Gloucester - Springbok lock Victor Matfield led the
Barbarians to a 62-14 rout of a second-string Gloucester team as the
invitational side warmed up for this weekend's match against Argentina by
running in 10 tries at Kingsholm on Tuesday.
There was a brace of tries from Wallabies wing Joe Tomane
with the rest shared by Fiji’s Nemani Nadolo, All Blacks Nehe Milner-Skudder,
Ryan Crotty and Waisake Naholo, South Africa’s Lood de Jager and Pat Lambie,
and uncapped New Zealander Ardie Savea.
Gloucester stayed in touch with a Dan Thomas burst from 20m,
their scrummaging resulted in a sin-binning for New Zealand prop Jamie
Mackintosh and they forced a penalty try in the closing moments.
There was a big gulf in the experience between these sides,
with the Barbarians scratch outfit totalling 573 international caps between
them against a young home side with a mix of youngsters plus a few old heads like
veteran prop Nick Wood.
Gloucester were tenacious throughout, though, particularly
at the set pieces, but the cutting edge in the Barbarians stellar back line -
with South Africa’s Lambie pulling the strings and Milner-Skudder, Tomane,
Nadolo and Co running riot - was irresistible.
When Cheika unloaded his bench in the second half - bringing
on the likes of New Zealand’s Naholo, Australia captain Stephen Moore and Springbok
legend Bakkies Botha - you get an idea of the riches at his disposal.
Fiji wing Nadolo opened the scoring by barging over on the
left before Gloucester were briefly in front when Thomas stole the ball to
score and saw his effort converted by Lloyd Evans.
Milner-Skudder - the opening try-scorer in the World Cup
final - breezed over for the second and Tomane scored twice in quick succession
before Gloucester’s best spell saw them win a string of scrum penalties with
Mackintosh ordered off by referee Dean Richards as a result.
However, the Barbarians scored again before the break
through Crotty to open up a 31-7 lead with Lambie converting two of the five
first half scores into the howling wind.
Gloucester lost No 8 Lewis Ludlow to the sin-bin early in
the second half, the cue for four more Barbarians tries in an 18-minute spell
from De Jager, Savea, and replacements Naholo and Kerr-Barlow.
The Cherry and Whites rallied once more - setting up the
position for a drive to the line and awarded a penalty try five minutes from
time when their driving maul was pulled down.
But the Barbarians had the last word when Tomane broke out
once more and Lambie followed up to touch down their final try with flank Savea
supplying the conversion.
15 Nehe Milner Skudder (Hurricanes & New Zealand), 14
Joe Tomane (Brumbies & Australia), 13 Francois Venter (Cheetahs), 12 Ryan
Crotty (Crusaders & New Zealand), 11 Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders & Fiji),
10 Pat Lambie (Sharks & South Africa), 9 Cobus Reinach (Sharks & South
Africa), 8 Jarrad Butler (Brumbies), 7 Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), 6 Stephen
Hoiles (Waratahs & Australia), 5 Lood de Jager (Cheetahs & South
Africa), 4 Victor Matfield (Northampton Saints & South Africa - captain), 3
Toby Smith (Melbourne Rebels & Australia), 2 James Hanson (Reds &
Australia), 1 Jamie Mackintosh (Chiefs & New Zealand)
Substitutes (from): 16 Stephen Moore (Brumbies & Australia),
17 Thomas du Toit (Sharks), 18 Charlie Faumuina (Blues & New Zealand), 19
Bakkies Botha (South Africa), 20 Scott Fardy (Brumbies & Australia), 21
Tawera Kerr Barlow (Chiefs & New Zealand), 22 Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders
& New Zealand), 23 Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies & Australia), 24 Waisake
Naholo (Highlanders & New Zealand)