Clock expires on Barbarians comeback against visiting Griffins.

Hot off a 75-0 victory in week 1, the Chicago Griffins visited Milwaukee in the Division 1 home opener for the Barbarians

Under perfect conditions, the match began with caution from both sides and lots of great defense that continued for nearly the entire first half.

After 35 minutes the Barbarians were ahead 7-0 after an early try by Justin Paterson (and conversion by Vigder) and a narrowly-missed 60-meter drop-goal attempt by Joe Gardener.

But a pair of quick tries in the closing minutes of the first half saw the Griffins head into the break with a 12-7 lead.

Visitors extend lead early in second half

The Griffins found their stride in the second half with four unanswered tries — including one short-handed score following a yellow-card by the visitor’s 8-man. 

With 5 minutes left, the Griffins had held the Milwaukee offense to a single penalty kick and were ahead 33-13.

But the Barbarians battled bravely even with the scoreboard now firmly against them. Veteran 8-man Ben Smith crashed over at 75-minute mark and Dustin Bell a few minutes later. 

The Barbarians clearly had momentum in their favor but at full time they still trailed by 8 to narrowly miss a bonus point. Final score: 33-25 for the visitors.

Roster

  • #1 – Cwiklis, Kyle
  • #2 – Smolensky, Eric
  • #3 – Kloiber, John Paul
  • #4 – Schwalbe, Ray
  • #5 – Smith, Benjamin
  • #6 – Grams, Joseph
  • #7 – King, Damon
  • #8 – Cebe, Jeffrey
  • #9 – Patterson, Justin
  • #10 – Vigder, Nick
  • #11 – Bartlett, Robert
  • #12 – Strenk, Brian
  • #13 – Gardener, Joseph
  • #14 – Drzewiecki, Matt
  • #15 – Albert, Michael
  • #16 – Bastian, Benjamin
  • #17 – Nowak, Robert
  • #18 – Castillo, Paul
  • #19 – Rhodes, Charles
  • #20 – Walczak, Ryan
  • #21 – Petfalski, Jeremy
  • #22 – Bell, Dustin
  • #23 – Ash, Timothy

Match Stream

MINEVENTSIDESCOREDETAILS
16′TR scoreMIL5 – 0#9 – Patterson, Justin
17′CV scoreMIL7 – 0#10 – Vigder, Nick
32′IJ subMIL7 – 0Off: #1 – #1 – cwiklis, kyle
On: #17 – #17 – Nowak, Robert
36′BL subMIL7 – 0Off: #2 – #2 – Smolensky, Eric
On: #18 – #18 – Castillo, Paul
37′TR scoreCHIG7 – 5#8 – Youngman, Henry
38′CV scoreCHIG7 – 7#10 – Suniula, Andrew
39′TR scoreCHIG7 – 12#14 – Marek, Patrick
40′TC subMIL7 – 12Off: #4 – #4 – Schwalbe, Ray
On: #16 – #16 – Bastian, Benjamin
40′TC subCHIG7 – 12Off: #7 – #7 – Ochoa, Miguel
On: #19 – #19 – Fogarty, Lant
44′PK scoreMIL10 – 12#10 – Vigder, Nick
54′TR scoreCHIG10 – 17#13 – Peterson, Scott
55′TC subMIL10 – 17Off: #2 – #2 – Smolensky, Eric
On: #18 – #18 – Castillo, Paul
55′CV scoreCHIG10 – 19#10 – Suniula, Andrew
57′TC subCHIG10 – 19Off: #6 – #6 – Pellegrino, Sam
On: #16 – #16 – Henley-Lewis, De’Autre
58′TR scoreCHIG10 – 24#10 – Suniula, Andrew
59′CV scoreCHIG10 – 26#10 – Suniula, Andrew
60′TC subMIL10 – 26Off: #7 – #7 – King, Damon
On: #20 – #20 – Walczak, Ryan
60′PK scoreMIL13 – 26#10 – Vigder, Nick
62′TC subMIL13 – 26Off: #11 – #11 – Bartlett, Robert
On: #23 – #23 – Ash, Timothy
64′Y cardCHIG13 – 26#8 – Youngman, Henry
68′TC subMIL13 – 26Off: #13 – #13 – Gardener, Joseph
On: #22 – #22 – Bell, Dustin
69′TR scoreCHIG13 – 31#15 – Anderson, Jordan
69′TC subCHIG13 – 31Off: #5 – #5 – Dwyer, Thomas
On: #17 – #17 – walcott, nicholas
70′TC subMIL13 – 31Off: #6 – #6 – Grams, Joseph
On: #19 – #19 – Rhodes, Charles
70′TC subMIL13 – 31Off: #9 – #9 – Patterson, Justin
On: #21 – #21 – Petfalski, Jeremy
70′CV scoreCHIG13 – 33#10 – Suniula, Andrew
75′TR scoreMIL18 – 33#5 – Smith, Benjamin
75′TC subCHIG18 – 33Off: #14 – #14 – Marek, Patrick
On: #22 – #22 – Miller, Michael
75′TC subCHIG18 – 33Off: #8 – #8 – Youngman, Henry
On: #20 – #20 – Debartolo, Don
78′TR scoreMIL23 – 33#22 – Bell, Dustin
79′CV scoreMIL25 – 33#10 – Vigder, Nick

Vic Drover
Vic Drover

Vic has a long history in and around the sport of rugby both in Canada and the US. He has played for and started numerous clubs (Vandal's RFC, Strathcona Druids, Suffolk Bull Moose, West Side Harlequins, Milwaukee Barbarians, Hamilton Girls Rugby), and served many roles over the years at all administrative levels. Vic joined the Harlequins in 2007 and remained an active club member through the transition to the Barbarians. These days, he spends his rugby time playing tag rugby and touring with the Old Boys, keeping the club website updated, helping organize the Lakefront 7s, and fundraising.

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