PBC Barbarians saw off a determined comeback from the Macmillan Marauders to secure a well-earned victory in the Daventry RFC Charity match.
The Barbarians a select XV compromising off past players, current players and players from local clubs started better.
They played with a pace and intensity which the Marauders who were the Daventry first team struggled to deal with.
Shaun Brady was dynamic in the loose, Lee Collett imperious in the centre and Dave Brown instrumental at fly-half.
The Barbarians patience was rewarded with tries for both Brady brothers converted by Jake O’Keefe.
Collett was also on hand to touch down for the pick of the first-half tries making the half-time score 19-0.
As the BaaBaas began to tire, the Marauders started to fight their way into the game by dominating possession and territory forcing the Barbarians to defend with Mark Hyde and O’Keefe to the fore.
The Marauders were rewarded with tries from Ethan Roberts and Jordan Hammond. Both took their tries with aplomb, exploiting the tiredness of the Barbarians who made a host of changes in the second-half.
The Barbarians made sure the result was put to bed when they scored the pick of their tries after Sean Markus picked a divine line of the inside of Paul Hockham before offloading to the on-rushing Overton to touch down.
A wonderful solo effort from the Marauders substitute Dan Killeen was a fitting end to a fantastic game which saw both sides put everything in for two very worthy causes.
Following Saturday’s charity match held at Daventry Rugby club in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief and the PBC Foundation, Daventry RFC confirmed a total of £1452.00 was raised. Monies will be split 50/50 with £726.00 for Macmillan and £726.00 for the PBC Foundation.
The East Midlands Junior Cup in the morning was a huge success with the appearance of England and Northampton Saints star Courtney Lawes to present the trophies the icing on the cake.
Bedfordshire won the tournament edging past East Northants in the final game.