Friday 24 November 2017

Barbarians pay tribute to Anthony Foley by forming figure eight before Tonga match

Barbarians RFC players lead by Willie Britz and Donncha O'Callaghan stand in the memory of Anthony Foley before the Representative Match between Barbarians RFC and Tonga at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Barbarians RFC players lead by Willie Britz and Donncha O'Callaghan stand in the memory of Anthony Foley before the Representative Match between Barbarians RFC and Tonga at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The Barbarians paid tribute to former Munster captain Anthony Foley by forming a figure eight before the Baa Baa's match with Tonga at Thomond Park on Friday.

Former Munster lock Donncha O'Callaghan stood at the front of the figure eight as the Barbarians players paid their respects to the former Ireland international who passed away last year from pulmonary oedema brought on by heart disease.

An early injury to O'Callaghan's former teammate James Cronin marred an entertaining game as both sides scored four tries as the Barbarians edged out Tonga.

The Munster loosehead limped off after ten minutes, but Taqele Naiyaravoro, Vince Aso, Jordi Murphy and Andy Ellis scored they key tries for Barbarians.

Replacement Sione Vailanu scored twice for Tonga, after earlier efforts from Ateli Pakalani and Fotu Lokotui but they couldn't do enough.

There was a moment's applause as the Barbarians stood in a figure of eight before kick-off, which was led by former Munster player Donncha O'Callaghan, in memory of Anthony Foley.

Tonga led after just two minutes when Pakalani scored, and they moved 14-0 ahead through a Lokotui score.

The Barbarians finally got into the game when Naiyaravoro romped home in the 19th minute, while Robert du Preez converted Aso's try in the 22nd minute, and then tagged on a penalty for a 15-14 half-time lead.

Tonga scored first in the second half, but Murphy and Ellis scored tries off rolling mauls, which saw the Baa-Baas to the win.

Barbarians - G Bridge; T Naiyaravoro (D Smith 65), R Buckman, H Vorster, V Aso; R du Preez, N Stirzaker (A Ellis 16); J Cronin (J van Rooyen 10), A van der Merwe (A Strauss 51), B Scott (R Smith 40); G Parling (D O'Callaghan 40), Q Roux (S Carter 45); J Murphy, S Favaro (J Muldoon 51), W Britz.

Tonga - A Pakalani; D Halaifonua, N Tuitavake, T Taufui (F Paea 14) (P Latu 51-60, 69), C Vuna; K Hala, S Takalua (S Tuumotooa 71); P Faanunu (L Talakai 45), S Lea (M Ngauamo 63), B Tameifuna (H Aulika 51); L Fifita (O Kaufisi 51), S Mafi; D Faleafa, F Lokotui, M Vaipulu (S Vailanu '51).

Ref - F Murphy (IRFU)

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