Barbarians 5s A Team 2008-11-13

Published on November 13, 2008

In Week 5 we were down to sixth place and faced the top two teams in division, Azzurri and Afrika Reds. In the Azzurri match we scored first and went into halftime tied at 1-1, then pulled away in the second half and held on for the 4-2 victory. In our rematch against Afrika Reds, we played much better than in our previous meeting but simply couldn't keep up with their fast pace. Final score was 6-2, with most of the damage again coming in the second half as we simply wore out.

After a tough two weeks we find ourselves at the top of the bottom half of the division, a good 11 points behind fourth-place Azzurri but just one point above sixth-place France. In our final four matches we will face all three teams below us in the table, so at least we control our own fate. Another bright point is our lineup, which has been getting stronger every week. In Week 4, Tony from the Barbarians 11s B Team side made his 5s debut, and this week Barbarian legend Dirk returned after a six-month absence. Let's go Barbars!

Week 5 Lineup: Andrey, Bujar, Dave, Jemal, Keith, Spiros, Dirk

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