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Saturday, June 05, 2010

The Barbarians beat Ireland in Limerick

The Barbarians beat Ireland in Limerick

Ireland hosted the Barbarians on Friday night at Thomond Park for a game that turned out to be successful for the Baabaas. After losing out against England a week ago, they put in a strong first half performance to beat an under-strength Ireland side 29-23.

Cardiff Blues eighthman Xavier Rush captained the famous Barbarians on the night. He scored their first try before George Smith and Cedric Heymans crossed, with Brock James and Jean-Baptiste Elissalde kicking the points which got the hotchpotch side the victory.

Their team included a few Irish players this week, with former Ireland lock Malcolm OKelly playing his final professional game, and Alan Quinlan on the flank going up against his countrymen.

The Barbarians built up a lead of 21-3 before Ireland fought back well with tries to Niall Ronan and Tony Buckley. Ronan OGara kicked 13 points but it was to no avail as their late charge was held off by the Barbarians, resulting in a famous win for the club.

Ireland now travels to Australasia where they will face All Blacks on the 12th of June, and the Wallabies in Brisbane on the 26th of June.


Time: 08:29
Note: Better quality highlights will be posted when possible.

Posted at 11:14 pm | 49 comments

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Laz June 05, 2010 9:56 pm

First comment. Beat you kiddies, sowwy.

Nice result for the Barbarians. I still don't know how Laulala isn't an All Black currently though. They're missing a trick there I think.

Thanks RD

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Zal June 05, 2010 10:08 pm

Second comment. Beat you kiddies, sowwy.

Bad result for Ireland. I still don't how ROG got to be an Irish international player.
They're suffering that decision there I think.

Thanks RD

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ElTigre June 05, 2010 10:43 pm

Beaten by the barbarians, how embarassing.

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decky100 June 05, 2010 11:41 pm

rog played ok I think though he was steamrollered in this match at least 4 times. Of course he still hasn't learned and continues to tackle high. Video analysis should inspire him to adapt..

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Kevin June 05, 2010 11:55 pm

a very nice tackle indeed by kearny, too bad it didn't pay off tho. Overall I don't think Ireland played badly, shame about the result. Well done to the barbarians I guess.

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Kearney for tests June 06, 2010 12:06 am

Well done to the Barbarians. Although the skill levels from both sides were a bit crap at times.

But would Romain Poite ever just cop on though with the scrums? He takes absolutely all day with them. He's so stupid. He really wrecked the match with his idiocy.

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miner June 06, 2010 1:06 am

Ireland had so many chances to score and couldn't....what a freaking let down. Johne Murphy is a good player and had a decent game, but I wonder if Fionn Carr should've been selected for the tour - he has a tendency of injecting some excitement and running into the match.

Beaten by the barbarians, how embarassing.

Yeah, beaten by a collection of some of the best players in the world...really embarrassing.

I don't, however, see Ireland coming close to beating the AB's...there's always a chance, though, I guess.

Also, Kearney for Tests, I think you're being a bit harsh on Poite. Yeah, he takes forever, but players learn to adapt...I don't think he ruined the match, as Ireland weren't really winning in the scrums, in the first place.

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marcomanni June 06, 2010 1:42 am

I've got to say that I was disappointed in all the penalty kicks. As far as I know, the Barbarians matches don't count towards your IRB ranking, so who gives a shit if you win or lose. It should just be about the 44 players on each side getting a chance to run and play some rugby - not about Brock James and Ronan O'Gara having a go at the posts - we get to see those two do that often enough.

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Anonymous June 06, 2010 1:43 am

sorry, 44 players overall - 22 on each side...

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miguel June 06, 2010 3:49 am

i agree about the penalty kicks. I guess ireland/whoever the barbarians are playing can kick for goal because theyre (in theory) out to win, but barbarian rugby is suppose to be a certain style.

if i recall correctly, people booed percy when the barbarians kicked for goal a few years back against austraila.

when we have our alumni game, the alumni never kick penalties and I mean they always take kick taps, no punting or shots at goal.

good win to the barbarians anyway though

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blaablaa June 06, 2010 6:33 am

why was brock james wearing red socks instead of the clrmont yellow and blue?

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Yep June 06, 2010 7:48 am

not dissapointing - that was an experimental side - bar about 5 players - who have never won an international cap before.

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Will June 06, 2010 8:02 am

The Kearney tackle and Ronin try were superb.

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Trevor June 06, 2010 8:43 am

Crouch.
Touch.
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Pause.
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Engage!
Early Engagement! PENALTY!

Worst ref i have ever seen, it was fustrating to watch the scrums, can't imagine how fustrating it was for the players.

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Anonymous June 06, 2010 9:39 am

BaaBaas deserved the win, but this was a third string Ireland side. Still it was good if anybody could put their hands up to fill in for the injured guys.

We are going to get mullered down south this summer. Half of our first team are injured and so are the guys that should replace them.

We should just call of the tour.

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Anonymous June 06, 2010 9:53 am

RD could you put up highlights of the Under 20 world cup plz.

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Benson June 06, 2010 9:55 am

^^ Yes you are Anonymous, yes you are. Sneaky of you to make your excuses before hand. Good thinking ;)

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bbb June 06, 2010 10:40 am

"Note: Better quality highlights will be posted when possible."

ehh rugbydump this guy has the biggest shitload of rugby on his channel. in hd too :/ you guys could have had every single super 14 match covered with this guy.

are you going to use him more often? great asset to the dump if you ask me

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Leeners93 June 06, 2010 11:08 am

@decky100

if o'gara goes low,its going to be the same result:he'll get bounced.saying "get him around the ankles"only works to a certain point,ROG simply isnt big enough or strong enough.i think its about time everyone accepted that its not his tackling technique,its his physical nature,and stopped moaning

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Flinto June 06, 2010 11:23 am

bbb, that's not true HD, and all of them are cropped off the right, aspect ratio is all wrong. What's up with that? Decent enough anyway I guess.

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Anonymous June 06, 2010 12:01 pm

Well, if Ronan Ogara is the standard bearer for NH flyhalves then something is wrong. Amazing club rugby guy but he ain't all that on the international scene. Bring on the next generation...

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Anonymous June 06, 2010 12:03 pm

"Beaten by the barbarians, how embarassing."

I think it was quite a junior team though.

And man, that referee was annoying. He made a couple of bad decisions that you can let go, but the calling at the scrum was so bad. It was so irritating to watch.

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Anonymous June 06, 2010 12:07 pm

Also, Kearney for Tests, I think you're being a bit harsh on Poite. Yeah, he takes forever, but players learn to adapt...I don't think he ruined the match, as Ireland weren't really winning in the scrums, in the first place.

He was inconstant at the scrum. He first surprised everyone by being so slow. Then he'd use slightly different timing which messed up the engagement. He also paused halfway through as well AND messed up the timing: "Crouch...touch.............pause......engage"

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Anonymous June 06, 2010 12:48 pm

rugbydump can you post the clip of Mcfadden getting tackled by rabeni

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Rana June 06, 2010 1:04 pm

Lovely hands from O'Gara for Niall Ronan's try, 9 players out of 10 mess that up.

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John June 06, 2010 1:55 pm

I really think we are screwed for the tour. Too many of our top-line players are now injured, off-form or exhausted from the epic Lions tour. They need a good long holiday, not a hiding from the Kiwis and and the Aussies.

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John June 06, 2010 2:58 pm

yeh, its all sounding a bit like the run up to the last world cup - lost to scotland then too, and should have lost to italy!!(then, not now) but i hope things start getting a bit better before the WC! i wonder if POC's injury doesnt improve, he might jsut retire?

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captain beefheart June 06, 2010 3:50 pm

He was inconstant at the scrum. He first surprised everyone by being so slow. Then he'd use slightly different timing which messed up the engagement. He also paused halfway through as well AND messed up the timing:

It doesn't really matter...Ireland were still never going to win the battles in the scrum. Poite may have been bad there, but who cares - that's not why Ireland lost the match. They lost because of the silly handling errors and not being able to finish great runs/line breaks. It's unfortunate, because they did play some good rugby.

And what are you all talking about, first- and second-string players being injured? Who, exactly?

The only two who I'd really think would be severely missed are BOD and Heaslip, and as far as I know, they're included in the tour.

Earls, while a great up-and-coming player, wouldn't be a deciding factor. Flannery would be missed for sure, as he can be pretty integral to Ireland having great lineouts.

But let's not make excuses. I'm not expecting Ireland to win, but I'd be ecstatic if they do.

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Anonymous June 06, 2010 7:23 pm

RD will you upload video, where cronin almost leaves the Baabaa's winger for dead....

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Anonymous June 06, 2010 7:26 pm

"Who exactly?"

Paul O'Connell, Rory Best, Stephen Ferris, Keith Earls, Luke Fitzgerald, Sean O'Brien, Kevin McLaughlin, Denis Leamy, Donnacha Ryan, Shane Horgan, Fergus McFadden and Jerry Flannery.
ALL OUT!!

I know people are dissapointed about the how weakened were going to be for the tour. But this could really stand to us, massive game time for some of the peripheral players is really going to improve strength in depth. We might even come out of the undoubted flaking with a better side. No need to despair the WC is still 18 months away. At least we know what has to be done now... Scrum work mainly.

Lets not forget, both Australia and SA got hockeyed by Ireland in November 2006 with weakened sides and look what happened just one year on.

What we need to see out of these tests is an improvement. These lads know how to play some good stuff, that try for example was great rugby. If we could make it more consistent and weed out the weaknesses we wont be half bad.

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kevdetoulouse June 06, 2010 8:07 pm

last ever game for JB Elissalde...
sniff...

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Anonymous June 06, 2010 8:30 pm

It doesn't really matter...Ireland were still never going to win the battles in the scrum. Poite may have been bad there, but who cares - that's not why Ireland lost the match. They lost because of the silly handling errors and not being able to finish great runs/line breaks. It's unfortunate, because they did play some good rugby.

It does matter. Ireland are weak at the scrum. If they can only just keep possession from a good ref, they get screwed if when you get Poite. It's pretty irritating to watch because the problem is pretty obvious and even the players were getting pissed.

And I didn't say that lost them the match, it's just a pain in the ass to watch a senior ref do that. It's painfully obvious you're messing things up so why do it?

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pio June 06, 2010 9:09 pm

http://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/walking-wounded-2188557.html

I agree that Carr should've been selected, especially if Horgan is out.

But let's not act like NZ aren't missing some key players as well. Ali Williams is still out, and now Muliaina, Kahui, and Tom Donnelly are questionable. But NZ have a huge list of talented players ready to take their place in the lineup...

I think that it's better to look at this as a opportunity for Ireland to see just how good their player base really is, since some of the big name guys are out.

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On a side note...Tony Buckley is a friggin mastodon. John Hayes is a great player and class act, but I wonder if it wouldn't be better to start the tour with Buckley given his strength and size...?

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bbb June 06, 2010 9:19 pm

yo flinto, i guess so, but check out the guys youtube page. countless hours of SH rugby on it, hope to god the authorities dont find it

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Huh!! the 3rd June 06, 2010 9:59 pm

On Poite.

He yellow carded the baa baa's loose head, persumably for foul play off the ball, the cameras didn't show why (thanks rte). Then the play continues with a scrum to the Baa baas (which they eventually score from). WTF?? If foul play warrants a sin bin, then surely the game restarts with a pen to the team the foul has been commited against. This is the same ref who against Munster gave the Saints a scrum when Warrick knocked the ball on, Gerathy clothes lined him 2 sec after. He told O'Connell that the knock on came first and ignored the foul.

INCROYABLE!! QUELLE HORREUR!!

Bring back Joel Joute.

I loved the crowd booing some of the Baa baa hits, then realising it was Quinny and shutting up. Quinny's magic created Rush's try. Watch him holding either Tuohy or Muldoon giving Rush 5m space.

On Quinlain.

Lets start with the fact a lot of people disagree with his style and think he's too old to make the WC. But lets face it, he'll be in the same condition in 15 months as he is now. 40 fags a day for 20 years haven't slowed him yet. I know Leamy and Ferris are great powerful 6s but Quinny offers something different. He has hand skills, footballing skills (Tipp under age star) and for nearly 36 still a good runner. But above all else, he's probably the most intelligent operator in the game (loose fingers aside). Just saying.

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themull June 06, 2010 10:39 pm

Best of luck Big Malcom....you've been a great servent to Irish and einster rugby throughout your career....

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(u-p)rick June 06, 2010 11:34 pm

I personally thought ROG played much better in this game than he has in a long while, he was looking for the ball and looking for contact. Mix that in with fast offloads and quick ball from stringer and you always have good combination.

I do miss stringer from the irish team, the guy is small, cocky, aggressive and really just what you want from a scrum half. If the ball is hindered stringer digs it out!

Also very nice to see a tap and go penalty, not often you see them these days, unless its a quick tap on the mark, but not the old school pass to the prop and see what happens kinda moves...

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Jacques June 07, 2010 12:00 am

Hows the silly attempt at pretending he had his arms under the ball by the Irish no 9 at 2minutes. Must be the lamest piece of cheating rugby ive ever seen. trying to sway the ref. Shoving his arms in under there after the try has been scored. Laaaaaaaaaame!

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Anonymous June 07, 2010 12:50 am

"And what are you all talking about, first- and second-string players being injured? Who, exactly?"

Paul O'Connell
Stephen Ferris
Luke Fitzgerald
Keith Earls
Denis Leamy
Rory Best
Leo Cullen
Jerry Flannery
Devin Toner
Donnacha Ryan
Sean O'Brien
Kevin McLaughlin
Shane Horgan
Fergus McFadden
Felix Jones

That's half of our first team and all of our quality back up.

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Joost June 07, 2010 1:57 am

Great game! and increcible tackle by Kearney. Somebody said this was Elissalde's last game.. Is that true? Is he retiring?

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Tim June 07, 2010 3:48 am

All national teams get long inury lists.
For the test against England (and Irlenad I guess though some guys might heal by then) Australia is missing, just off thetop of my head :

Stephen moore, Ben Robinson, Ben Alexander (that's the entire starting front row out), Tatafu Polota-Nau (the back-up hooker), James Horwill, Stirling Mortlock, Will Genia, Wycliff Palu, Peter Hynes and Ben Daley.

It's just part of rugby, that's why you need depth to be succesful.

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Tomo June 07, 2010 7:07 am

Ah stringers great - He's the white, northern hemisphere version of George Gregan

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Jacques June 07, 2010 9:17 am

Tomo read my comment above. Stringer = twit. Feel like punching him everytime I see that sneaky move he pulls at 2 minutes. If you cant win playing fair then dont bother playing.

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MCB June 07, 2010 9:51 am

@ Jacques

You seem to think this is an isolated incident when in fact all players do it. See it all the time, players trying to slip theirnhands under the ball after its been grounded. Nothing new. Seems like you already have a grudge against Stringer, not just because of this incident. Your reaction is totally over the top.

@Huh!!the 3rd
Well said. Watching Quinlan on an opposing team is really frustrating, he really is a pest and winds people up. But he's a great player for Munster and Irish rugby and as u say brings something else to the game. He's a unique player and is unlucky not to be on the Ireland tour given their lack of available blindsides

Johne Murphy's try saving tackle on Heymans was also class

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Anonymous June 07, 2010 1:27 pm

i'm fairly sure the socks are from their school rugby career for the baabaas, not necessarily their club one.

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Anonymous June 07, 2010 1:41 pm

Tomo read my comment above. Stringer = twit. Feel like punching him everytime I see that sneaky move he pulls at 2 minutes. If you cant win playing fair then dont bother playing.

Get over it mate. Everyone does it. You've obviously never played yourself and never been in that situation. The same thing happens every single time, at schools, club and international. The only difference here is that the player who put his hands under could be seen as he wasn't buried under a bunch of players for once.

The whistle had blown and the decision had been made before he did it anyway so it had no effect on the game.

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Anonymous June 07, 2010 2:09 pm

"Tomo read my comment above. Stringer = twit. Feel like punching him everytime I see that sneaky move he pulls at 2 minutes. If you cant win playing fair then dont bother playing."

funny all that coming from a frenchy.

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(u-p)rick June 08, 2010 1:17 am

Hmmm with a name like Jacques I'd make an assumption of either French or South African....

.....both of which have excellent track records for discipline dont they......

Do not feed the troll...


...oh hell, why not, Jacques = twit

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Anarchangel June 08, 2010 8:39 pm

Laulala would probably make the ABs at the moment with Nonu out. Unfortunately he was plagued by injury problems at Canterbury so had to retire to the NH. It's great to see he's still doing well though.

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