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Will Carpenter


Posted Friday, August 24th 2018

Report: Bristol Bears 32-12 Nottingham

Harry Randall scored a second-half brace as Bristol Bears kicked off their pre-season double-header with a four-try victory over Nottingham at their Clifton RFC training base.

The scrum-half scored twice in ten minutes, rounding off sharp counter attacks to touch down, after Tusi Pisi and Tom Pincus had crossed earlier in proceedings.

Tiff Eden kicked three conversions and two penalties to finish with a 12-point haul, while Nottingham crossed twice in the second half through Jack Spittle and Josh Poullet, with the latter converted by Will Sutton.

In blustery conditions, it took until the 21st minute for the deadlock to be broken, with Tiff Eden landing the first of two penalties.

The fly-half was on target again 12 minutes later to extend the hosts advantage, before Tom Pincus sprinted in for the opening try of the afternoon following smart work in the build up from Shaun Malton.

Harry Randall breaks away to score his second of the afternoon (JMP UK).

Bristol took a 13-0 lead into the half-time interval, but took just six minutes to extend their advantage, as Tusi Pisi latched on to a quite brilliant offload from Will Hurrell to touch down.

Spittle then rounded off a neat handling move in the right-hand corner to get Nottingham on the board, before the first of Randall’s double – created by Jack Tovey – kept Bristol in the ascendency.

Josh Poullet’s interception gave Nottingham their second try nine minutes from time, but Bristol saved the best until last with an 80-metre burst for their fourth and final score. Joe Joyce’s gather and offload set Charlie Powell free on the right-hand side, and the young winger located the supporting Randall with a deft offload to complete a solid win for Pat Lam’s men.

Bristol Bears: 15. Jack Tovey; 14. Charlie Powell, 13. Will Hurrell, 12. Tusi Pisi (c), 11. Tom Pincus; 10. Tiff Eden, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jordan Lay, 2. Shaun Malton, 3. Lewis Thiede, 4. Joe Joyce, 5. John Hawkins, 6. Sam Jeffries, 7. Jake Heenan, 8. Nick Haining.

Replacements: 16. Tom Lindsay, 17. Tom Rowland, 18. Ollie Dawe, 19. Ehize Ehizode, 20. Sam Graham, 21. Reiss Cullen, 22. Sam Bedlow, 23. Matt Welsh.

Bristol Bears: Tries: Pincus 38, Pisi 46, Randall 73, 76; Cons: Eden 38, 46, 76; Pens: Eden 21, 34
Nottingham: Tries: Spittle 49, Poullet 71; Cons: Sutton 71