Smith Try 12:00'
  • Try 14:10'
  • Try 17:00'
  • Shaun Collins Try 19:05'
  • Shaun Collins Conversion 19:50'
  • Try 21:00'
  • Try 24:40'
  • Jez Stokes Sub On 25:01'
  • Danny Pratt Sub Off 25:01'
  • Try 25:35'
  • Try 28:00'
  • Try 29:25'
  • Try 34:05'
  • Conversion 35:00'
  • Try 42:00'

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