Ireland defeat to Barbarians made worse by injuries
May 29, 2000
The Barbarians shaded victory against Ireland by 31-30 with some champagne rugby in a bruising encounter to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Irish Rugby Football Union at Lansdowne Road here on Sunday.
They scored five brilliant tries to Ireland's four, two of them in the last
But injuries in the game could cost Ireland dear for their forthcoming tour
Centre Brian O'Driscoll is definitely out with a hamstring injury - and
O'Driscoll, Dempsey and Davidson were all taken off on stretchers in a
Guy Easterby and Justin Bishop answered tries from James Dalton and Kenny
But the injuries soon took their toll on Ireland, who ended up playing
Ireland maintained that 10-point lead until the 65th minute when Terblanche
Humphries had a chance to give Ireland victory with an injury-time penalty
Gatland admitted the casualty list is bad news for his team.He said: "It's the worst possible preparation for a tour with all these injuries. But the team showed great character despite all the substitutions - and we even had a chance to win the game in the end.
"Dempsey says he may have been taken out by Pieter Muller, and we will have
The Barbarians next match is against Scotland at Murrayfield on Wednesday.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt won the tactical battle and set his team on course for a shot at the Grand Slam. Tom Hamilton reports from Dublin
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