- British and Irish Cup
- Friday, January 19th 2018
- Ashton Gate
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Will Carpenter reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol Rugby 68-0 Cardiff Premiership Select
Friday, January 19th 2018
Bristol Rugby ran in ten tries and kept a clean sheet, as they dispatched Cardiff Blues Premiership Select 68-0 in the final pool clash of the British and Irish Cup.
Nick Haining scored a first-half brace, while Dan Thomas and Jordan Williams also crossed before the interval, as Bristol secured the bonus-point inside 20 minutes.
There was more of the same in the second half, as Ben Gompels’ first try for the club was followed by one for Alapati Leiua, a quick-fire double from Billy Searle and late tries from Andy Uren and Joe Joyce.
Ian Madigan kicked 14 points and Billy Searle added four, as the hosts completed a resounding victory at Ashton Gate.
Pat Lam made fourteen changes for the Ashton Gate clash, with only Sione Faletau remaining from the side that overcame Doncaster last weekend.
Tusi Pisi skippered the side from the midfield, while Ian Madigan and Rhodri Williams returned to form the half back partnership.
In the pack, Chris Vui recovered from a head injury to start in the second row, while Jack Lam was also included in the back row.
Bristol began in blitzkrieg fashion and took the lead on ten minutes when Dan Thomas took advantage of an overlap on the right-hand side to sprint over. Madigan converted and repeated the feat from a similar spot just three minutes later, after Jordan Williams showcased pace and skill to collect his own grubber kick and touch down.
Pat Lam’s side were beginning to enjoy themselves and wrapped up the bonus-point inside 20 minutes thanks to a quick-fire double from the impressive Nick Haining. The back-row forward got himself on the end of a sweeping handling move for his first, before breaking the line and racing away to score his second from all of 50 metres as the hosts took full control at the half-time interval.
The tries continued to flow after the break, with Ben Gompels first to touch down at the back of a driving maul.
The hosts scored their sixth on 47 minutes, when Siale Piutau ghosted through a hole in the Cardiff midfield before locating Alapati Leiua to touch down, with Madigan adding both conversions.
Billy Searle danced his way to the whitewash for the hosts’ seventh with his very first touch, after replacing Alapati Leiua, before Andy Uren did exactly the same following a powerful surge from Joe Joyce.
Searle crossed for his second five minutes from time, before Joe Joyce capped a one-sided evening with Bristol’s ninth late on.
A blistering start from Bristol left a young Cardiff side with a mountain to climb. Tries from Nick Haining (2), Dan Thomas and Jordan Williams saw the hosts wrap up the bonus-point inside 20 minutes - and from there, it was all one-way traffic at Ashton Gate.
Man of the match: Jordan Williams
Scintillating stuff from the Welsh wizard, who showcased pace, footwork and deft handling in a stunning all-round display.
The full-back scored his side's second try of the night in sensational style, collecting his own grubber kick to dot down in the corner.
Late on, it was Williams' break and outrageous offload that led to Joe Joyce crashing over out wide. Superb.
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Bristol Rugby: Jordan Williams; Luke Morahan, Siale Piutau (Jack Wallace 47), Tusi Pisi (c), Alapati Leiua (Billy Searle 63); Ian Madigan (Andy Uren 70), Rhodri Williams; Ryan Bevington (Soane Tonga’uiha 40), Ben Gompels, Sione Faletau (Ollie Dawe 40), Joe Joyce, Chris Vui (Jordon Liney), Nick Haining, Dan Thomas, Jack Lam (Joe Latta 55).
Replacements: Jordon Liney, Soane Tonga’uiha, Ollie Dawe, Nick Haining, Andy Uren, Billy Searle, Jack Wallace.
Cardiff Blues Premiership Select: Pat Lewis, Dafydd Smith, Jack Roberts, Josh Martin, Corey Howells, Ben Thomas, Scott Gibson; Corey Domachowski, Ethan Lewis, Keiron Assiratti, Owain Lloyd, Callum Bradbury, Sion Edwards, James Botham, Alun Lawrence.
Replacements: Iestyn Harris, Rhys Carre, Tom Mably, Gareth Jones, Joe Miles, Harry Rumens, Ben Jones.
- Gompels, Joyce, Haining (2), Thomas, Leiua, Williams, Uren, Searle (2)
- Madigan (6), Searle (3)
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