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Report: Bath Rugby U18s 12-27 Bristol Bears U18s

Bristol Bears U18s kicked off the new Premiership Rugby Academy League season with a hard-fought victory over Bath at Chippenham RFC on Friday night.

Xledger are principal partner of the Bristol Bears Academy.

Bristol-based Xledger provides cloud-based finance software for mid-market organisations. With more than 10,000 customers in over 60 countries, the Bristol office is currently embarking on a period of significant expansion. 

Tries from James Randall, Ollie Thraves and Jimmy Halliwell completed an impressive win for the young Bears in front of a bumper crowd in north west Wiltshire, while a combined 11 points from the boots of Rhys Price and Lucas Berti capped a strong display.

It was the hosts who took an early lead under the Friday night lights, with some neat work down the left sending Byron Lloyd-Gilmour over in the corner.

Rhys Price's penalty got the Bears on the board after a period of sustained pressure inside the Bath 22 - and when the home side were reduced to 14 men for repeat infringements at the maul, the Bears took full advantage with a well-worked driving lineout, as Randall powered over on the stroke of half time and Price added the extras from out wide.

It was more of the same at beginning of the second half, as another powerful driving lineout saw Thraves apply the finishing touches for Bears' second try. Berti converted and repeated the dose 15 minutes later, when Pete Carter's sniping break laid the platform for Halliwell to crash over from close range. Bath hit back with a sensational try from a pin-point cross-field kick, but Berti's penalty put the game beyond reach and sealed a commanding win for the Bears.

Bristol Bears U18s: 15. Sami Hamid, 14. Gabe Lacey, 13. Tom Stolliday, 12. Lucas Berti, 11. Jamie Wood, 10. Henry Hawkins, 9. Rhys Price; 1. Louis Trevett, 2. James Randall, 3. Billy Moran, 4. Ollie Thraves, 5. Paddy Pearce, 6. Aaron Tull (c), 7. Charlie Cox, 8. Ed Harvey.

16. George Davey, 17. Louis White, 18. Jimmy Halliwell, 19. Ted Harrison, 20. Archie Prewett, 21. Pete Carter, 22. Tom Ormsby, 23. Isaac Cambell Wu.

Tries: Randall 35, Thraves 44, Halliwell 59. Cons: Price 35, Berti 44, 59. Pens: Price 23, Berti 65


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