Rugby Union: Jefferson strikes twice: Barbarians swept aside

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THE Barbarians were undone by a substitute for the second time in four days as they suffered a 35-18 defeat by the French Barbarians in Paris on Tuesday night.

Willie Jefferson, who replaced Patrice Lagisquet, scored two tries as the French staged a six-try spree in the match to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Paris. He produced devastating finishes in the 29th and 32nd minutes to put the French Barbarians 18-3 ahead.

The South African full-back Andre Joubert kept the Barbarians in the hunt when he raced down the left wing for two tries before half-time, adding one conversion.

The second half was a let down, with the visitors unable to threaten a serious comeback, and Joubert's penalty was his team's only score. After Jefferson was carried off, his replacement, Arturo Gomez, scored the French Barbarians' sixth try.

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