Barbs seize points
Armidale Express 20th May 2016
written by ELLEN DUNGER
PLENTY of tries were scored in the Barbarians victory over the Armidale Blues at Moran Oval on Saturday.
The first five of the 77 points scored in the match were awarded to the Barbarians in the first five minutes.
From there the floodgates opened and the Blues hit back with a double.
The see-sawing scoreboard was even enough to do damage to the referee who had to leave the field with 12 minutes to go with a quad strain.
The action kept the crowd entertained and the coaches nervous.
Barbarians coach Tom Bower said it was a close match and his fingernails took a bit of a beating in the try fest.
“It was good to watch,” he said.
“I thought it was one of those matches that really could have gone either way.
“It had everything.
“It wasn’t a good game for a coach.
“I didn’t have many fingernails left after it.
“It was one of those games where everything was happening.
“It was just tries galore.
“The score probably doesn’t reflect how close it was even though it finished up 44-33.”
In a game that saw the best of both teams’ attacking prowess, it was the Barbarians Sam Gates who stood above the pack with his coach praising his form in both attack and defence.
“Sam Gates got our three points and players’ player,” Bower said. “He was just active the whole game.
“He was one of those people making a lot of cover tackles as well as in attack making sure he was in support the whole time.
“We were very impressed with his efforts.”
In the other first grade match, Robb College were impressive in their match against Glen Innes with a 57-7 point win.
The Barbarians will tackle the Elks this weekend and Bower said although they were on the receiving end of a drubbing by Robb, they pose a real threat in their territory with a host of new players added to their squad.
“I think they will be quite strong this week,” he said.
“They have got a few new inclusions into their squad.
“You never underestimate Glen Innes up at home as well.
“It is really one of those games where we are very mindful of what they can provide when they have got the right players.
St Albert’s will host their Ladies’ Day this weekend when they tackle the Blues at Bellevue Oval.
Kick-off is 3pm.