Barbarians on top in benefit game for Jarrod Cunningham
7 March 2003 10:55am
The Barbarians recorded a 66-33 victory over the London Irish All-Stars at the Stoop last night (6th March 2003) in the Jarrod Cunningham Salsa Foundation Benefit match.
In an entertaining game, a try from Barbarians winger Oriol Ripol, converted by Fijian Waisale Serevi, opened the scoring after just three minutes. The All Stars responded with a hat-trick of tries from Justin Bishop, with scores coming after six, 16 and 23 minutes respectively. Cunningham converted two of these tries to make the score 19-7.
A try from NEC Harlequins Viliame Satala and a score from Darren Fox, both converted by Serevi, put the Barbarians back in front (21-19) as the game approached half-time. Four minutes before the interval, Glenn Delaney raced clear for the Barbarians fourth try of the night and with Serevi adding the two extra points on offer, the score stood at 28-19 in the Barbarians favour.
Three minutes after the restart and Ed Hoadley scored for the All Stars, and with Cunningham adding the conversion, the deficit was once again down to two points (26-28). Former South African full back Percy Montgomery then sprinter clear for another Barbarians try and after adding the conversion, Serevi went over for the first of his three tries in the match.
Olly Hoad scored the All Stars final try of the game, which Cunningham converted, with 11 minutes remaining to make the score 33-42, but the Barbarians finished the stronger of the two teams in the final ten minutes. Kevin Brennan went over, before Serevi completed his hat-trick with his second and third tries after 73 and 78 minutes respectively.
London Wasps centre Mark Denney completed the scoring with the Barbarians tenth try three minutes into injury time.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.