Prior to the tournament, the players were involved in 16 weeks of training in the after-school club on Wednesdays. 3 of the boys play rugby for RCSitges, but the remaining 6 had no experience of competitive rugby other than ‘touch’ rugby in the Y10 Inter-House competition. One could be forgiven for assuming that BSB were simply there to make up the numbers at the tournament, but under the leadership and guidance of coaches Mr Cross and Mr Ball, the players were quietly confident of their own ability.
So to the 1st day of the tournament, and BSB met the giants of The British School in The Netherlands (BSN) and the 30+ squad size of the host school; St. Julian’s School. This did nothing to effect the newly formed BSB ‘Barbarians’; and with the 9 players rotating for each game, they finished the first day’s play with 3 wins and one loss, which meant they were seeded 2nd for the finals.
The first day had taken it’s toll on the boys and they were tired, but this didn’t appear a factor in their first game; with a huge defence they fought off wave after wave of BSN ‘Black’ attacks in the 1st half of the ‘2nd vs game to then score 3 tries in the 2nd half. This, however, meant they faced the top seed in the next game, St. Julians ‘A’. The brave BSB Barbarians fought on, taking the game to the hosts top side, and even with a final assault on the hosts’ try-line resulting in 3 consecutive penalties the refereed determined time up (instead of playing to a finish), leaving the final score 12-12. At this point the competition took a strange turn which did not go in the favour of our boys.
The double elimination game was to be played between BSB and BSN. Only the depth of a 26 player squad stood in the way of our boys and a rematch with St. Julians ‘A’. This proved one game too far, and the fatigue and effort took its toll and the valiant BSB Barbarians were finally eliminated.
Finishing in 3rd place overall was supported by being named as the ‘best team’ and “best rugby played” from the other coaches and spectators over the 2 days. Some coaches were unable to believe that these players had never played as a team and that with 5 players having never played rugby before could produce such fantastic rugby. The boys deservedly return home as legends, as a new sporting era develops within BSB.”
Mr Cross and Mr Ball
BSB Rugby Club
The British School of Barcelona