Gloucester 14 Barbarians 62

A star-studded Barbarians side lit up Kingsholm with a performance full of attacking accuracy to score 10 tries against Gloucester.

Michael Cheika’s side warmed up for their date with Argentina at Twickenham by making light of the storm-force conditions in the Westcountry.

There was a brace of tries from Wallabies wing Joe Tomane with the rest shared by Fiji’s Nemani Nadolo, All Blacks Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ryan Crotty and Waisake Naholo, South Africa’s Lood de Jager and Pat Lambie, and uncapped New Zealander Ardie Savea.

Gloucester stayed in touch with a Dan Thomas burst from 20 metres, their scrummaging resulted in a sinbinning for New Zealand prop Jamie Mackintosh and they forced a penalty try in the closing moments.

There was a big gulf in the experience of these sides, with the Barbarians scratch outfit totalling 573 international caps between them against a young home side with a mix of youngsters plus a few old heads like veteran prop Nick Wood.

Gloucester were tenacious throughout, though, particularly at the set pieces, but the cutting edge in the Barbarians stellar back line – with South Africa’s Lambie pulling the strings and Milner-Skudder, Tomane, Nadolo and Co running riot – was irresistible.

When Cheika unloaded his bench in the second half – bringing on the likes of New Zealand’s Naholo, Australia captain Stephen Moore and South Africa legend Bakkies Botha – you get an idea of the riches at his disposal.

Fiji wing Nadolo opened the scoring by barging over on the left before Gloucester were briefly in front when Thomas stole the ball to score and saw his effort converted by Lloyd Evans.

Milner-Skudder – the opening try-scorer in the World Cup final – breezed over for the second and Tomane scored twice in quick succession before Gloucester’s best spell saw them win a string of scrum penalties with Mackintosh ordered off by referee Dean Richards as a result.

However, the Barbarians scored again before the break through Crotty to open up a 31-7 lead with Lambie converting two of the five first half scores into the howling wind.

Gloucester lost No.8 Lewis Ludlow to the sin bin early in the second half, the cue for four more Barbarians tries in an 18-minute spell from De Jager, Savea, and replacements Naholo and Kerr-Barlow.

The Cherry and Whites rallied once more – setting up the position for a drive to the line and awarded a penalty try five minutes from time when their driving maul was pulled down.

But the Barbarians had the last word when Tomane broke out once more and Lambie followed up to touch down their final try with flanker Savea supplying the conversion.

Barbarians: Nehe Milner Skudder (Hurricanes & New Zealand); Joe Tomane (Brumbies & Australia), Francois Venter (Cheetahs), Ryan Crotty (Crusaders & New Zealand, vice captain), Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders & Fiji); Pat Lambie (Sharks & South Africa), Cobus Reinach (Sharks & South Africa); Jamie Mackintosh (Chiefs & New Zealand), James Hanson (Rebels & Australia), Toby Smith (Melbourne Rebels & Australia), Victor Matfield (Northampton Saints & South Africa, captain), Lood de Jager (Cheetahs & South Africa), Stephen Hoiles (Waratahs & Australia), Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), Jarrad Butler (Brumbies).
Replacements: Stephen Moore (Brumbies & Australia) for Hanson 52, Thomas du Toit (Sharks) for Butler 35-45, for Mackintosh 57, Charlie Faumuina (Blues & New Zealand) for Smith 52, Bakkies Botha (South Africa) for Matfield 52, Scott Fardy (Brumbies & Australia) for Hoiles 52, Tawera Kerr Barlow (Chiefs & New Zealand) for Reinach 52, Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders & New Zealand) for Milner Skudder 52, Waisake Naholo (Highlanders & New Zealand) for Nadolo 52, Hoiles for de Jager 74, Nadolo for Crotty 74.
Scorers: Tries: Tomane 2, Nadolo, Kerr Barlow, Milner-Skudder, Crotty, Naholo, de Jager,  Lambie, Savea. Conversions: Lambie 4, Sopoaga, Savea.
Yellow card: Mackintosh
Gloucester: Mat Protheroe; Harry Robinson (Jack Evans 52), Ollie Thorley, Tim Molenaar, Steph Reynolds;  Lloyd Evans, Ben Vellacott (Harry Randall 57); Nick Wood (captain; Dan Murphy 52), Darren Dawidiuk (Henry Walker 74), Nicky Thomas, Joe Latta (Will Safe 57), Tom Hicks (Joe Latta 71), Elliott Stooke, Dan Thomas, Lewis Ludlow (Alex Craig 71).
Scorers: Tries: D Thomas, Penalty try. Conversions: Evans 2
Yellow card: Molenaar.
Referee: Dean Richards (RFU).