The Barbarians have triumphed 19-0 over Munster in the historic fixture which took place in Thomond Park this evening which was exclusively broadcasted live on punditarena.com/tv.
This was the women’s Barbarians first ever fixture and they have now established a 100% record thanks to their victory at the rain-sodden Limerick venue.
It was incredibly unfortunate that the weather conditions at the home of Munster Rugby had such an effect on this game. From early afternoon, there was constant and heavy drizzle and it made the ball like a bar of soap throughout the whole game.
Both sides must be applauded for their determination to put on a great show to the enthusiastic crowd who came out to witness this historic moment. Both the Barbarians and Munster were willing to put the ball through the hands in the opening 40 despite the deteriorating weather conditions.
For Munster, Syphonia Pua and Aine Staunton looked particularly lively with both players making decent ground in contact and in the wide channels.
For the BaBaas, Tova Derk was a constant thorn in the Munster side and Marie ‘Mazzie’ Reilly was the epitome of relentless work-rate as she put in a huge defensive effort in the first half.
The scrum efforts from both sides were full-blooded but after both teams getting on the wrong side of the referee in terms of penalties, the Barbarians finally won parity when they were awarded a penalty try after the scrum rumbled towards the Munster line.
The rest of the half was characterized by unforced errors due to the poor conditions and the sides went in at the interval with the Barbarians 7-0 in front.
Munster put on a fresh 15 for the second half and it certainly showed in the opening minutes as the women in red made all the running as they did their best to break down a dogged BaBaas defence.
The BaBaas slowly made changes of their own with saw the introduction of Edel McMahon, Becky Essex and Nora Stapleton. Ailis Egan, who was another of the Barbarians’ second half substitutions touched down for the Barbarians’ second try despite the best defensive efforts of Munster’s and Ireland’s Leah Lyons. The try was converted and the Barbarians were 14-0 to the good.
Stapleton, made a huge impact when she came on as she did excellently to sell the Munster defensive on the wing before offloading to Georgina Roberts who touched down.
With less than 10 minutes remaining and the game pretty much won for the Barbarians, Munster tried their best for a consolation score but couldn’t muster anything significant besides a decent line break from Niamh Kavanagh.
Barbarians: Georgina Roberts, Tova Derk, Vicki Jackson, Megan Goddard, Elen Evans, Christelle LeDuff, Emma Jensen, Fiona Coghlan (C), Amy Garnett, Claire Cripps, Marie Riley, Lenaige Corson, Susie Brown, Rachel Taylor, Kelly Russell.
Replacements: Ailis Egan, Tracy Balmer, Edel McMahon, Becky Essex, Nora Stapleton, Amanda Thornborough, Jackie Shiels, Tania Rosser.
Munster: Laura O’Mahony, Deirbhile Bhaird, Aine Staunton, Christine Arthurs, Syphonia Pua, Valerie Power, Nicole Cronin, Fiona Hayes, Edel Murphy, Gillian Bourke, Nuala O’Connor, Chloe Pearse, Dinah O’Mahony, Siobhan Fleming, Anna Caplice.
Munster Second Half Team: Linda McNamara, Laura Sheehan, Niamh Kavanagh, Rachel Allen, Tracy Collopy, Ellen Murphy, Helen McDermott, Leah Lyons, Zoe Grattage, Fiona Reidy, Eileen Foley, Roisin Ormond, Clodagh O’Halloran, Siobhan McCarthy, Ciara Griffin.