from Troy Patterson
The Bruce County RFC (Rugby Football Club) Barbarians had a strong showing against the Toronto Saracens, but slipped after regulation by a score of 31-21.
Over 70 people gathered at the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) field in Port Elgin on Saturday, April 28, for the second of three exhibitions leading up the 2012 season.
The two Niagara Rugby Union (NRU) A and B Barbarians teams saw players from both sides face-off against the Toronto Rugby Union premier division opponent in a three-half match.
It's the Barbarians second year with two men's senior teams, with many veterans returning as well as new faces converging from Owen Sound in the north, to Port Elgin, Kincardine, Clinton, Wingham and Goderich to the south.
Although the Saracens scored first, the Barbarians fought back with tries by Jason Doble of Clinton, Bob Cureton of Port Elgin and Onome Igharoro of Toronto.
Doble converted all three tries to round off the Barbarians 21 points.
A hard-fought battle in the third exhibition half saw the Barbarians lose ground and concede the remaining tries to the Saracens for a 31-21 final score.
Both Bruce County RFC Barbarians teams will go head-to-head with the Mississauga Blues Rugby Club of the ORU this Saturday, May 5 at CAW Field in Port Elgin. Kick off is at 1 p.m.
This will be the final exhibition game before the Barbarians kick off the 2012 season.
New players are still welcome. For more information visit www.brucecountyrfc.ca