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Barbarians mount successful comeback vs. conference leaders

The Milwaukee Barbarians (4-2-0) overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit on the weekend to defeat Oconomowoc (6-0-0) who sit at the top of the North Chicago-Wisconsin conference

With an excited home crowd and perfect conditions, Oconomowoc started strongly with two converted tries in the opening six minutes to open a 14-0 lead. 

Turning their attention defense, the Barbarians contained the hosts for much of the remaining half and scored their first points with just 2 minutes remaining. 

But Oconomowoc replied at the halftime whistle to maintain their 14-point margin. At the break, the hosts lead 21-7.

Offense opens up in second half

Milwaukee kept up the defensive clinic in the second half and also ramped up the offense. With just two minutes remaining in the match, the Barbarians had scored three unanswered tries and a penalty kick to give them an 8-point margin: 29-21 Milwaukee.

Oconomowoc showed their fitness and scored once more at the final whistle, but came up short on the scoreboard. Final score: 29-26 for Milwaukee.

Up next

Due to USA Rugby guidelines regulating clubs that compete in multiple divisions, the Barbarians are not eligible for playoffs which start this coming weekend.

However, the Milwaukee rugby team is hosting the Northwest Woodsmen (7-1-0) from the West Chicago-Wisconsin conference. This will be the club's final home game of the fifteen's season.

Barbarians Roster

Match Stream

MINEVENTSIDESCOREDETAILS
1'TR score OCON5 - 0 #15 - jobke, miles
1'CV score OCON7 - 0 #15 - jobke, miles
6'TR score OCON12 - 0 #10 - sandstrom, adam
6'CV score OCON14 - 0 #15 - jobke, miles
38'TR score MIL314 - 5 #9 - Petfalski, Jeremy
39'CV score MIL314 - 7 #6 - Price, Zach
40'TR score OCON19 - 7 #10 - sandstrom, adam
40'CV score OCON21 - 7 #15 - jobke, miles
44'Y card OCON21 - 7 #8 - Lindell, Korbin
47'TR score MIL321 - 12 #13 - Fendryk, Randy
47'TC sub OCON21 - 12Off: #1 - #1 - Balda, Michael
On: #6 - #6 - Wilson, Forrest
47'TC sub OCON21 - 12Off: #1 - #1 - Balda, Michael
On: #21 - #21 - Scherer, Daniel
47'TC sub OCON21 - 12Off: #11 - #11 - Jacques, Timothy
On: #18 - #18 - Macik, Curtis
47'TC sub OCON21 - 12Off: #6 - #6 - Wilson, Forrest
On: #20 - #20 - Doll, Curtis
49'TC sub OCON21 - 12Off: #3 - #3 - Kilpatrick, Dane
On: #19 - #19 - Olson, Jeffrey
57'TR score MIL321 - 17 #17 - Martel, Alexander
58'CV score MIL321 - 19 #6 - Price, Zach
58'IJ sub OCON21 - 19Off: #20 - #20 - Doll, Curtis
On: #23 - #23 - Weinfurter, Zachary
60'TC sub OCON21 - 19Off: #4 - #4 - Javes, Alexander
On: #22 - #22 - Schultz, Matthew
61'TC sub OCON21 - 19Off: #14 - #14 - Plohocky, Martin
On: #16 - #16 - Bentley, Jason
66'TC sub OCON21 - 19Off: #2 - #2 - Huskisson, Jacob
On: #17 - #17 - LePoidevin, Alec
67'PK score MIL321 - 22 #6 - Price, Zach
77'TR score MIL321 - 27 #2 - Smolensky, Eric
78'CV score MIL321 - 29 #6 - Price, Zach
81'TR score OCON26 - 29 #10 - sandstrom, adam

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