Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Baa Baas Battered as Flowing Play Flourishes; Round-Up of All the Latest Action From

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Baa Baas Battered as Flowing Play Flourishes; Round-Up of All the Latest Action From

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Byline: By PETER GRIFFITHS

THERE was a carnival atmosphere when the Teesside Barbarians took on Billingham at Greenwood Road.

The Baa Baas were in town for their annual end of the season exhibition match - this time against Chris Hyndman's players who are all now gagging for a taste of North Two East action.

The Barbarians match is fast becoming a 'must be there' experience for local rugby men.

It's seen as a local honour and selection is closely watched and talked about within local clubs.

This year it was all about the Jack Smith Trust Fund. Jack is the Billingham youngster who was injured in a match earlier in the season and who spent a long period in the spinal unit at the James Cook University Hospital.

Jack was there on the day to enjoy the proceedings and his spirits have been lifted greatly by the massive family that is Billingham Rugby Club.

On the pitch there was no kicking allowed and the emphasis was on free flowing creative rugby and both teams stuck to that and gave it their all. …

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