Thompstone and Robson earn victory for the Barbarians
5 April 2007 11:35am
NEC Harlequins Academy players Adam Thompstone and George Robson stole the show as they scored the two tries to earn the Barbarians a hard-fought 14-0 victory over a strong Army XV at the Stoop last night (Wednesday 4th April).
The Twickenham Stoop hosted the Army versus Barbarians fixture in celebration of the Army Rugby Union Centenary Season (1906 to 2006), with the match being broadcasted live by both BSkyB and the British Forces Broadcasting Service so that rugby fans at home along with the British Army's Servicemen and Women around the globe could enjoy the game. Back at the Stoop, the crowd were entertained by the Gurkha Band before the guest of honour, General of the British Armed Forces and President of the Army Rugby Union, Sir Richard Dannatt greeted the players before kick-off.
Former Quins Coach and New Zealand international Zinzan Brooke coached the Barbarians XV and his squad was led by former Australian World Cup winner Joe Roff, with the side including former Irish internationals Kevin Maggs and Justin Fitzpatrick as well as former Australian lock Justin Harrison. In addition to Thompstone and Robson, the Barbarians side also featured their Quins team-mates Luke Sherriff and Seb Jewell.
In a challenging match that saw the Army XV come up against first class opposition, the game proved to be a closely fought affair. However, Thompstone broke the deadlock after 25 minutes as the winger suddenly found himself in space and demonstrated his skill by powerfully weaving his way over the try line. The former Argentinean fly half Gonzalo Quesado added the extras from in front of the posts to give the Barbarians a 7-0 lead at the break.
The most famous non-international side in the world, dressed in their iconic black and white hoops, then extended their lead thanks to a try from Robson nine minutes into the second half. Following a series of pick and drives from the pack, the Quins lock forward was able to power over the line for the final try of the match. Again Quesado made no mistake with his conversion attempt to put the Barbarians 14-points in front. For the remainder of the game both teams were unable to make the most of the chances they created, so victory went to the Barbarians on a night of celebration for both teams.
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