Gloucester Rugby’s Ruan Ackermann given run out for Barbarians in defeat to All Blacks

Gloucester Rugby flanker Ruan Ackermann featured for the Barbarians during their 31-22 defeat to New Zealand in the Killik Cup match at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.

Steve Hansen provided Twickenham with a chilling insight into the future strength of the All Blacks after coming from behind to dispatch the Barbarians, with the game commemorating the 125th anniversary of New Zealand Rugby Union.

After trailing 17-5 to the invitational club coached by Robbie Deans, the Barbarians raced out of the blocks in the early stages but the All Blacks ran in four unanswered tries in a rampant second-half performance.

Ackerman featured for 27 minutes during the second half of the game after replacing try-scorer Sam Carter in the 53rd minute.

The 21-year-old wore his Cherry and Whites socks and proved to be a physical burden for the All Blacks making several breaks and causing havoc to an altered and unfamiliar New Zealand side.

The South African-born back row forward could return to Cherry and Whites duty this weekend as Gloucester host London Irish in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Saturday.

Awesome experience ⚫️⚪️ Making memories and playing with legends of the game. Truly greatful?? @barbarians_fc

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Game Recap

  • Richie Mo’unga, George Bridge and Carter all crossed in the first-half for the famous ‘Baa Baas’ and although TJ Perenara and Vaea Fifitato replied for the visitors, New Zealand trailed 17-10 at half-time.
  • Three tries in seven minutes from Ngani Laumape, Sam Cane and Nathan Harris put Steve Hansen’s side in the ascendancy seat with a 31-17 lead.
  • The invitational side scored the game’s ninth and final try of the game through Bridge in a phenomenal and Barbarians-esc fashion.
  • It was the only the 11th meeting between the two sides since their first match in 1954,  the All Blacks have now won eight of them.

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