Gloucester - A penalty three minutes from time by
Argentinian great Felipe Contepomi gave the Barbarians a thrilling
29-28 win over Ireland and an unwelcome defeat for the Irish ahead of
their tour of New Zealand.
Contepomi's penalty was the only one
kicked during a typically open Barbarians encounter which saw eight
tries in all, four from each side with the biggest cheer of the match
coming for former England captain and Gloucester favourite Mike Tindall
scoring one of them.
Former Gloucester star and like Tindall a
member of the 2003 World Cup winning squad Iain Balshaw, now at
Biarritz, also scored a try while former England wing Paul Sackey and
Italy's South African-born lock Cornelius van Zyl touched down as well.
The Irish -
who were missing their Leinster stars after their loss on Sunday in the
Celtic League final a week after winning the European Cup - battled all
the way and there were two tries for the impressive 21-year-old Ulster
wing Craig Gilroy.
Munster duo Keith Earls and Simon Zebo were
Ireland's other try scorers but it was not enough to stop the 'BaaBaas'
from registering a morale boosting win after a 57-26 thumping by
England at Twickenham on Sunday.
They round off their three match tour against Six Nations Grand Slam champions Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.