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Report: Bristol Bears 'A' 54-7 Oxford University

Bristol Bears powered to a 54-7 win over Oxford University in a one-sided friendly clash on Friday evening.

Pat Lam’s men scored eight tries in difficult conditions, outmuscling their student counterparts at the Clifton RFC training base.

Tyrese Johnson-Fisher bagged a hat-trick, Nic Stirzaker and Will Capon notched braces, while Sam Bedlow also crossed.

Bristol sparked into an early lead with a quickfire double inside the opening five minutes. First, Will Capon rumbled over from close-range for a converted score, before Nic Stirzaker doubled the advantage to 14-0 when the skipper raced in under the posts after a Sam Bedlow break.

Midway through the first period, the ever-threatening Tyrese Johnson-Fisher accelerated in for a third converted try, while Stirzaker kept the scoreboard ticking over with his second – and Bristol’s fourth – on the half hour mark.

Sam Bedlow was the next man to get in on the act, slicing through the Oxford midfield to dab down under the posts and put Bears 35-0 up.

With the home side in complete control, Johnson-Fisher added his second of the evening as Bristol ended the first half with an unassailable forty-two point lead.

A stubborn Oxford defence kept Bristol at bay for the opening twenty minutes of the second period, but the resistance was broken when Will Capon crashed over from a well-worked catch and drive.

With the visitors flagging, Johnson-Fisher showed blistering pace to latch onto a neat inside ball and race in under the sticks for his hat-trick.

With less than five minutes remaining, Oxford ran in for a deserved try for their first points of the game, but it was Bears who left Clifton Rugby with the spoils.

Bristol Bears 'A' team:

15. Tom Pincus; 14. Ryan Edwards, 13. Sam Bedlow, 12. Tiff Eden, 11. Tyrese Johnson-Fisher; 10. Ian Madigan; 9. Nic Stirzaker (c); 1. James Lay, 2. Will Capon, 3. Nicky Thomas. 4. John Hawkins, 5. Aly Muldowney, 6. James Dun, 7. Sam Graham, 8. Luke Hamilton.

Replacements: 16. Nick English, 17. Max Lahiff, 18. Tom Rowland, 19. Andrew James (Hartpury), 20. Max Clementson (Hartpury), 21. Tautvydas Krasauskas (Hartpury), 22. Harry Ascherl, 23. Nathan Chamberlain.

Oxford University team:

15. Dan Stoller; 14. Ed David, 13. Nick Greenhalgh, 12. Louis Jackson, 11. Tom Stileman; 10. Tom Humberstone, 9. George Tresidder; 1. Euan Friend, 2. Josh Navarajasegaran, 3. Ben Parker, 4. Jasper Dix, 5. George Warr, 6. Charlie Pozniak, 7. Sam Miller, 8. George Messum.

Replacements: 16. John Aaron Henry, 17. Abhijeet Oswal, 18. Barnaby Vaughan, 19. Calum Haggett, 20. Bertie Watson, 21. Jack Dalton, 22. Carlos Blanco, 23. Henry Martin.


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