Barbarians romp home against Wellington 2nds

By Aaron Kendall   |   Assistant Editor   |
Friday 25th November 2016 10:53 am
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MINEHEAD Barbarians travelled to Wellington last Saturday to face their 2nd XV and came away with an impressive 66-0 win.

Their sixth consecutive victory maintains their position just one point behind leaders Bristol Barbarians in the Somerset Division One.

On a flat pitch, Minehead played an expansive game, running the ball from the kick-off to test the Wellington defence who, for the first ten minutes, stemmed the flow.

Then from a lineout on the 22, Harris hit Cox and the pack then drove the Wellington forwards back down the park to open the scoring.

It was clear that Minehead’s pack were more dominant and they secured most of the lineout ball, with Cox and Willes effective as they have been for the last month.

Wellington were starved of the ball and soon found themselves going backwards in the scrums as well.

The Barbarians lost their heads and stopped using their game plan for a period in the first half, aimlessly kicking the ball back to the Wellington wings and fullback, but that only prevented them from adding to their score as they were stronger running with ball in hand.

Even so, by half-time the score was 31-0 with Ryan Lewis, Parsons, Cox and Sam Lewis crossing and Kyle Lewis hitting three out of his five conversions.

The second half saw more running rugby from Minehead as they maintained a high tempo which Wellington struggled to cope with.

From the kick-of,f Harry Simms collected the ball and chose a sweet line to hand off the Welly fullback and race in under the posts from 60 metres out.

Cox bagged another two tries to take his match tally to three, with R Lewis, K Lewis, Bradley and Swann each adding further tries.

Wellington didn’t get into the Minehead 22 in the second half and the defence continued to impress, with Ninnis and Lewis offering a solid centre partnership and the likes of L Parker and Greg Richards carrying out their usual dogged work, ensuring clean ball for the backs.

l Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the Barbarians play bottom of the table Castle Cary, and coach Mick Orton will be looking for another good game before they face two tough teams in Old Sulians and Chew Valley before Christmas.

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