WE HAVE LIFT-OFF! BEARS LAUNCH 22/23 HOME SHIRT
Posted: Friday, August 12th 2022
Friday, October 14th 2016
Friday, October 14th 2016
European Rugby Challenge Cup
|Crumpton, Joyce||Tries||Turnbull, James, Lee-Lo, Cuthbert|
|Jarvis, Searle||Conversions||Anscombe (2)|
|Jarvis (2)||Penalties||Anscombe (3)|
Venue: Ashton Gate
Ref: Pascal Gauzere
Bristol Rugby’s return to European competition saw them suffer a 33-20 defeat at the hands of Cardiff Blues at Ashton Gate on Friday night.
Max Crumpton and Joe Joyce crossed either side of half-time for Bristol, but their efforts were cancelled out by tries from Josh Turnbull, Alex Cuthbert, Tom James and Ray Lee-Lo, while Gareth Anscombe fired over 13 points for the visitors from the kicking tee.
The home side began with a flourish and after Mitch Eadie had faded beautifully off Jarvis’ flat pass to break through the midfield, the fly-half repeated the feat to find Varndell on the left wing. The speedster’s dive into the corner looked to have been enough for the first score of the evening, but the assistant adjudged him in touch and the try was ruled out.
But they didn't leave empty-handed as Jarvis stroked over a penalty from straight in front of the posts to give the hosts a 3-0 lead.
At the other end, Gareth Anscombe soon brought the Blues level with a straight-forward effort on seven minutes – but they weren’t level for long, with Max Crumpton spinning out of two tackles to score in the right-hand corner on the back of a strong Bristol maul.
Jarvis’ conversion was on the money to open up a 10-3 lead, before two more Anscombe penalties in quick succession reduced the deficit to a single point with a quarter of an hour played.
Bristol came back firing and looked to have registered an instant reply when Rhodri Williams sniped over from close range – but following consultation with his touch judge, referee Pascal Gauzere disallowed the try for a double movement.
Matthew Morgan’s return to Ashton Gate wasn’t going quite to plan when he was sin-binned for an infringement in the build-up to Williams’ effort – and from the resulting penalty, Jarvis established a four-point lead for his side.
That lead though, was wiped out on 26 minutes when Ray Lee-Lo scooped up Anscombe’s perfectly weighted dink to touch down – and the fly-half’s conversion made it 13-16.
That became 13-21 three minutes before the break when, following a yellow card for Nick Koster, Josh Turnbull went over for Cardiff’s second at the back of a driving maul.
The second half began in similar vain with Alex Cuthbert shaking off a tackle close to the line to dot down under the posts and Anscombe’s conversion giving the Blues a 15-point buffer.
Eight minutes from time, Tom James rounded off a spell of Cardiff pressure with a fourth try for the visitors.
Bristol saw a third try ruled out as time ticked away, but did manage to have the final say when Joe Joyce ploughed through a ruck to score, with Billy Searle – on as a replacement and on debut – slotting the conversion with the final play.
Bristol Rugby: Jack Wallace; Tom Varndell, Jack Tovey, Thretton Palamo, David Lemi (c) (Arscott 72); Adrian Jarvis (Searle 74), Rhodri Williams (Uren 74); Soane Tonga'uiha (O’Connell 46), Max Crumpton (Brooker 26), Jamal Ford-Robinson (Perenise 42), Ian Evans (Joyce 50), Ben Glynn, Nick Koster (Fenton-Wells 53), Olly Robinson, Mitch Eadie.
Replacements: Chris Brooker, Jack O’Connell, Anthony Perenise, Joe Joyce, Nick Fenton-Wells, Andy Uren, Billy Searle, Luke Arscott.
Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Alex Cuthbert, Rey Lee-Lo, Steven Shingler, Tom James; Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams; Rhys Gill, Matthew Rees, Scott Andrews, Jarrad Hoeata, Macauley Cook, Josh Turnbull, Ellis Jenkins (capt), Nick Williams.
Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Gethin Jenkins, Dillon Lewis, James Down, Cam Dolan, Lloyd Williams, Garyn Smith, Dan Fish.
Referee: Pascal Gauzere