Dings Downed by Barnes
By John White
Crusaders frozen out at the Park
DINGS fell to a 10-5 defeat against Barnes at Shaftesbury Park. The home side could have few complaints about the result with the visitors on top for the majority of this low-key game.
Crusaders’ seldom ventured into the visitors 22 in a mistake-ridden display that was enhanced by the freak artic-like weather conditions. Barnes themselves didn’t offer much as an attacking force, but they tackled their hearts out and repeatedly forced Dings to play from deep.
Barnes’ flanker Ciaran Smyth opened the scoring in the eight-minute after he was bundled over from a driving maul for an unconverted try. Another promising-looking Barnes attack was picked off by Dings wing Tom Hargan, who intercepted and raced in from 80-metres to level the scores.
Neither side was able to get over the advantage line and the second-half was by and large a forgettable stalemate. Fumbled passes, kicks going out on the full and poor option taking blighted the rest of the game for both camps. Barnes, however, re-took the lead on 55-minutes when wing Daniel Ruddock bounced off a would be defender to touch down for an unconverted try.
Dings huffed and puffed but lacked the guile and cutting edge necessary to unlock the Londoner’s defence, who held on for a deserved victory.