Banner image

Report: Bristol Rugby 26-17 Rotherham Titans

Max Crumpton’s eightieth minute try ensured Bristol moved back to the top of the Greene King IPA Championship with a bonus point win over Rotherham Titans.

The hosts touched down four times as Chris Brooker went over in the first period, before George Watkins, Glen Townson and replacement Crumpton added scores after the interval.

Andy Davies should have put Rotherham in front inside three minutes, only for Luke Eves to thwart the Titans scrum half with a last-ditch cover tackle.

But the visitors did take the lead when Sean Scanlon accelerated through a gaping hole in the midfield to slide over for a converted try.

Bristol leveled proceedings before the half hour mark as Chris Brooker capitalized on a well-worked driving lineout to crash over from close range, while Nicky Robinson slotted the extras.

James McKinney’s mammoth penalty goal edged Rotherham back ahead and, despite plenty of territory deep in opposition territory, Bristol couldn’t find a way through a stubborn visiting defence before the interval.

Andy Robinson’s men turned the game on its head soon after the restart when George Watkins – on his first competitive appearance since returning to the club – collected a crossfield kick to fly over the whitewash in style.

In a scrappy second period, Jack Preece’s yellow card handed Bristol the impetus and the hosts took full advantage as Glen Townson rumbled over from five metre for a converted try.

Fourteen-man Rotherham stayed in touch courtesy of Alex Rieder’s converted score and could have added a quickfire second when replacement Chris Harris raced clear.

Adrian Jarvis missed a penalty goal opportunity, before Max Crumpton latched onto Auguy Slowik’s pass to stretch over in the corner for Bristol’s fourth try, the bonus point and an eighth successive league win.

Bristol Rugby:

Auguy Slowik; Jack Wallace, Luke Eves, Ben Mosses, George Watkins; Nicky Robinson, Dwayne Peel (c); Jack O’Connell, Chris Brooker, James Hall, Ben Glynn, Glen Townson, Marco Mama, Olly Robinson, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Max Crumpton (for Chris Brooker, 67 mins), Gaston Cortes (for Jack O’Connell, 59 mins), Mark Sorenson (for Ben Glynn, 57 mins), Nick Koster (for Olly Robinson, 57 mins), Craig Hampson, Adrian Jarvis (for Nicky Robinson, 63 mins), Gareth Maule.

Rotherham Titans:

Sean Scanlon; Michael Keating, Joel Gill, Jordan Davies, Curtis Wilson; James McKinney, Andy Davies; Robin Hislop, Tom Cruse, Lewis Thiede, Perry Parker, Tom Holmes (c), Alex Rieder, Jack Preece, Willie Ryan.

Replacements: Ali Birch (for Tom Cruse, 14 mins), Toby Williams (for Robin Hislop, 70 mins), Mark Tampin (for Lewis Thiede, 61 mins), Barney Maddison (for Tom Holmes, 57 mins), Chris Harris (for Joel Gill, 58 mins), James Mitchell, Tom Barrett (for James McKinney, 65 mins).

Referee: Luke Pearce
Attendance: 6,428
Airbus Man of the Match: Nicky Robinson

Latest News

Randall earns first England call-up, three Bears named

Randall earns first England call-up, three Bears named

Posted: Friday, January 22nd 2021

Cry God for Harry: Randall's journey to the Red Rose

Cry God for Harry: Randall's journey to the Red Rose

Posted: Friday, January 22nd 2021

Refunds processed for January fixtures

Refunds processed for January fixtures

Posted: Thursday, January 21st 2021

Sheedy named in Wales Six Nations squad

Sheedy named in Wales Six Nations squad

Posted: Wednesday, January 20th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Gallery: City march past Millwall in FA Cup
Football icon

Gallery: City march past Millwall in FA Cup

View a selection of images from Saturday's 3-0 win as City dump Millwall out of the Emirates FA Cup.

Posted: Sunday, January 24th 2021 • Football

Highlights: Millwall 0-3 Bristol City
Football icon

Highlights: Millwall 0-3 Bristol City

Watch the key moments from The Den as City advanced into the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round with a convincing win over Millwall.

Posted: Sunday, January 24th 2021 • Football

Owura Edwards reflects on City debut
Football icon

Owura Edwards reflects on City debut

Young winger Owura Edwards was pleased to see his hard work rewarded with a ten-minute appearance in City’s 3-0 win over Millwall in the Emirates FA Cup,

Posted: Sunday, January 24th 2021 • Football

Chelsea clash postponed
Football icon

Chelsea clash postponed

Following a pitch inspection this morning, Bristol City Women can confirm that this afternoon’s Barclays FAWSL fixture against Chelsea has been postponed.

Posted: Sunday, January 24th 2021 • Football

 Holden points to Mapps to show city the way
Football icon

Holden points to Mapps to show city the way

Dean Holden revealed how he used Adrian Mariappa as an example to inspire City to a 3-0 win over Millwall that put them into the last 16 of the Emirates FA Cup.

Posted: Sunday, January 24th 2021 • Football