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Barbarians win first ever outing

The Barbarians made a successful start to life with a women's side with a 19-0 over Munster at Thomond Park.

A first-half penalty try and then second half tries from Ireland international Ailis Egan and England's Georgina Robert's secured the Barbarians' victory in Limerick - the final try showcasing true Barbarians style with a great flourish in the lead up. 

Ironically the opening score was a 27th-minute penalty try with the Barbarians pack putting Munster under huge pressure in the shadow of the posts. It was 7-0 at the turnaround, with the hosts holding well but coach Laura Guest swapped all 15 players at the break and the visitors looked much more settled in the second period, despite the awful conditions. 

Irish star Egan dotted down in 64th minute and five minutes later the brilliance of  Nora Stapleton and Christelle LeDuff led to the Barbarians' third try which saw Georgina Roberts finish brilliantly. 

Further women's matches against club, provincial and international sides are being planned with a full fixtures scheduled to be announced later this year.

 

BARBARIANS - Shiels (G Roberts 40); T Derk, V Jackson (A Thornborough 40), M Goddard, E Evans (N Stapleton 48); C LeDuff, E Jensen (T Rosser 54); F Coghlan (T Balmer 54), A Garnett (A Egan 40), C Cripps (A Garnett 67); M Riley (B Essex 48), L Corson; S Brown (E McMahon 48), R Taylor, K Russell.

MUNSTER - (first-half): L O'Mahony; D Nic a Bhaird, A Staunton, C Arthurs, S Pua; V Power, N Cronin; F Hayes, E Murphy, G Bourke; N O'Connor, C Pearse; D O'Mahony, S Fleming, A Caplice. (Second-half): L McNamara; L Sheehan, N Kavanagh, R Allen, T Collopy; E Murphy, H McDermott; L Lyons, Z Grattage, F Reidy; E Foley, R Ormond; C O'Halloran, S McCarthy, C Griffin.