THE Dyno Nobel Queensland Outback Barbarians had made a clean sweep of the 2018 US tour defeating the Little Rock Stormers in Arkansas 59-25.
In what proved the toughest game of the seven game tour, the tourists had to fight hard to secure the win against the Division One side.
Playing in their Star War’s Storm Trooper themed jerseys, the rampant Outback Barbarians ran in nine tries to Little Rock’s three.
The Stormers had much of the early running and took advantage of four quick penalities and initially led 3-0.
The Outback Barbarians hit back soon afterwards from a scrum. Hard running centre Sam Fairweather (Fraser Coast) crashed over near the posts.
The Stormers then booted home another penalty for a 6-7 scoreline.
The tourists regrouped with David West (Gladstone), Dudley Miles (Cairns), Adam Conway (Gladstone) all crossing the stripe for a 26-6 lead.
No.10 Andrew Kennedy (Burdekin) again showed his class sending the ball to David West, who scored under he posts. The Outback Barbarians went into the break 33-6.
The tourists came back out after the break looking to put more points on the board. Adam Conway didn’t disappoint. Adam Conway raced in for a second, with Colby Mason (Burdekin) scoring two.
Little Rock struck back after numerous penalities with a barge over try to drag the score back to 52-11.
Replacement halfback Damon Hesp (Burdekin) had a big impact on the game, racing around from behind the scrum to score under the posts.
For the last nine minutes the tourists were heavily penalised, which led to two tries to the Stormers.
Man of the match flanker Sam Schmidt (Newcastle) was a stand out at a ruck, pilfering plenty of ball and providing plenty of solid defense and hard running.
A number of Outback Barbarians players headed by coach Mike Bishop head to Cuba tomorrow to deliver a coaching clinic in Havana.
Queensland Outback Barbarians 59 (Colby Mason 2, Adam Conway 2, David West 2, Sam Fairweather, Dudley Miles and Damon Hesp tries) d Little Rock Stormers 25.