Friday, November 30, 2007
In preparation for the highly anticipated Barbarians vs Springboks clash on Saturday, we've dug up a fantastic try from 2000 which saw stars such as former Wallabies Richard Harry, Daniel Herbert, ex All Black number eight Ron Cribb, and enigmatic Argentinian leader Augustin Pichot playing some great rugby and throwing some classic passes.
Harry got it going, showing good pace for a big guy, but Ron Cribb threw a vital slip pass to Pichot who put the foot down and flew away from the hapless Bok defenders. A classic try by the Barbarians, who are tradtionally famous for this type of crowd friendly flair.
For this years clash between the two sides at Twickenham though, the Baa Baa's unfortunately are missing a lot of mainline players from England, Ireland, and France due to club commitments. Therefore, the side is built up of a familiar bunch of Southern Hemisphere names that the South African's will know well.
The Boks on the other hand are also missing a few of their stars, with players like captain John Smit not being available and others being out because of injury.
Both sides are looking strong though, and in all honesty this Barbarians side could and probably will give the World Champions a really tough challenge.
With the likes of Joe Rokocoko, Mat Giteau, and Jason Robinson, you can expect to see some highly attractive rugby and some tremendous skill on show.
Expect the Boks to play it tight at first though. Although Barbarian clashes are meant to be a festival of running rugby, the World Cup Winners still have a reputation to uphold, and they wont be playing loose rugby to start out with. Tight, hard, and physical, they'll pick up the scraps and then hopefully later in the game throw the ball around and show the precision finishing that they displayed against Wales last week.
It's a mouth watering confrontation for the neutral and Bok supporter alike. With such talented players on both sides, lets hope the game lives up to expectations.