Pivac begins tenure with victory over predecessor Gatland as Wales overpower Barbarians 43-33

Pivac begins tenure with victory over predecessor Gatland as Wales overpower Barbarians 43-33

By Dhanjay Deo
Sunday 01/12/2019
Ken Owens scored two tries for Wales while fellow hooker Rory Best led Barbarians in his final game [Photo:BBC]

New Wales rugby coach Wayne Pivac began his tenure with victory over predecessor Warren Gatland as Wales overpowered the Barbarians 43-33 in an 11-try encounter in Cardiff.

Try doubles from wing Josh Adams and hooker Ken Owens were complemented by a score from Scarlets wing Johnny McNicholl, making his first Wales start in this uncapped fixture.

Replacement scrum-half Gareth Davies also crossed, while full-back Leigh Halfpenny kicked 13 points.

It was the end of one era and the start of another in Welsh rugby, as Pivac took charge of his first game and fellow New Zealander Gatland bade farewell to the Cardiff crowd after his 12-year stint.


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