Strong second-half offense breaks Kansas City drought.

The Milwaukee Barbarians hit the road today for the first of 3 consecutive away matches starting with the Kansas City Blues.

Kansas City is the longest road trip for Milwaukee in USA Rugby’s Midwest Division 1 and the Barbarians have long-struggled to be competitive. In nine prior meetings with the Barbarians, the Blues had never lost a match.

As clear favorites, the Blues got out to an early 7-0 lead after just 4 minutes. Shortly after, a yellow card to Barbarian Rob Bartlett was followed by another try by the home side to extend their lead to 12 points with 30 minutes remaining in the half.

The rest of the first half was a primarily a defensive standoff with the Barbarians scoring a single try from winger Matt Drzweicki at the 20-minute mark. After the conversion by captain Nick Vigder (shown above) the Blues remained in the lead 12-7, a lead they would carry into halftime.

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Milwaukee goes on the offense in the second half

The first of five lead changes started early in the second half as Vigder crossed the whitewash and converted his own try. The Barbarians 14-12 lead was short-lived however as the Blues struck back almost immediately with a penalty kick despite having a player sent off for foul play (yellow card). 

Drzweicki then dotted down for his second of the day to retake the lead 21-15 which was matched by a converted try from the Blues. 

With 20 minutes remaining, the Blues lead by the slimmest of margins: 22-21.

The Barbarians then starved the hosts for possession while their tempo with ball-in-hand continued to gain steam. They were rewarded with tries by the pack through Cwiklis and Bastian at the 65th and 75th minutes. 

They final five minutes of the match were a bit frantic but the Barbarian defense held and they were awarded a penalty in the dying seconds to finish the match on top 31-22.

The bonues-point victory marks the second consecutive win by the Barbarians and their first on the road in Kansas City. With a 2-1-0 record, the Milwaukee rugby team is tied for 3rd place in the Division 1 standings.

Scoring Summary

Barbarians, 31 (5T, 3C)

  • Nick Vigder, 11 (1T, 3C)
  • Matt Drzweicki, 10 (2T)
  • Kyle Cwiklis, 5 (1T)
  • Ben Bastian, 5 (1T)

KC Blues, 22 (3T, 2C, 1PK)

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Match Stream

MINEVENTSIDESCOREDETAILS
3′TR scoreKCB5 – 0#13 – Weber, Cody
4′CV scoreKCB7 – 0#10 – Mercer, Michael
10′TR scoreKCB12 – 0#5 – Wirken, Matt
10′Y cardMIL12 – 0#15 – Bartlett, Robert
20′TR scoreMIL12 – 5#14 – Drzewiecki, Matt
21′CV scoreMIL12 – 7#9 – Vigder, Nick
30′IJ subMIL12 – 7Off: #12 – #12 – Strenk, Brian
On: #20 – #20 – Mross, Alex
32′Y cardKCB12 – 7#6 – Clarke, James
40′TC subMIL12 – 7Off: #7 – #7 – Sims, Anthony
On: #17 – #17 – Bell, Conor
43′TC subKCB12 – 7Off: #8 – #8 – Eftink, Jim
On: #16 – #16 – Korvick, Richard
45′TR scoreMIL12 – 12#9 – Vigder, Nick
46′CV scoreMIL12 – 14#9 – Vigder, Nick
48′PK scoreKCB15 – 14#10 – Mercer, Michael
51′TR scoreMIL15 – 19#14 – Drzewiecki, Matt
52′CV scoreMIL15 – 21#9 – Vigder, Nick
56′TR scoreKCB20 – 21#16 – Korvick, Richard
57′CV scoreKCB22 – 21#10 – Mercer, Michael
60′TC subMIL22 – 21Off: #5 – #5 – Ruys, Adam
On: #16 – #16 – loots, johannes
64′TC subKCB22 – 21Off: #9 – #9 – Cummings, Casey
On: #17 – #17 – Rice, Jordan
65′TR scoreMIL22 – 26#8 – Cwiklis, Kyle
66′TC subKCB22 – 26Off: #12 – #12 – McDonough, David
On: #19 – #19 – Hilterman-Haider, Lucas
76′TC subKCB22 – 26Off: #4 – #4 – harbour, cale
On: #23 – #23 – routh, trigg
77′TR scoreMIL22 – 31#4 – Bastian, Benjamin
78′TC subKCB22 – 31Off: #3 – #3 – Scheidt, Ryan
On: #20 – #20 – Hayes, Brandon
78′TC subKCB22 – 31Off: #13 – #13 – Weber, Cody
On: #18 – #18 – Johnson, Silvanus

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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