Barbarians storm Crusaders’ stronghold

A strong performance from Whitley Bay Barbarians U12s saw off spirited resistance from Catterick Crusaders in a pre-season friendly in North Yorkshire.

A game of three 15-minute periods in benign conditions provided encouraging signs for the season ahead.

A close-to full size pitch and a few rule changes presented no difficulties to the Ba-bas, who established a two-try lead with their first forays up the field.

From the off Crusaders struggled to contain the Barbarians’ strong, penetrative running. And the defence proved equally adept, forcing the hosts to kick as pressure on the ball caused errors and turnovers.

The second period saw a fantastic team try. Good running from the halfway line and passing proved the team ethic and skill levels.

At 5-2 up but never coasting, a lack of concentration and some over-elaboration on the ball by the Barbarians saw a resilient Crusaders seize an initiative.

A 7-3 final try count, plus some fine conversions, did not flatter the visitors.

The game’s officials were praised for encouraging both teams and explaining their decisions clearly.