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Sensational start for Baa-baas women in first win over Wales

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A THUMPING first-half in which they scored five tries gave the Barbarians' Women a 29-15 victory in their first ever meeting with their Welsh counterparts.

Head coach Jo Yapp was suitably impressed by her team and by the whole experience of the women's game being integrated into the famous club.

“I think the energy that the girls had all week meant they could not wait to get out there today,” said Yapp.

“We have been integrated with the men and to be part of the bigger club — it is really special.

“To be sat at a table with the likes of Warren Gatland, that is also special.”

The Barbarians set the tone for the match with a surging start via two tries in as many minutes. Number eight Charmaine McMenamin finished off pressure in the Welsh 22 by rumbling over under the posts.

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Dyddgu Hywel raced 60 metres to score against Wales

The win Dyddgu Hywel, playing against her own home nation, scored a sizzling touchdown as the Baabaas ran the ball from their 22. Hywel raced sixty metres, dodging two would-be tacklers, to go over in the left corner.

Full-back Tess Gard'ner converted McMenamin's effort and was nearly called to add further extras when flanker Anna Caplice went over only for Wales to hold the ball up as she looked to score.

Minutes later, though, Scotland's Lauren Harris was put away by New Zealand fly-half Ruahwei Demant with a looping pass in the right corner.

Irish centre Jenny Murphy made it four also with a right-hand corner try, before Caplice got her reward.

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Got there! Teammates race to celebrate with Dyddgu Hywel

Another Gard'ner conversion gave the Barbarians a 29-0 lead at the break.

Wales fought back with a corner try from Lisa Neumann but it there was never going to be a comeback from the home side.

The Barbarians put the squeeze on further but scrum-half Keira Bevan and a super run by Alex Callender gave Wales more tries.

But it was the impressive Barbarians who took the honours thanks to that opening period.

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Beth Stafford fends off Wales's Paige Randall at the Principality Stadium

Wales: Lauren Smyth, Paige Randall, Megan Webb, Kerin Lake, Lisa Neumann, Elinor Snowsill, Keira Bevan, Gwenllian Prys, Kelsey Jones, Cerys Hale, Natalia John, Gwen Crabb, Robyn Lock, Bethan Lewis, Siwan Lillicrap (capt).

Replacements: Molly Kelly, Gwenllian Jenkins, Amy Evans, Abbie Fleming, Alex Callender, Ffion Lewis, Robyn Wilkins, Kayleigh Powell

Scorers: Tries: Neumann, Bevan, Callender.

Barbarians: Tess Gard'ner, Lauren Harris, Ariana Hira-Herangi, Jenny Murphy, Dyddgu Hywel, Ruahei Demant, Brianna Miller, Steph Te Ohaere-Fox (capt), Clara Nielson, Silvia Turani, Eloise Blackwell, Rebecca Clough, Paula Fitzpatrick, Anna Caplice, Charmain McMenamin

Replacements: Sasha Acheson, Saki Minami, Seina Saito, Beth Stafford, Alycia Washington, Ashlee Byrge, Sene Naoupu, Annabel Sergeant.

Scorers: Tries: McMenamin, Hywel, Harris, Murphy, Caplice. Cons: Gard'ner (2)

Referee: Hollie Davidson (Scotland). Attendance: 12,643.