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Tom Tainton

Tom Tainton writes

Posted Monday, February 26th 2018

Bristol on brink of record-breaking winning run

Bristol Rugby are on the brink of another record-breaking milestone as the impressive 2017/18 campaign continues.

A victory on Sunday over Jersey Reds would see Pat Lam’s men chalk up their seventeenth Championship win in a row – a new club record in a league season.

Club statistician Neil Williams, who has been compiling records for Bristol Rugby for the past thirty-one seasons, said: “This has been a record breaking season for the club in a number of ways already.

“We’re averaging more points per game and averaging more tries per game than in any previous season since leagues were introduced in the 1987/88 campaign.

Neil Williams has been the club's statistician for the past thirty-one seasons (JMP UK).

“In fact, Bristol have scored fifty points or more in seven of the sixteen league fixtures so far, equalling the record set in the 2004/05 campaign.

“A win on Sunday at Ashton Gate would beat our previous best run in 2016, although that streak stretched into the play-offs and included both semi-finals and the final first leg.

“As a longstanding supporter and the statistician, this has been probably the most enjoyable season to watch the club, particularly with the style of rugby the team are playing.

“We’re averaging more points per game and averaging more tries per game than in any previous season since leagues were introduced in the 1987/88 campaign."

Neil Williams, club statistician

“That shows on the try-scoring charts, too - so far this season, Luke Morahan, Jordan Williams and Rhodri Williams have all crossed for ten league tries. It’s only the fifth time that three or more players have got into double figures for tries.

“As well as the carrot of promotion that the team are working hard to achieve, we still have the opportunity to become the only side to remain unbeaten in an entire Championship season since its inception as a twelve-team competition in 2009."

With just three home fixtures remaining, Bristol's average attendance stands at 7,999, currently beating our previous best average Championship gate of 7,756 in 2014/15, during the club's first season at Ashton Gate.

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