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REPORT: Bristol Rugby 21-36 Wasps

Match Report

Sunday, April 16th 2017

Aviva Premiership Rugby

Bristol Rugby 21 - 36 Wasps*

HT 7-21

Fenton-Wells, Woodward, O'Connell Tries Taylor, Thompson, Simpson, Bassett (2), Wade
Searle (2), Henson Conversions Gopperth (3)

(Model.KickOffShortRefAlias): 3PM

Att: 12310

Venue: Ashton Gate

Ref: Greg Garner


Bristol Rugby

  • 1 Ryan John Bevington
  • 2 Geraint Marc Jones
  • 3 Rodrigo Gaston Cortes
  • 4 James Montague Phillips
  • 5 Mark Richard Sorenson
  • 6 Samuel Phillip Jeffries
  • 7 Nicholas Sean Fenton-Wells
  • 8 Mitchell William Eadie
  • 9 Albert Samuel Mathewson
  • 10 Billy George Searle
  • 11 Jack Terence Tovey
  • 12 Gavin Lloyd Henson
  • 13 William Harry Hurrell
  • 14 Ryan Luke Edwards
  • 15 Jason Christopher Woodward


  • 16 Max Christopher Crumpton
  • 17 Jack James O'Connell
  • 18 Jamal Michael Ford-Robinson
  • 19 Benjamin Edward Glynn
  • 20 Oliver James Robinson
  • 21 Rhodri Williams
  • 22 Tusiata Pisi
  • 23 Charles Ashley Amesbury


  • 1 Matthew James Mullan
  • 2 Thomas William J. Taylor
  • 3 Philip Adam Swainston
  • 4 Joseph Oliver Launchbury
  • 5 Matthew Trevor Symons
  • 6 James Andrew Welbon Haskell
  • 7 Guy Edwin P. Thompson
  • 8 Nathan William Jeremy Hughes
  • 9 Joseph Paul Mackay Simpson
  • 10 James A. Gopperth
  • 11 Joshua Marcus A. Bassett
  • 12 Kurtley James Beale
  • 13 Elliot Fitzgerald Daly
  • 14 Christian Wade
  • 15 Willem Jacobus le Roux


  • 16 Thomas Mark Cruse
  • 17 Thomas A. Bristow
  • 18 Jacob Cooper-Woolley
  • 19 Kearnan James Myall
  • 20 Thomas-Rhys Young
  • 21 Daniel John Robson
  • 22 Daniel Jerome Cipriani
  • 23 Alapati Leiua

Bristol Rugby have been relegated from the Aviva Premiership after suffering a 36-21 defeat to league leaders Wasps at Ashton Gate on Sunday.

Jason Woodward’s try had given the hosts an early lead, but Wasps hit back with 36 unanswered points as tries from Josh Bassett (2), Tommy Taylor, Joe Simpson, Christian Wade and Thomas Young completed a comfortable win for Dai Young’s men.

Jack O’Connell and Nick Fenton-Wells crossed late on for Bristol, but it proved little more than a consolation as they slipped to a 17th league defeat of the season.

What happened?

Woodward granted Bristol the perfect start when he intercepted Guy Thompson's attempted offload and sprinted in from 60 metres to give the hosts a third minute lead.

The Kiwi came close to repeating the feat minutes later when he scooped up another loose ball before being hauled down by the covering Le Roux.

Ryan Edwards was then adjudged in touch after hacking on the Woodward’s kick through and winning the race in-goal as Mark Tainton’s side made a bright start to a breathless opening quarter.

Wasps responded with a quick-fire double, as Josh Bassett latched on to Beale’s expert offload to stretch over and Tommy Taylor dabbed down at the back of a maul.

Jason Woodward touches down for the opening try of the afternoon at Ashton Gate (JMP UK).

Gopperth converted both and then a third, when Beale scampered through a weak tackle in midfield to feed Joe Simpson for a Wasps’ third and a 21-7 half time lead.

Bristol came close to striking first after the interval when Woodward’s round-the-back offload freed up space for Edwards, who was scythed down five metres short.

But Wasps put the match to bed with three tries in ten minutes as they wrapped up the bonus-point before the hour mark. First, Wade took advantage of a defensive error to coast in from 25 metres and minutes later, Matt Symons’ break was rounded off by replacement Thomas Young.

Alapati Leiua, who will wear the blue and white hoops next season, fed Bassett for Wasps’ sixth on 62 minutes as the league leaders continued to exert their dominance at Ashton Gate.

Nick Fenton-Wells dots down for a late try during Bristol's 36-21 defeat to Wasps (JMP UK).

The hosts finished with a flourish courtesy of late tries from Jack O’Connell and Nick Fenton-Wells, with the latter applying the finishing touches to a length-of-the-field move started by Ryan Edwards.

But it was nothing more than a consolation for Bristol, who are now guaranteed to finish bottom of the Aviva Premiership table.

Key moment:

After a positive start to the match had seen Bristol take a third minute lead courtesy of Jason Woodward's try, Wasps' quick-fire double - from Bassett and Taylor - saw a huge shift in momentum from which the home side never recovered.

Photo of the match:

Tusi Pisi's back-of-the-hand offload sets up Jack O'Connell for Bristol's second try of the afternoon (JMP UK).

Man of the match: Ryan Edwards

Edwards signed a contract extension during the week and followed that up with an impressive display at Ashton Gate. The wing was at his dangerous best with ball in hand and played a big part in the length-of-the-field move that set up Nick Fenton-Wells' 78th minute try. 


Bristol Rugby: Jason Woodward; Ryan Edwards, Will Hurrell, Gavin Henson (Pisi 58), Jack Tovey (Amesbury 58); Billy Searle, Alby Mathewson (Williams 52); Ryan Bevington (O’Connell 50), Marc Jones (c) (Crumpton 58), Gaston Cortes (Ford-Robinson 40), James Phillips (Robinson 52), Mark Sorenson (Glynn 52), Sam Jeffries, Nick Fenton-Wells, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Max Crumpton, Jack O’Connell, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Ben Glynn, Olly Robinson, Rhodri Williams, Tusi Pisi, Charlie Amesbury.

Wasps: Willie Le Roux; Christian Wade, Elliot Daly, Kurtley Beale, Josh Bassett; Jimmy Gopperth, Joe Simpson; Matt Mullan, Tommy Taylor, Phil Swainston, Joe Launchbury (c), Matt Symons, James Haskell, Guy Thompson, Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: Tom Cruse, Tom Bristow, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Kearnan Myall, Thomas Young, Dan Robson, Danny Cipriani, Alapati Leiua.