- The Championship
- Friday, March 23rd 2018
- Ashton Gate
Will Carpenter reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol Rugby 18-13 Yorkshire Carnegie
Friday, March 23rd 2018
Ian Madigan continued his mercurial form with the boot as Bristol Rugby edged past a valiant Yorkshire Carnegie in a cagey GKIPA Championship clash at Ashton Gate on Friday.
The Irish fly-half landed six penalties from seven attempts – including two in the final ten minutes – to fire Pat Lam’s side to an 18th-league win of the season and extend their lead at the top to 18 points – albeit temporarily.
The only try of the game went to the visitors, courtesy of a 57th-minute penalty try, as Carnegie twice took the lead in the final 25 minutes after Bristol had led 9-3 at the interval.
But it was Madigan’s boot that proved the difference in the closing stages, knocking over a close-range penalty before landing a monster 50-metre effort five minutes from time to seal victory for the hosts.
After a scrappy opening period, Madigan opened the scoring on 14 minutes with the first of three first-half penalties. The hosts then lost Joe Latta to injury early on, replaced by Sam Jeffries, before Madigan’s second and third penalties – in quick succession – made it 9-0 on the half-hour mark.
Callum Irvine got Yorkshire on the board shortly before the interval, as the sides traded blows in a disjointed first 40 minutes, with Bristol holding a six-point advantage at half time.
The hosts were dealt a blow early in the second period, when Gaston Cortes was sin-binned as Yorkshire turned the screw at scrum-time.
Bristol’s first try-less display of the season wasn’t for a lack of chances, as first Pisi and then Leuia spilt the ball just metres from the whitewash, with Yorkshire scrambling.
But the visitors hit back – and after Beck had been held up over the line, Karl Dickson went under the posts from the resulting scrum to give Carnegie the lead for the first time in the match.
The lead lasted just six minutes, as Madigan’s fourth penalty edged Bristol back in front – only for Irvine’s second to restore the Yorkshire advantage as the game entered its closing stages.
But after Richard Mayhew had been shown a yellow card for slowing the ball down, Madigan nudged Bristol back ahead with just ten minutes to play.
And with time ticking away, the fly-half capped a man of the match performance with his sixth penalty of the evening, to earn a crucial four points for Pat Lam’s men.
After Carnegie had edged themselves into the lead courtesy of a penalty try and a Callum Irvine penalty, Ian Madigan landed two quick-fire penalties - the second of which, crept over from all of 50 metres - to seal a vital four points for Bristol in a touch encounter.
Man of the match: Ian Madigan
In a game of small margins, Madigan's outstanding goal-kicking proved to be the difference, landing six penalties from seven to lead Bristol to an 18th league victory of the season.
The Irishman's form from the tee has been sensational throughout the season - and he rose to the occasion once again, with two penalties in the final ten minutes deciding the outcome of a tightly-contested GKIPA Championship match.
Another impressive display in the hoops from Madigan.
Photo of the match:
Bristol Rugby: Morahan; Edwards, Piutau (J Williams 40), Pisi, Leiua; Madigan, Williams (Uren 78); Bevington (Tonga’uiha 40), Harris-Wright (Fenton-Wells 69), Cortes (Lay 51), Joyce, Latta (Jeffries 19), Haining, Thomas, Crane (c).
Replacements: Fenton-Wells, Tonga’uiha, Lay, Jeffries, Uren, Sheedy, Williams.
Yorkshire Carnegie: Elder, Watkins, Forsyth, Lucock, McColl, Irvine, Fox; Thomas, Buckle, Mitchell, Whetton, Smith, West, Mayhew, Beck.
Replacements: Mayhew, Thraves, Bryce, Newborn, Bainbridge, Elliot, Brown.
- Madigan (6)
- Yellow Cards:
- Irvine (2)
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