Barbarians struggle against Ghosts’ pack

GUYRA strengthened its claim on a spot in the finals and avenged its last meeting loss with a 21-point win over Barbarians on Saturday.

Albies centre Ed Richards is wrapped up by Robb winger Sam Platts. Photo:

Albies centre Ed Richards is wrapped up by Robb winger Sam Platts. Photo:

The Ghosts powered their way to a 31-10 win to push a win clear of the Baa Baas.

Robb continued their domination of student rivals St Alberts in the other game, thrashing them 46-12.

They set the win up in the first half, piling on 29 unanswered points.

It was a huge turnaround after being flogged by 50 by Armidale last week.

Over at Alzatraz, “everything came together” for the Ghosts, coach Don Carruthers said.

“They played pretty good football,” Carruthers said.

It was a bit of a hard game to get into.

There were a lot of stoppages, which made it hard to really build any momentum.

That said they got a lot of momentum from their scrum, which was “very powerful” and set a strong platform. The penalties didn’t favour them and they were still guilty of silly infringements, a couple of which led to cards, but when they had their opportunities they took them.

They built up their lead on the back of penalties with Beau Orchard knocking over four in the first half to lead 12-3 at the break.

They then scored within the first couple of minutes of the second half to extend their lead.

Barbarians answered with a charge-down try, but it was all the Ghosts on the scoreboard from there.

“We had all the territory,” Carruthers said.

Even when Baa Baas scored that try they had had all the play and were playing over the top of them. 

Their defence was another strong aspect. The only time the Baa Baas broke their line, Carruthers said, was that charge down.

Orchard finished with a tally of 16 points and got the three points. Rob Ivey picked up the two with Vernon Horne and Ray Ika sharing the one.


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