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BARBARIANS vs ARGENTINA
Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 01 December 2018
KO: 14:30 HT: tbc Att: tbc
Referee: John Lacey Asst Referees: Andrew Brace, Ben Whitehouse TMO: Andrew McMenemy
THE LAST TIME THE BARBARIANS MET ARGENTINA AT TWICKENHAM, IT WAS A MEMORABLE DAY ON THE 125th ANNIVERSARY OF THE...
BARBARIANS 31 - 49 ARGENTINA
Twickenham - Saturday 21st November 2015
KO: 15:05 HT: 12-28 Att: 38,101
THE Barbarians summoned up the spirit of 1890 to help celebrate their 125th anniversary at Twickenham. Barbarians players from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa posed for images this week that echo an 1890s portrait of the famous invitation club's founder William Percy Carpmael.
Wallabies captain Moore was the star of the show with a Victorian moustache that puts him into the period perfectly.
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BEFORE the historic match kicked off, a spectacular 125th Anniversary Lunch in Twickenham's prestigious Spirit of Rugby suite was held where more Barbarians legends than one could possibly count were in attendance. In the presence of the Presidents of all four home Rugby Unions and the President of Rugby Americas, World Rugby Executive Committee member and former Pumas captain, Agustin Pichot, stories were regaled by the likes of Derek Quinnell, JPR Williams, Gavin Hastings, Roger Uttley and the illustrious Sir Gareth Edwards, chaperoned in marvellous fashion by the President of Barbarians FC, the inimitable Mickey Steele-Bodger who still boasts both charm and wit at the grand old age of 90!
The Barbarians and Argentina served up a fitting celebration of the famous invitation club’s 125th anniversary by sharing 12 tries at Twickenham, and the guests enjoyed 80 minutes of entertainment as both sides impressed in attack with World Cup semi finalists Argentina winning with a try-count of 7-5.
Wing Santiago Cordero - a Barbarian two years ago - touched down twice for the Pumas with Facundo Isa, Ramiro Moyano, Martin Landajo, Jeronimo de la Fuente and Nicolas Sanchez scoring their tries. Sanchez (6) and Emiliano Bofelli were immaculate from the kicking tee.
Michael Cheika’s Barbarians opened the scoring through Tevita Kuridrani with Waisake Naholo, Joe Tomane, Nemani Nadolo and captain Victor Matfield scoring. Nadolo (2) and Sopoaga kicked the conversions.
The final extra point attempt came from an unlikely source; Springbok giant Bakkies Botha was unsuccessful in his final act as a player after a rich career that saw him win 85 caps, a World Cup, Currie Cups, Super Rugby titles, the European Cup and the French Top 14.
The plan was for him to swap places with long-time partner but Victor Matfield persuaded his coach to let him stay on the field to pack down with his old mate one last time.
The Barbarians had brought together a squad of Southern Hemisphere stars including half-a-dozen World Cup finalists and a pack including South African heavyweights Matfield, Botha and young Lood de Jager.
Kuridrani opened the scoring after Sopoaga’s neat chip but the Pumas hit back with three scores of their own. Isa powered over from close range before Cordero scored his first, then laid on the third try for Moyano after the attacking Barbarians lost the ball.
Naholo fielded Sopoaga’s cross kick and stepped past onrushing defenders to narrow the gap but the Barbarians lost the ball just before the break and saw Cordero grab his second.
They stretched the lead again when Landajo and de la Fuente finished more attacks from deep but Tomane responded with a long break down the left and Fijian wing Nadolo closed the gap.
Sanchez eased any prospects of a late comeback by running back a loose offload but the Barbarians saved the best to last with a sustained attack that ended with Matfield’s try and Botha’s final act.
15 Nehe Milner-Skudder (Hurricanes & NZ) 14 Waisake Naholo (Highlanders & NZ) 13 Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies & Australia) 12 Ryan Crotty (Crusaders & NZ) 11 Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders & Fiji) 10 Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders & NZ) 9 Tawera Kerr Barlow (Chiefs & NZ) 1 Thomas du Toit (Sharks) 2 Stephen Moore (Brumbies & Australia) 3 Charlie Faumuina (Blues & NZ) 4 Lood de Jager (Cheetahs & SA) 5 VICTOR MATFIELD (NORTHAMPTON SAINTS & SA) (C) 6 Scott Fardy (Brumbies & Australia) 7 Ardie Savea (Hurricanes) 8 Stephen Hoiles (Waratahs & Australia) BENCH from: James Hanson (Melbourne Rebels & Australia) Jamie Mackintosh (Chiefs & NZ) Toby Smith (Melbourne Rebels & Australia) Bakkies Botha (SA) Jarrad Butler (Brumbies) Cobus Reinach (Sharks & SA) Pat Lambie (Sharks & SA) Francois Venter (Cheetahs) Joe Tomane (Brumbies & Australia)
SCORERS T: Kuridrani, Naholo, Tomane, Nadolo, Matfield C: Sopoaga, Nadolo (2)
15 Ramiro Moyano 14 Matías Moroni 13 Jerónimo De la Fuente 12 Santiago González Iglesias 11 Santiago Cordero 10 Nicolás Sánchez 9 MARTÍN LANDAJO (C) 8 Facundo Isa 7 Javier Ortega Desio 6 Pablo Matera 5 Matías Alemanno 4 Guido Petti 3 Ramiro Herrera 2 Julián Montoya 1 Lucas NogueraBENCH: 16 Santiago Iglesias Valdez 17 Santiago García Botta 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 19 Tomas Lezana 20 Leonardo Senatore 21 Felipe Ezcurra 22 Gabriel Ascarate 23 Emiliano Boffelli
SCORERS T: Isa, Cordero (2), Moyano Joya, Landajo, de la Fuenta, Sanchez C: Sanchez (6), Boffelli
Referee: JP Doyle (IRFU)
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