- British and Irish Cup
- Saturday, October 14th 2017
- Sardis Road
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Will Carpenter reports from Sardis Road
Report: Cardiff Blues Premiership Select 7-31 Bristol United
Sunday, October 15th 2017
Bristol United kicked off their British and Irish Cup campaign with a commanding 31-7 victory over Cardiff Blues Premiership Select at Sardis Road on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors hit top gear in a dominant first half display, running in four unanswered tries courtesy of a brace from debutant Aaron Chapman and further scores from Will Hurrell and Andy Uren.
Replacement James Newey cantered over on the hour mark to complete United’s scoring, before Cardiff’s Dale Stuckey had the final say with an 80-metre interception on the full-time whistle.
It took just two minutes for Bristol United to open the scoring on Pontypridd’s artificial surface, as debutant Aaron Chapman shrugged off the covering defence to score with a powerful finish in the left-hand corner, after the forwards had provided a solid platform at the lineout.
Searle’s conversion drifted across the face of the posts, but the fly half was back in the action shortly after, chipping ahead for Jack Tovey, who palmed the ball into the hands of the supporting Will Hurrell for United’s second.
Searle converted from under the posts and repeated the feat two minutes later, as Chapman crossed for his second and United’s third following a delicate offload from prop Jack O’Connell.
The hosts began to find their feet in the closing stages of the half – and after winning a penalty at the scrum, Dane Blacker’s tap-and-go looked to have caught United off guard. But the scrum half’s looping pass was picked off by Ryan Edwards, whose break and offload sent Andy Uren in under the posts for the bonus-point score on the stroke of half-time.
Replacement scrum half Reiss Cullen sparked the second half into life on the hour mark, taking advantage of a penalty at the scrum to catch the Cardiff defence off guard and send James Newey in for his side’s fifth try.
Joe Batley was sent to the sin-bin seven minutes from time for an alleged dangerous tackle, after a 60-metre surge from Cardiff centre Harri Millard put the hosts within striking distance.
The resulting scrum came to nothing as Bristol cleared their lines courtesy of Sheedy’s right boot. But with the clock in the red and United looking to finish with a flourish, James Newey’s pass was picked off by Dale Stuckey, who raced 80 metres to register a consolation try for the hosts.
It had little impact on the final score though, as Bristol United secured a comfortable five-try victory - a seventh successive win in all competitions.
With Cardiff beginning to hit their straps late in the first half, Ryan Edwards picked off a loose pass before racing clear and feeding Andy Uren, whose try opened up an unassailable 26-0 lead at the half time interval.
It was a knockout blow for the visitors, who would go on to secure a comfortable win.
Man of the match: Aaron Chapman
What a sensational debut from the former King’s College, Taunton wing. The Academy flyer touched down twice in an impressive first half performance, taking just 90 seconds to get on the scoresheet.
Chapman shook off two covering defenders to dab down in the corner for his first, before collecting Jack O’Connell’s offload and racing in from 40 metres for his second.
This was followed up by some strong defensive work in the wider channels, including a turnover just metres from the United line.
A quite superb first showing.
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Bristol Rugby: Jack Wallace; Ryan Edwards, Jack Tovey, Will Hurrell, Aaron Chapman; Billy Searle, Andy Uren; Jack O’Connell, Ben Gompels (Bristol University), Alex Giltrow, Joe Batley, Ehize Ehizode, James Dun, Dave Watchorn (Bristol University), Nick Fenton-Wells (c).
Replacements: Nick Freeman, Jack Cosgrove, Tyler Gendall, Jack Capon, Reiss Cullen, Callum Sheedy, James Newey.
Cardiff Blues Premiership Select: Dan Fish (Cardiff Blues); Owen Lane (Cardiff Blues academy), Harri Millard (Cardiff Blues), Will Rees-Hole (Cardiff RFC), Dale Stuckey (Pontypridd RFC); Ben Jones (Cardiff Blues Academy), Dane Blacker (Cardiff Blues Academy); Chris Phillips (Pontypridd RFC), Ethan Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Will Davies-King, Sean Moore (Pontypridd RFC), Ben Murphy (Merthyr RFC), Sion Bennett (Cardiff Blues), Morgan Sieniawski (Pontypridd RFC), Hemi Barnes (Pontypridd RFC).
Replacements: Ian Jenkins (Cardiff RFC), Rhys Carre (Cardiff Blues Academy), Luke Crocker (Cardiff RFC), Osian Davies (Merthyr RFC), Joel Raikes (Pontypridd RFC), Ben Thomas (Cardiff Blues Academy), Lloyd Rowlands (Pontypridd RFC).
Images courtesy of JMPUK.
Blues Premiership Select
- Yellow Cards:
- Uren, Chapman (2), Hurrell, Newey
- Searle (3)
- Yellow Cards: