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  • Saturday, February 10th 2018
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Match Report

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter reports from Trailfinders SG (Vallis Way)

Posted Sunday, February 11th 2018

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Report: Ealing Trailfinders 27-28 Bristol Rugby

Jordan Williams inspired a second-half comeback, as Bristol Rugby overcame a half-time deficit to edge Ealing Trailfinders 28-27 at Vallis Way and extend their lead at the top of the GKIPA Championship to 13 points.

The full-back struck twice in the second period as Pat Lam’s side fought back to seal a bonus-point win in West London and maintain their unbeaten league record, while condemning Ealing to a first home defeat of the season.

Tusi Pisi’s ninth-minute score had given Bristol an early lead against the second-place Trailfinders, but the hosts came charging back with tries from James Cordy Redden and a penalty try, which saw Steven Luatua sent to the sin-bin.

Sam Jeffries levelled the scores with a try nine minutes before the break, but Luke Daniels’ penalty on the stroke of half time – after James Lay and Ealing’s Harry Casson had also seen yellow - gave Ealing a three-point lead at the interval.

But Jordan Williams’ brace proved decisive - either side of an Aaron Penberthy drop-goal – to seal the try bonus-point with 15 minutes remaining.

Morgan Allen’s 77th-minute score ensured a nervy finish in the driving rain, but Bristol held on to record a 15th successive league victory and increase their advantage at the summit.


What happened?

After a cagey start, it was Bristol who took the lead on nine minutes when Dan Thomas scooped up a loose pass five metres out, and Rhodri Williams located a wide-open Tusi Pisi in the left-hand corner.

Ealing responded immediately, as Penberthy’s pin-point cross-field kick was collected by Cordy Redden, who shook off a covering tackle to slide over.

The hosts’ second arrived on the half-hour mark, as referee Luke Pearce went under the posts to award a penalty try - before showing Luatua a yellow card - following a powerful Ealing maul.

But the numerical disadvantage didn’t appear to dent Bristol spirits, and the visitors hit back four minutes before the break when Sam Jeffries crossed in rather fortuitous fashion to level the scores.

An even first half looked to be ending all square when Dan Thomas’ turnover halted Ealing momentum inside the Bristol 22 – but an off the ball incident involving debutant James Lay and Harry Casson, saw both players sent to the sin bin and the penalty reversed.

Luke Daniels stroked over the resulting kick to give Ealing a three-point lead at the interval.

Sam Jeffries charges to the line to score Bristol's second try at Vallis Way (JMP UK).

Enter, Jordan Williams, sprinting and stepping his way to the line from 60 metres to thrust Bristol into a four-point lead early in the second period.

Aaron Penberthy’s drop-goal reduced Ealing’s deficit to one-point just three minutes later, but Williams crossed for a crucial second, after patient Bristol build-up, to seal the try bonus-point with 15 minutes remaining.

Ealing continued to press and after Kieran Murphy had been held up over the whitewash, Morgan Allen crashed over three minutes from time to ensure a nervy finish in the driving rain.

But as time ticked away, Bristol held their nerve to record a 15th-successive league victory and increase their advantage at the summit of the GKIPA Championship.


Key moment:

Trailing 17-14 at half-time, Bristol were in need of big response - and they got exactly that from the sensational Jordan Williams.

The full back collected Dan Thomas' pass to storm clear on the right-hand side, before sealing the deal with a stunning sidestep to put Bristol into a 17-21 lead. 

It was a lead they wouldn't relinquish, as Pat Lam's side sealed a dramatic victory in West London. 


Man of the match: Jordan Williams

We're running out of superlatives to describe the flying Welshman, but for now, we'll go with phenomenal.

Williams was, once again, in a class of his own, inspiring his side to a second-half comeback and a crucial victory at Vallis Way.

Two tries capped a superb individual display - the first, a 60-metre solo effort at a crucial point in the game, while the second saw him step and power over after a patient build-up in the Ealing 22. 

Magician. 


Photo of the match:

Bristol Rugby squad reflects on a dramatic victory over Ealing at Vallis Way (JMP UK).

Social media post of the day:


The teams:

Ealing Trailfinders: Daniels, Harries, Jones, Munro, Cordy Redden, Penberthy, Carter, Gibbons, Walker, Thiede, Casson, Maddison, Murphy, Smid, Bright (c).
Replacements: Cornish, Davis, Tampin, Allen, Jones, Grant Adamson, Lydon.

Bristol Rugby: J Williams, Morahan, Piutau, Pisi, Leiua, Madigan (Searle 70), R Williams; Bevington (Tonga’uiha 48), Harris-Wright, Lay (Faletau 60), Batley (Joyce 45), Jeffries, Luatua, Thomas (Lam 51), Haining.
Replacements: Fenton-Wells, Tonga’uiha, Faletau, Joyce, Lam, Uren, Searle.

Ealing

Tries:
Cordy-Redden, Allen
Conversions
Daniels (2)
Penalties:
Daniels
Yellow Cards:
Casson

Bristol Rugby

Tries:
Jeffries, Pisi, Williams (2)
Conversions:
Madigan (4)
Penalties:
Yellow Cards:
Lay, Luatua
  • KO: 7PM
  • Att: 1589
  • Venue: Trailfinders SG (Vallis Way)
  • Ref: Luke Pearce

Ealing

  • 1 James Paul Gibbons
  • 2 Alun McDonald Walker
  • 3 Lewis James Thiede
  • 4 Harris John Casson
  • 5 Barney Maddison
  • 6 Kieran Murphy
  • 7 Rayn Smid
  • 8 Mark Roy Bright
  • 9 Charles Patrick Luke (James-) Carter
  • 10 Aaron David Penberthy
  • 11 James Fitzroy Cordy-Redden
  • 12 Joe Stanley Munro
  • 13 Lewis Jones
  • 14 William Thomas Morgan Harries
  • 15 Luke Daniels

Substitutes

  • 16 Matt Cornish
  • 17 Will D. Davis
  • 18 Mark William Tampin
  • 19 Morgan Andrew E. Allen
  • 20 Llewellyn Sandbrook Jones
  • 21 Daniel David Grant-Adamson
  • 22 Peter Lydon

Bristol Rugby

  • 1 Ryan John Bevington
  • 2 Jason Harris-Wright
  • 3 James M. Lay
  • 4 Joseph Edmund Batley
  • 5 Samuel Phillip Jeffries
  • 6 Dolph Steven Luatua
  • 7 Daniel John Thomas
  • 8 Nicholas Haining
  • 9 Rhodri Williams
  • 10 Ian L. Madigan
  • 11 Alapati Leiua
  • 12 Tusiata Pisi
  • 13 Siale Vailea Piutau
  • 14 Luke J. Morahan
  • 15 Jordan Rhys Williams

Substitutes

  • 16 Nicholas Sean Fenton-Wells
  • 17 Soane Longopoa Tonga'uiha
  • 18 Sione L. Faletau
  • 19 Joseph John Joyce
  • 20 Jack Tafa Lam
  • 21 Andrew William Uren
  • 22 Billy George Searle

Match Overview

Scorers

Ealing

  • Cordy-Redden
  • ,
  • Daniels (1)
  • ,
  • Allen

Bristol Rugby

  • Jeffries
  • ,
  • Madigan
  • ,
  • Pisi
  • ,
  • Williams

Yellow Cards

Ealing

  • Casson

Bristol Rugby

  • Lay
  • ,
  • Luatua

Line Up

Ealing

  • Gibbons
  • ,
  • Walker
  • ,
  • Thiede
  • ,
  • Casson
  • ,
  • Maddison
  • ,
  • Murphy
  • ,
  • Smid
  • ,
  • Bright
  • ,
  • (James-) Carter
  • ,
  • Penberthy
  • ,
  • Cordy-Redden
  • ,
  • Munro
  • ,
  • Jones
  • ,
  • Harries
  • ,
  • Daniels
  • ,
  • Cornish
  • ,
  • Davis
  • ,
  • Tampin
  • ,
  • Allen
  • ,
  • Jones
  • ,
  • Lydon

Subs not used

  • Grant-Adamson

Bristol Rugby

  • Bevington
  • ,
  • Harris-Wright
  • ,
  • Lay
  • ,
  • Batley
  • ,
  • Jeffries
  • ,
  • Luatua
  • ,
  • Thomas
  • ,
  • Haining
  • ,
  • Williams
  • ,
  • Madigan
  • ,
  • Leiua
  • ,
  • Pisi
  • ,
  • Piutau
  • ,
  • Morahan
  • ,
  • Williams
  • ,
  • Tonga'uiha
  • ,
  • Faletau
  • ,
  • Joyce
  • ,
  • Lam
  • ,
  • Searle

Subs not used

  • Fenton-Wells
  • ,
  • Uren