Another couple of firsts for the The Hague Barbarians as they recorded their first win away from home against the Duuvelse Waasps at Nijmegen. The team put in a huge effort and really improved on the result of last weeks loss. The first 10 minutes saw them being put under pressure from the Waasps but the defence held firm. The forwards were very competitive in the scrums winning the ball against the head a couple of times, but The Waasps did score first. The Barbarians kept putting The Waasps under pressure and Jesper Verbeek scores just before half time and we kicked the conversion to level the scores at 7-7.
The second half started with a Waasps try and missed conversion, but The Barbarians took the lead with a very athletic dive by Jesper Verbeek over the line to score his second try of the game. Jesper converted his own try for the scores standing at 12-14.
10 mins from the end The Barbarians scored again from close quarters through a strong drive by Dinc Capar but missed a difficult conversion leaving the scores at 12-19. The Waasps didn’t stop trying though and scored another try a minute from the end of the game. The conversion was missed, and the Barbarians were able to keep The Waasps at bay until the final whistle.
It was a great team achievement for the boys: the scrums functioned well and the defence was solid. Still much to work on and improve for the rest of the season but this was a well deserved first win for the boys! Final score: Duuvelse Waasps 17 – The Hague Barbarians – 19.