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Sunday, April 10, 2016

PRP: Denver Barbarians v San Francisco Golden Gate Rhinos

Barbarian lineout, inclose
Low 70s and breezily overcast at kickoff in the Kettle at Infinity and a clash between two longtime rivals in a competition that is always fiercely contested. Barbarians down a number of players due injury/other, but a smart and strapping XV on the field for the Men in Green this Rugby Day. The Rhinos, meanwhile, were backed by the dynamo called Tai Enosa at the pivot plus captain and rowdy rambler, Brendan Daly, locking down the scrum.

A San Francisco penalty assessed for not entering the breakdown appropriately followed by a well-drilled boot to touch by talismanic Denver tallyman, Maximo de Achaval, and the Barbarians had the lineout toss inside ten meters of the Rhinos goal. Ball won and spun swiftly by scrumhalf Tim Hanify and fast hands by de Achaval to inside center Kyle Hitt saw the Barbarians 12 plow through a pair of would-be stops to touch down for de Achaval's conversion, and it was 7-nil homeboys in the 5th minute.
de Achaval distributes


San Francisco got aboard via a  penalty well struck by standoff Enosa from 15 meters just outside the right stick and 7-3 for Barbos at minute number 8.

Effective crashing in the inside channel by Barbarians blindside flanker, John Godinet, was setting up a good mix of stuff in the second phase just now with de Achaval pulling the strings masterfully.

The Denver #10 got three more for mine host on a sticksplitter in the 10th minute and it was 10-3 Barbarians.

The ensuing re-start was bobbled forward by Denver and from a Rhinos wonscrum inside the Barbarians ten meter line, half dozen pick-and-goes and first channel crashes earned the Rhinos a penalty, the subsequent kick for touch by Enosa pinned Denver closeby their own goal. The lineout won and a bit of a rolling, infield maul until hooker, Neil Barrett, spun from that maul to slice through two defenders and ground for Enosa's added deuce and everyone in the park had 10 just then.

A Barbos looker over the top to space ran through and out of goal so it became an SFGG scrum on halfway. That won, a couple of bangers to breakdown and a Denver infringement. Kick for touch by Enosa and a visitors lineout inside 30 meters of goal. Lineout won and speedy service to the backs by Rhinos scrumhalf Kadin Te Nana  and breakdown five meters from goal; the scrum award to Rhinos. That won and spun for outside center Tevita Okusi's crash into space for a fast final ten meter sprint to try for Enosa's added two, and San Francisco had the 17-10 advantage closing in on the first twenty minutes of action.

Like two heavyweight fighters, each club was expressing and absorbing formidable effort, but no further scoring until San Francisco flyer, Travis Bensen, fought free to round the corner and streak to goal to touch down for Enosa's conversion and 24-10 for the travelers after 35 minutes. Mr. Enosa nailed one more penalty prior to referee Derek Summers' halftime signal; lads to lockers and 27-10 in favor San Francisco at break.

Barbarians unforced errors hurting their cause through the first forty, while Rhinos were keen for contact and arriving at the all-important breakdown in greater numbers during that interval.

Bit of fractivity by the XVs for a moment after re-start required a settling chat by Summers, then de Achaval struck a long range penalty and the significant figures became 27-13 for SFGG at 43'.

The Barbarians standoff got another sticksplitter to make the scoreline 27-16 at the 53rd minute.

San Francisco responded with a fast forty meter dash by inside center Tomasi Funaki through to space and tackle two meters from goal. Perfect following, fluid support from Bensen earned the wing the offload and the touch down; one couple more from Enosa in conversion and 34-16 to SFGG at minute 55.

Rhinos continued to point up with a try by their loosehead prop, Jacob Nelson, whose close support of ground-gaining inside center Mile Pulu had Nelson across for five converted-to-seven by Enosa and it was looking grim for the home team at 41-16 in the 66th minute.

Denver would score twice more on groundings by wing Jeremy Misailegalu at 71' and  forwards replacement Daniel Bell in the 76th minute for a record of 41-26 to San Francisco Golden Gate Rhinos at Summers' last blast.

Scoring
          
          Denver - Try: Hitt, Misailegalu, Bell; Con: de Achaval; Pen: de Achaval (3);
          San Francisco - Try: Barrett, Okusi, Bensen (2) Nelson; Con: Enosa (5); Pen: Enosa (2)

Match Officials: Derek Summers (Referee); Karen Fong-Donohue, Rey Hernandez (ARs)



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