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Bristol Rugby 22-14 London Scottish

Bristol Rugby confirmed their place in the B&I Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable 22-14 defeat of London Scottish on Friday.

Andy Robinson’s men secured top spot in Pool One as Kyle Traynor and Ben Skirving crossed during a one-sided first half.

Gaston Cortes added a try after the interval to maintain Bristol’s 100% record in all competitions this season.

Kyle Traynor opened the scoring for Bristol inside five minutes when the prop rumbled over from close range for a converted try.

The hosts controlled the first period and could have added further scores, before Mark Lilley was sin-binned, reducing London Scottish to fourteen men.

Moments later, Ben Skirving was on hand to dab down following a surge from the pack, while Robinson slotted the extras to double Bristol’s lead.

The Bristol fly half added a penalty goal on the hour mark, before replacement prop Gaston Cortes wrestled across the whitewash for the third try of the evening.

London Scottish staged a late fightback as Alex Brown and Matt Williams went over in quick succession, but Bristol held firm to book safe passage into the knockout stages.

Bristol Rugby:

Jack Wallace; George Watkins, Jack Tovey, Mark Cooke, Andy Short; Nicky Robinson, Craig Hampson; Kyle Traynor, Rhys Lawrence, Matias Diaz, Ben Glynn, Mark Sorenson (c), Nick Koster, Josh Ovens, Ben Skirving.

Replacements: James Stephenson (for Rhys Lawrence, 73 mins), Gaston Cortes (for Matias Diaz, 65 mins), Joe Joyce (for Ben Glynn, 65 mins), Jake Polledri (for Josh Ovens, 73 mins), Luke Baldwin (for Craig Hampson, 68 mins), Callum Sheedy (for Nicky Robinson, 73 mins), Charlie Amesbury (for George Watkins, 58 mins).

London Scottish:

Chris Auld; Matt Williams, Matt Hawke, Harry Sloan, Miles Mantella; Connor Braid, Ben Calder; Mark Lilley, David Cherry, Max Maidment, Tai Tuisamoa, Gregor Gillanders (c), Alex Brown, Chris Walker, James Chisholm.

Replacements: Lovejoy Chawatama (for Mark Lilley, 54 mins), Todd Gleave (for David Cherry, 54 mins), Ben Prescott (for Max Maidment, 37 mins), James Phillips (for Tui Tuasamoa, 54 mins), Lewis Beer (for Chris Walker, 62 mins), Matt Heeks (for Ben Calder, 53 mins), Dan Newton (for Matt Hawke, 65 mins).

Referee: Darren Gamage
Attendance: 4,608
Airbus Man of the Match: Jack Tovey

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