RUGBY ACTION: Pythons secured a win over the Barbarians to end the year. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
RUGBY ACTION: Pythons secured a win over the Barbarians to end the year. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Pythons put squeeze on Barbarians in huge win

PYTHONS have ended the first half of their season as a club on a high with a 50-0 win over Barbarians in the Spring Cup on Friday night

With just 13 players on the park for the majority of the match the Barbarians couldn't hold out a Pythons team with a full roster.

The Pythons ran in eight tries, including a hat-trick to Matt Ross, as they kept an opponent scoreless for the fourth time this year.

For the Barbarians it was their third successive match without scoring and they have now gone more than 240 minutes without scoring.

Coach Matt Leighton, who was forced to play due to the low numbers, said the score line didn't reflect how his team played.

"I can't fault the team and I'm really proud of their effort," he said.

"We were always short during the match but our team defended well and had almost a half where they didn't score."

He added they missed players through injury.

"We had one player out with illness, and another injured his hand at work, which wasn't ideal," he said.

Leighton said the team will work hard over the next three weeks to try and bounce back.

"We'll train this week and a couple of days in the following weeks," he said.

"We have a bye as well on January 8 so it will give us added time to prepare for the final few weeks."

Pythons coach Victor Nio paid credit to his team's backline.

"The backs played really well," he said.

"Ross in particular starred with a hat-trick and he deserved man of the match honours."

Not wanting to be complacent the Pythons will continue to train in the off-break.

"I was going to give the team a week off but they wanted to train next week," Nio said.

"We know we can mix it with the best teams and we can't wait until 2016."



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