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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.

Looking ahead

The Barbarians next Division 1 match is on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Davenport, IA versus the Palmer Dragons. 

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Match Stream

MINEVENTSIDESCOREDETAILS
16'TR score MIL5 - 0 #9 - Patterson, Justin
17'CV score MIL7 - 0 #10 - Vigder, Nick
32'IJ sub MIL7 - 0Off: #1 - #1 - cwiklis, kyle
On: #17 - #17 - Nowak, Robert
36'BL sub MIL7 - 0Off: #2 - #2 - Smolensky, Eric
On: #18 - #18 - Castillo, Paul
37'TR score CHIG7 - 5 #8 - Youngman, Henry
38'CV score CHIG7 - 7 #10 - Suniula, Andrew
39'TR score CHIG7 - 12 #14 - Marek, Patrick
40'TC sub MIL7 - 12Off: #4 - #4 - Schwalbe, Ray
On: #16 - #16 - Bastian, Benjamin
40'TC sub CHIG7 - 12Off: #7 - #7 - Ochoa, Miguel
On: #19 - #19 - Fogarty, Lant
44'PK score MIL10 - 12 #10 - Vigder, Nick
54'TR score CHIG10 - 17 #13 - Peterson, Scott
55'TC sub MIL10 - 17Off: #2 - #2 - Smolensky, Eric
On: #18 - #18 - Castillo, Paul
55'CV score CHIG10 - 19 #10 - Suniula, Andrew
57'TC sub CHIG10 - 19Off: #6 - #6 - Pellegrino, Sam
On: #16 - #16 - Henley-Lewis, De'Autre
58'TR score CHIG10 - 24 #10 - Suniula, Andrew
59'CV score CHIG10 - 26 #10 - Suniula, Andrew
60'TC sub MIL10 - 26Off: #7 - #7 - King, Damon
On: #20 - #20 - Walczak, Ryan
60'PK score MIL13 - 26 #10 - Vigder, Nick
62'TC sub MIL13 - 26Off: #11 - #11 - Bartlett, Robert
On: #23 - #23 - Ash, Timothy
64'Y card CHIG13 - 26 #8 - Youngman, Henry
68'TC sub MIL13 - 26Off: #13 - #13 - Gardener, Joseph
On: #22 - #22 - Bell, Dustin
69'TR score CHIG13 - 31 #15 - Anderson, Jordan
69'TC sub CHIG13 - 31Off: #5 - #5 - Dwyer, Thomas
On: #17 - #17 - walcott, nicholas
70'TC sub MIL13 - 31Off: #6 - #6 - Grams, Joseph
On: #19 - #19 - Rhodes, Charles
70'TC sub MIL13 - 31Off: #9 - #9 - Patterson, Justin
On: #21 - #21 - Petfalski, Jeremy
70'CV score CHIG13 - 33 #10 - Suniula, Andrew
75'TR score MIL18 - 33 #5 - Smith, Benjamin
75'TC sub CHIG18 - 33Off: #14 - #14 - Marek, Patrick
On: #22 - #22 - Miller, Michael
75'TC sub CHIG18 - 33Off: #8 - #8 - Youngman, Henry
On: #20 - #20 - Debartolo, Don
78'TR score MIL23 - 33 #22 - Bell, Dustin
79'CV score MIL25 - 33 #10 - Vigder, Nick

The complete and official match report can be found on the USA Rugby website.