Barbarians grind out win against a determined Wolfpac

The Barbarians travelled to Fond du Lac, WI on the weekend to play the Wolfpac in the week 2 of the Division 3 season. Under perfect conditions, the match was an aggressive affair with both sides stingy on defense.

Thomas Kloiber opened the scoring at the 12-minute mark and a conversion by Zach Price put the Barbarians ahead 7-0.

The Wolfpac — gaining territory through their powerful centers — responded about 10 minutes later with a converted try of their own to level the scores. 

The match remained deadlocked until just before halftime when the hosts crossed the try-line again to get the go-ahead try. At the whistle, Fond du Lac were leading 14-7.

Set-piece shines in the second half

Battling from behind, the Barbarians began to exert themselves in the scrum in the second half and were rewarded with an unconverted try by prop Dary Bagely just 7 minutes into the half. Yet the Wolfpac still held a 2-point margin.

The lead swung the Barbarians way with about 20 minutes remaining when fly-half Steve Drobot crossed the chaulk to bring the score 17-14 for the visitors. But an errant tackle just moments after play resumed saw the try-scorer leave the close match with a fractured orbital.

Clearing the bench, Coach Joe Birdsall bolstered the ranks. But the determined Wolfpac kept pressing and at 75-minutes drew the match 19-all with a well-worked try.

The final five minutes were intense on both sides of the ball as the players dug deep to finish an exhausting match and come away with the victory. 

A try at full-time by the Barbarians starting lock Paul Carter provided a fitting end to an exciting match that was up for grabs the entire match.

"I'm really excited that so many of our rookies got to play today." said Coach Birdsall. "Gritty matches like this one tests our abilty to perform when tired and stressed. Scoring three second-half tries under all that pressure is a good sign for this young roster."

On deck

The Barbarians have a bye week this weekend from league play, but are hosting the Bremer County Bucks — the 2016 regional Midwest Champions — in an exhibition match in Milwaukee


Match Stream

12' TR score MIL3 0 - 5 #9 - Kloiber, Thomas
13' CV score MIL3 0 - 7 #6 - Price, Zach
21' TR score FOND 5 - 7 Team score
22' CV score FOND 7 - 7 Team score
38' TR score FOND 12 - 7 Team score
39' CV score FOND 14 - 7 Team score
40' TC sub MIL3 14 - 7 Off: #11 - #11 - Melnick, Brendan
On: #19 - #19 - Tobin, Mark
47' TR score MIL3 14 - 12 #1 - Bagley, Daryl
58' TR score MIL3 14 - 17 #10 - Drobot, Steve
59' CV score MIL3 14 - 19 #6 - Price, Zach
59' IJ sub MIL3 14 - 19 Off: #10 - #10 - Drobot, Steve
On: #18 - #18 - Young, Taylor
65' TC sub MIL3 14 - 19 Off: #3 - #3 - Kloiber, Joseph
On: #16 - #16 - Borkhus, Adam
75' TR score FOND 19 - 19 Team score
80' TR score MIL3 19 - 24 #5 - Carter, Paul

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