Barbs even record


The Bruce County Barbarians improved to 4-4 as the Senior Men's rugby team won its first road game of the year Sunday afternoon.

In a game that was delayed almost two hours by lightning, the Barbarians claimed a 10-5 win over the Norfolk Harvesters.
Bruce County controlled the early play, and after missing two penalties, it finally got on the board. From just outside the Norfolk 22-yard line, Rhys Jones switched with Keith Colley on a line-out, and Colley slotted over a well-taken drop to give Bruce County a 3-0 lead.

It stayed that way until the half.
Barbarians coach Martin O'Connor said that Norfolk played much better in the second, dominating the early part of the half. Bruce County took a penalty deep in the defensive end, which allowed the Harvesters to run in for a 5-3 lead and the first try of the game. The Harvesters missed the conversion.

Front captain Steve Bell rallied the troops and Bruce County rebounded with some of its best rugby of the season. The Barbs drove the Norfolk scrum back 10-metres and finally got its first try of the contest. Bruce County used good ball movement to get the ball to Josh Brenner for the game winning score. Jones nailed the conversion and Bruce County held off a final press by Norfolk.

"This is probably our best result so far," said O'Connor. "To go from 0-3 to having a 4-4 record is a fantastic turn around for such a new team."

O'Connor added that the Barbs would still welcome a few new bodies to help build towards next season.
Bruce County's next game is in Wingham Aug. 9. The Barbs will be looking for revenge on Wingham, who beat the Barbs 17-12 earlier this season in Kincardine.

"It's a game we are all looking forward to," said O'Connor.