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REPORT: Bristol Rugby 13-31 Sale Sharks

Match Report

Sunday, October 30th 2016

Aviva Premiership Rugby

Bristol Rugby 13 - 31 Sale Sharks*

HT 0-12

Lemi Tries Odogwu, McGuigan, Haley, Lewis-Roberts, Curry
Geraghty Conversions McGuigan (2), Mugford
Geraghty (2) Penalties


Att: 14025

Venue: Ashton Gate

Ref: JP Doyle


Bristol Rugby

  • 1 Kyle Traynor
  • 2 Christopher Leslie Brooker
  • 3 Anthony Isaac Perenise
  • 4 James Montague Phillips
  • 5 Mark Richard Sorenson
  • 6 Mitchell William Eadie
  • 7 Jonathan Alexander T. Fisher
  • 8 Jordan Stephen Crane
  • 9 William Peter Samuel Cliff
  • 10 Shane Joseph James Geraghty
  • 11 David Lemi
  • 12 Gavin Lloyd Henson
  • 13 William Harry Hurrell
  • 14 Ryan Luke Edwards
  • 15 Jordan Rhys Williams


  • 16 Robert Andrew Hawkins
  • 17 Soane Longopoa Tonga'uiha
  • 18 Rodrigo Gaston Cortes
  • 19 Ian Richard Evans
  • 20 Giorgi Nemsadze
  • 21 Jack Tafa Lam
  • 22 Rhodri Williams
  • 23 Jack Terence Tovey

Sale Sharks

  • 1 Ross Alexander Harrison
  • 2 Neil Robert Briggs
  • 3 Halani 'Aulika
  • 4 Bryn Robert Evans
  • 5 Andrei A. Ostrikov
  • 6 Cameron Charles Neild
  • 7 Magnus Burnett Lund
  • 8 Joshua Matthew Beaumont
  • 9 Peter Alexander Stringer
  • 10 Samuel George James
  • 11 Paolo Chukwudi Odogwu
  • 12 John William Leota
  • 13 William Joseph S. Addison
  • 14 Byron McGuigan
  • 15 Michael Patrick J. Haley


  • 16 Eifion Thomas Lewis-Roberts
  • 17 Brian Vuyisile Mujati
  • 18 Jonathan Thomas Mills
  • 19 David James Seymour
  • 20 Thomas Michael Curry
  • 21 William Michael Phillips
  • 22 Daniel Richard Mugford
  • 23 Samuel George Bedlow

Bristol Rugby slipped to a 31-13 defeat to Sale Sharks at Ashton Gate on Sunday.

The home side were outscored by five tries to one in front of a crowd of 14,025, with Paolo Odogwu, Mike Haley, Byron McGuigan, Efion Lewis-Roberts and Tom Curry all crossing for Sharks. David Lemi added a late consolation for Bristol, while Shane Geraghty kicked eight points.

What happened? 

Will Hurrell’s barnstorming midfield running stole the show in the opening ten minutes, as the centre powered first through Magnus Lung and then straight over the top of his opposite number, Will Addison. Both players were forced from the field for head injury assessments and neither returned to the action, with David Seymour and Sam Bedlow replacing them.

But Bristol were also dealt an injury blow, with Gavin Henson’s return to action cut short as early as the 13th minute and Jack Tovey on in his place.

POWER: Will Hurrell runs over Sale's Will Addison in the first-half (Photo: JMP UK). 

The hosts made a lively start and should have been first on the scoreboard when David Lemi carved a hole in the Sale defence following a loose kick, but his pass to the supporting Cliff went astray.

Bristol were soon made to pay for their squandered opportunity when Paolo Odogwu went over in the corner after a lengthy spell of Sale possession.

Byron McGuigan’s conversion was wide but he made amends seven minutes later after Mike Haley had ghosted his way through the home defence to score the visitor’s second of the afternoon.

Fly half Shane Geraghty then saw his long-range penalty attempt fade wide of the uprights – and Sale almost added a third try of the half on 32 minutes when McGuigan spilled a regulation pass just yards from the line.

Bristol regained possession and cleared their lines courtesy of Cliff – and after another turnover just outside the 22, Geraghty found touch to bring the first half to a close with the home side trailing 12-0.

ON THE CHARGE: Mitch Eadie takes on the Sale defence (Photo: JMP UK). 

Sale extended their lead just minutes into the second period, when Sam Jones collected his own clever chip ahead and released McGuigan who coasted into the corner – but the winger was unable to convert from out wide.

Bristol came surging back and Ryan Edwards latched on to a neat inside pass from Geraghty to take play into the Sale 22, where an infringement at the breakdown gave the fly half the easiest of kicks from under the posts to get his side on the board.

The momentum looked to have swung and the Bristol pack were soon on the charge, driving a maul 20 metres before being hauled down illegally, for which Sale hooker Neil Briggs was sent to the sin-bin.

What followed was another spell of Bristol possession and when Lemi scooped up a loose ball and scythed his way through a scrambling defensive line, a high tackle on Mitch Eadie gave Geraghty a second three-pointer from close range.

Bristol though, were the architects of their own downfall and an error at the lineout gifted possession back to the visitors. From here, Eifon Lewis-Roberts powered over from close range as the visitors secured the try bonus-point with just over an hour played, while McGuigan’s conversion made it 24-6.

A fine break from Mike Haley saw Tom Curry cross for a fifth five minutes from time and replacement Dan Mugford added the extras for 31-6.

There was just about time for a Bristol consolation try courtesy of David Lemi, who scored his 50th league try for the club on his 100th league start. Geraghty’s conversion found its target, but the final whistle condemned Bristol to a 31-13 defeat.

Key moment:

Byron McGuigan’s try just after half-time - after a neat chip-and-chase from Sam Jones - gave Bristol a mountain to climb in the second half.

Photo of the match:

FLYING: David Lemi dives over for Bristol's last-minute try (Photo: JMP UK).

Man of the match: Will Hurrell

This was a powerhouse display from the centre in a losing cause. Hurrell was outstanding in attack and defence, smashing his way over the gain line and turning over ball with some huge hits.

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The teams: 

Bristol Rugby: Jordan Williams; Ryan Edwards, Will Hurrell, Gavin Henson (Tovey 13), David Lemi; Shane Geraghty, Will Cliff (Williams 71); Kyle Traynor (Tonga’uiha 69), Chris Brooker (Hwakins 60), Anthony Perenise (Cortes 57), James Phillips (Evans 40), Mark Sorenson, Mitch Eadie, Jon Fisher, Jordan Crane (c) (Lam 68).

Replacements: Rob Hawkins, Soane Tonga’uiha, Gaston Cortes, Ian Evans, Giorgi Nemsadze, Jack Lam, Rhodri Williams, Jack Tovey.

Sale Sharks: Mike Haley, Byron McGuigan, Will Addison (Bedlow 10), Johnny Leota, Paolo Odogwu, Sam James (Mugford 71), Peter Stringer; Ross Harrison (Lewis-Roberts 54), Neil Briggs, Halani Aulika (Mujati 54), Bryn Evans, Andrei Ostrikov (Mills 59), Cameron Neild, Magnus Lund (Seymour 9), Josh Beaumont (c)

Replacements: Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Brian Mujati, Jonathan Mills, David Seymour, Tom Curry, Mike Phillips, Dan Mugford, Mark Jennings.

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