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Barbarians outflank Army in 7-try win

Wings Elen Evans (Carnaerfon) and Sydney Gregson (Bristol) led the way as the Barbarians outflanked the Army to score seven tries at Aldershot.

(Report: Barbarian RFC) The Wales and England fliers both touched down twice in the first half with the other tries coming from Saracens hooker Kat Evans, USA and Harlequins full back Jess Wooden and Wasps and Germany lock Nora Baltruweit. Ireland’s Nora Stapleton landed one conversion.

The Barbarians made light of the freezing conditions and snow flurries with a fluent first-half display, attacking from everywhere against an Army side that pinned them back for several spells.

They had a stand-out performer in centre Kayla McAlister with the likes of Spain flanker Isabel Rico Vazquez and captain Rachel Taylor not far behind.

Saracens hooker Kat Evans opened the scoring from close range, cutting back in following a scrum turnover, before McAlister created the openings for Elen Evans’s 50metre run to the line and Sydney Gregson’s dash down the right.

The Baa-baas kept the ball alive through a mixture of cross-kicks and offloads before Stapleton put Gregson in for her second in the 20th minute.

There were two more before the break with Wooden touching down on the right and Elen Evans grabbing her second.

It looked like the Barbarians would cut loose after the interval, particularly when Baltruweit powered over from close range in the 45th minute.

But the Army dug in after that, their replacements all made an impact going into the final quarter and the Barbarians had Gillian Bourke sin-binned 10 minutes from time.

Army: Gnr Jess McAuley, LCpl Toni Lloyd, Cpl Jade Mullen, Cpl Maz Claassens, Capt Gemma Pearson; Cpl Lou Dodd, Cpl Bev Gilbert; Lt Fran Athawes, LCpl Rebecca Husk, Sgt Nat Lewis, L Cpl Ellie Gattlin (captain), LCpl Chelsey Snead, OCdt Sally Stott, LCpl Heidi Silcox, Capt Jade Binskin-Barnes.

Replacements: Pte Angie Carr, 2Lt Vicky Carbutt, Cpl Kerry McCormick, Sgt Laura Latimer, Capt Alex Hardy, 2Lt Charlotte Broome, Pte Charlie Morgan, LCpl Ellen Wood, Sgt Nancy Kuva.
Barbarians: Jessica Wooden (Harlequins & USA); Sydney Gregson (Bristol & England), Kayla McAlister (Galwegians), Georgina Roberts (DMP Sharks & England), Elen Evans (Caernarfon & Wales); Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere & Ireland), Tina Veale (Wasps & England); Claire Cripps (Wasps & England), Katharine Evans (Saracens), Catrin Edwards (Llandaff North & Wales), Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere & Ireland), Nora Baltruweit (Wasps & Germany), Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere & Ireland), Isabel Rico Vazquez (Olimpico de Pozuelo & Spain), Rachel Taylor (Caernarfon & Wales, captain).

Replacements: Tracey Balmer (Worcester & Scotland), Rosemarie Jermine (Lichfield & England), Amy Garnett (Saracens & England), Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians & Ireland), Sian Moore (Worcester & Wales), Vicki Jackson (Wasps & England), Abigail Chamberlain (Richmond & England).