In the aftermath of Storm Arwen the Barbarian’s Squad bravely made the long road trip to Banbury. The vibes had not been looking good – many players had withdrawn in the days running up to the game and as the squad drove the icy roads across the Cotswold hills the car thermometer dipped below freezing.
However, arriving shortly before 10am the squad was welcomed by Banbury RFC and its impressive stadium bathed in bright sunshine.
The Barbarian’s played three games against well coached and organised Banbury squads. As there were few substitutes available all the players got a lot of game time, which helped to keep everyone warm.
The teams were all well matched and the Barbarians acquitted themselves with great credit – particularly as the opposition were spirited and had some players of significant stature (think XXXL shirt , size 12 boots). The Banbury running lines were therefore unsurprisingly direct and the Barbarian’s squad soon learned to tackle the player early before they built up significant momentum. Some brave and committed tacking was demonstrated by all members of the squad, both in the heavy midfield traffic and on the flanks.
In attack the Barbarian’s responded with some scything runs, backed up by great support, resulting in some impressive multiphase rugby. The last play of the morning was announced by the Banbury coach with a promise of freshly cooked sausage and bacon baps after the game. These were of course very much appreciated by all the players who had participated in mornings play.
Thank you Banbury RFC for a great day. We look forward to welcoming you back to Old Pats very soon.