Bolingey Barbarians – 25
Bude / Wadebridge / Launceston (BWL) – 20
The playing surface at Perranporth bore witness to the wettest February on record. Local pundits all agreed that the pitch had never looked in such a sorry state.
Remarkably conditions didn’t detract from what became a close fought encounter with both sides producing some great rugby and treating spectators to a total of nine tries.
Bolingey Barbarians took an early lead after sustained pressure saw winger Lee Goodson capitalise after good handling created an overlap which sent him over in the corner.
Bolingey continued to make ground through some strong forward play which paid dividends five minutes later. Lock Matt Gregg breaking away from a maul and racing over for their second.
Indeed it was another well worked Barbarian try finished by opposite wing Rob Grose which extended the lead without reply.
This was by no means a one sided affair and possession was equally shared in some fine midfield battles, it was a timely response by BWL, after several phases ruck ball gave momentum which resulted in a forward drive going over to open their account.
After the restart and gathering the loose ball, good field position was gained with a well placed cross kick the ball was fed to Bolingey’s Colin Cooper who jinked over for their fourth try.
BWL salvaged their half and were well rewarded after another strong forward surge earned them a second and last score before the break to keep them in contention.
In the second half BWL managed to make better use of the conditions and the match took on greater intensity as they retained the ball more effectively to unlock the Bolingey defence. In what started to turn into a classic game of two halves it was BWL who scored not once but twice through forward dominance and the game was drawn at four tries apiece to set up a nail biting finish.
Through some squally conditions and with the players becoming harder to tell apart the BWL tries were awarded to industrious forwards, Gav West 2, Phil Kent and Dave Risdon.
It could have gone either way but Bolingey found something special to finish with Dave Swiggs powering over to give the Barbarians the win in the final stages of a most entertaining game.
As always the match was played in true Barbarian Rugby fashion. The most important ‘third half’ back at the Bolingey Inn was a great success. £604.20 was raised on the day, supporting children’s charities in Cornwall.