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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Barbarians Brilliance - Phil Davies try from 1990

With a lot of focus on the under performing Barbarians side in the last two weeks, I thought it would be a good time to pull out a classic Baa Baa's moment from yesteryear.

This try, finished off nicely by big Welsh number eight Phil Davies in the end, is a fine example of what Barbarians rugby is and should always be about.

The try is a classic, there's no doubt about it, but stands out for two main reasons, namely the inter passing by a group of players from different parts of the rugby world, and that David Campese no look pass.

Campo had a habit of trying the impossible on the field. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. But when you're good you're good, and the Wallaby winger made a habit of making a mockery of defences, more often than not.

The whole try though screams pure class, by all involved. Started by Australian captain Nick Farr-Jones with a quick tap outside his 22, Kiwi prop Richard Loe caries it on before popping to the flying New Zealand Sevens star Eric Rush.

Rush then takes it some way further before ever present Neil Back, with a full head of hair, appears in support as the link man who then gets it to Joe Stanley. Stanley to Campese, Campese flick pass inside to that man Back again, Back to Farr-Jones, who looks like he could make it but doesn't, so he turns in the tackle and finds eighth man Davies who's run a great line in support to be on hand to dot down for a truly magnificent try.

Without a doubt one of the best team tries in our archive, and an excellent example of Barbarians rugby at it's finest.



  • great try. good to see neil back in his younger years, he was an amazing player.

    By Anonymous TotalRugby, at June 04, 2008 7:12 pm  

  • Neil Back looks like Bam-Bam from "The Flintstones"

    Amazing to see two such mobile flankers out on the pitch together...

    By Blogger Cheyanquí, at June 04, 2008 7:15 pm  

  • brilliance.

    By Anonymous David, at June 04, 2008 7:59 pm  

  • nice try.

    Shame Phil Davies got sacked from Scarlets

    By Anonymous Huw, at June 04, 2008 8:02 pm  

  • pretty sick try, classic campy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 04, 2008 10:13 pm  

  • What a brilliant try! It is tries like these that reaffirm my support for rugby as the greatest game on earth.

    By Anonymous sambobly, at June 04, 2008 11:15 pm  

  • brillaint try loved it!thtz what the baa baas stand for amazing running rugby. its a shame we dint quite c that in the england or ireland games.

    Lol @ Cheyanquí agree he does look lyk Bam Bam

    By Anonymous yousef1490, at June 05, 2008 12:05 am  

  • Grreat try...should've ended the clip before the scoreline came up!!

    By Anonymous Brennie, at June 05, 2008 12:15 am  

  • Love Campo! even though he took down the all blacks a few times, audacious sick player! great try! that's what the baa baa's is about it! run it! run it! run it!

    By Blogger G-unit, at June 05, 2008 1:08 am  

  • Thats why we love this game! any 1 can score a goal from 30 yards out but they couldnt put that brilliance together, neil backs about 4yr old aint he?????????????????

    By Anonymous DAN, at June 05, 2008 1:56 am  

  • that try was like sex on silk sheets. good and smooth. the over the head pass by campo was awesome

    By Blogger Ryan, at June 05, 2008 2:22 am  

  • Now that was a great try. Love to see this back in rugby

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 05, 2008 2:35 am  

  • Ye dissapointing that the Baabaas didnt go out last week and even try and play like that. Knew it was going to be a dull affair when Regan was interviewed before the game and acknowledged that they would play defensively.

    By Blogger Fun-bus, at June 05, 2008 2:52 pm  

  • never mind campo's over the head, neil backs catch and pass straight after it is superb.

    remember watching this game on TV, brilliant stuff.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at June 05, 2008 6:29 pm  

  • Sex on Silk? Really? LMAO

    Love the try.

    By Blogger Don, at June 05, 2008 7:21 pm  

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