LOUISIANA: THE Queensland Outback Barbarians have lost 34-17 in a hard fought match against New Orleans.
Despite a 10-all half time score, the Barbarians were made to pay by the host team five tries to three.
Penalties went 16-6 against the tourists in an interesting refereeing display.
The Barbarians suffered plenty of handling errors as the well oiled Division 1 New Orleans team delivered on the form which recently won it the local premiership.
New Orleans is one of eight teams in the running to win the national US title.
The Outback Barbarians will be much better for the run and now face the Atlanta All Whites on April 25.
The team will play in its special Anzac Day inspired jersey. The Last Post will be played by a bugler with the team forming a guard of honour immediately prior to the game.
Outback Barbarians coach Mick Smith said he was extremely pleased with the determination shown by the team.
Stand-out players for the Outback Barbarians included No. 8 Malaki Faoagali-Latu, half Matt Langmack and centre Ryan Furnell.
In the tradition of Barbarians style rugby, all of the 36 players spent time on the field.
The Outback Barbarians are now zero for two after losing 13-7 to New Orleans in 2012.