BaaBaas thrash Czech Republic in Prague
MATCH REPORT: The Barbarians ran in 11 tries to cruise to a 71-0 victory as they entertained fans in Eastern Europe in the biggest game in the Czech Republic’s rugby history.
The famous invitation club came to celebrate the host union’s 90th anniversary at the Marketa Stadium in Prague, the first game televised by state TV in the country.
Broadcast highlights included elusive running that brought two tries apiece for the Budvar man of the match Melani Nanai, centre Matt Faddes, flyhalf Richard Mo’unga and Albertus 'Kwagga' Smith.
The other scores came from Toby Smith, Sam Carter and Schalk van der Merwe. Robert du Preez added six conversions and Mo’unga two.
Visiting Prague was about more than the game, with the Barbarians holding an outreach session for local children and head coach Robbie Deans engaging with local coaches throughout the three-day trip.
The Czech Republic have a handful of players involved professionally in France and they drove around the ruck and attacked from set-pieces in the opening quarter.
So Kwagga Smith’s try following scrumhalf Nik Stirzaker’s break, Mo’unga converting, was all the Barbarians had to show for the first 24 minutes of hard work.
Then they found some fluency in the remainder of the first half with four tries in the space of 15 minutes. Toby Smith barged over after Stirzaker’s inside ball, Faddes cruised through some static defenders from long range before Sam Carter added another close-range effort.
Nanai’s was the pick of the bunch - a 60 metre gliding run followed by a killer sidestep to the line - and conversions from Mo’unga and du Preez made it 31-0 at the interval.
Kwagga Smith, Mo’unga and Faddes all struck early in the second half before the Czechs enjoyed their best spell of the game, reorganising their defence and driving for the line with second rows Miroslav Nemecek and Robert Voves their mainstays.
They were punished, though, when Mo’unga chipped ahead, regathered and dodged over 12 minutes from time and Montpellier prop Schalk van der Merwe was up in support to receive wing Luke Morahan’s assist to score the 10th try.
Nanai squeezed over in the corner for for No.11 before the Barbarians and their opponents paraded around the stadium in front of 7,000 supporters.
For Czech Republic: None
Tries: A Smith 2, Faddes 2, Mo’unga 2, Nanai 2, T Smith, Carter, S van der Merwe
Cons: Du Preez 6, Mo’unga 2
Czech Republic: 15 Michal Schlanger, 14 Jakub Žalud, 13 Jan Rohlík, 12 Jirí Pantucek, 11 Karel Berounský, 10 Václav Jursík, 9 mark Šimák, 8 Vojtech Havel, 7 Vojtech Mára, 6 Vojtech Hruška, 5 Robert Voves, 4 Miroslav Nemecek, 3 Martin Havlícek, 2 Ondrej Kutil, 1 Lukáš Rapant.
Barbarians: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Matt Faddes, 12 Robert du Preez, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Richard Mo'unga, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Sam Carter, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Dan Tuohy (captain), 3 Toby Smith, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Reggie Goodes, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Jordan Taufua, 23 Melani Nanai.