5 Jun 2011

Barbarians snatch late win over Wales

7:24 am on 5 June 2011

The Barbarians rugby side have backed up last weekend's win over England with a come-from-behind 31-28 win over Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

A late try at Twickenham last weekend had given the Barbarians the unlikely victory over the English, and the invitation side followed with another heart-stopping effort against Warren Gatland's men.

With four months until the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, the Welsh were put through their paces and looked to have secured a hard-fought victory.

But the Barbarians stormed back with two late tries to deny Wales the perfect start to their build-up.

Gatland's men had trailed 19-14 at the interval despite taking the early lead thanks to George North.

The Baa-Baas hit back with tries from Iosefa Tekori and Isa Nacewa before Morgan Stoddart intercepted to score, but the famous invitational club hit-back through Sergio Parisse.

Wales struck with two close-range second-half touch-downs through Mike Phillips and Aled Brew, but Mathieu Bastareaud and Isa Nacewa pounced for tries to secure a second win in as many weeks.