Ireland beaten by Barbarians

PA Sport - Fri, 04 Jun 22:45:00 2010

A much-changed Ireland team produced an improved second-half display but it was not enough to deny the Barbarians a three-try 29-23 win at Thomond Park.

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Efforts from Barbarians captain Xavier Rush (pictured touching down), his back-row colleague George Smith and winger Cedric Heymans helped the visitors collect the MasterCard trophy, with Brock James and the retiring Jean-Baptiste Elissalde kicking the rest of their points.

Former Ireland lock Malcolm O'Kelly also bowed out on a high, playing his final professional game at the home of his long-time provincial rivals Munster, who provided Alan Quinlan and Paul Warwick to the Baa Baas side.

Ireland, who trailed 21-3 at one stage, fought back either side of half-time with tries from home favourites Niall Ronan and Tony Buckley, and captain Ronan O'Gara's right boot closed the gap to six points.

But a final-quarter push produced no reward for the men in green as Philippe Saint-Andre's collection of world stars hung on to take a notable win.

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