Ireland frustrated at loss to Barbarians

NZ Newswire May 30, 2012, 10:27 am

A late penalty has condemned the New Zealand-bound Ireland rugby team to an agonising 29-28 loss to the Barbarians, days after the Barbarians were comfortably dispatched 57-26 by England.

The Irish were resting their Leinster players - following their defeat to Ospreys in Sunday's RaboDirect PRO12 final - but expected a better performance in their Gloucester clash against the Barbarians on Tuesday night.

"We are disappointed," Irish coach Declan Kidney said.

"The Barbarians were a lot better than they were on Sunday against England.

"They were well focused, it was a tough game and but we only went down to a penalty three minutes from the end.

"We didn't have a full deck of cards but it was a brilliant opportunity for some of our fringe players."

Kidney is due to name his squad for the New Zealand tour on Wednesday and reported no major injury worries.

Asked about his side's chances in New Zealand, Ireland's captain on the night, Ronan O'Gara, said: "It's a huge challenge; it is the survival of the fittest.

"Test rugby takes you out of your comfort zone and people don't understand that it's a whole new level and it's going to be extremely tough."

Mike Tindall, the out-of-contract Gloucester centre, had an impressive game for the Barbarians, scoring one try and having a hand in two of the others.

Barbarians coach John Kirwan said: "Mike has been fantastic. He was very good on Sunday and at 33 he wanted to back it up tonight by playing on his home ground."

The Barbarians now face Wales on Saturday and Kirwan added: "The game is all about Shane Williams.

"It will be his last ever match playing against Wales at the Millennium Stadium."

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  1. Tony12:58pm Wednesday 30th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Does anyone think the irish care about playing the Barbarians... (training run) they will play better here and they will want to win..

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  2. Kiwi10012:29pm Wednesday 30th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The ABs are vulnerable at this point in time. There are key players coming back from injury, a new head .coach and some younger and inexperienced young 'uns coming into the team as well.

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  3. Hombre10:58am Wednesday 30th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    What do Weepu and Brownlie have in common ? A; meat pies.

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  4. ron10:34am Wednesday 30th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Of course the Baa Baas were better...they'd had another game together. Einstein!

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  5. Hebe10:25am Wednesday 30th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Piri Wepu is struggling to get back to form - so the AB's could still have a fight on their hands from Ireland if they have been eating too much since the WRC.

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  6. Humpty Alexander Dumpty10:02am Wednesday 30th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Oh boy... a substandard Irish team going to make the AB’s look great..... Window dressing. Will have to wait for the tri nations for a proper benchmark.

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