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Report: Bristol Rugby 46-31 Nottingham

Match Report

Sunday, September 20th 2015

The Championship

Bristol Rugby 46 - 31 Nottingham*

HT 26-19

Robinson (2), Eadie, Amesbury, Mosses, Tovey Tries Freeman, Langley, Grant, Skelcey, Hakalo
Henson (5) Conversions Rayner (3)
Henson (2) Penalties

KO: 3PM

Att: 5544

Venue: Ashton Gate

Ref: Dean Richards

Lineups

Bristol Rugby

  • 1 Jack James O'Connell
  • 2 Geraint Marc Jones
  • 3 James Stephen Hall
  • 4 James Montague Phillips
  • 5 Mark Richard Sorenson
  • 6 Ralph Nicholas Koster
  • 7 Oliver James Robinson
  • 8 Mitchell William Eadie
  • 9 William Peter Samuel Cliff
  • 10 Gavin Lloyd Henson
  • 11 Charles Ashley Amesbury
  • 12 Ben Charles G. Mosses
  • 13 Jack Terence Tovey
  • 14 Thomas William Varndell
  • 15 Jack Edward Wallace

Substitutes

  • 16 Peter Ross McMillan
  • 17 Ellis Genge
  • 18 Jamal Michael Ford-Robinson
  • 19 Glen Christian Townson
  • 20 Joseph John Joyce
  • 21 Craig J. Hampson
  • 22 Adrian Thomas Jarvis

Nottingham

  • 1 Kieran James Davies
  • 2 Jonathan Fenwick Vickers
  • 3 Conor James Carey
  • 4 Tobias Christian Apted Thiesse Freeman
  • 5 Daniel John Montagu
  • 6 Rupert Adam Cooper
  • 7 Robert William Langley
  • 8 Paul William Grant
  • 9 Murray Adam McConnell
  • 10 Lawrence Rayner
  • 11 Joshua Samuel Joseph Skelcey
  • 12 Viliami Ahofono Hakalo
  • 13 Ben Woods
  • 14 Sam Coghlan Murray
  • 15 Richard Andrew

Substitutes

  • 16 Antonio Junior Harris
  • 17 Thomas Heard
  • 18 Joe Green
  • 19 Benjamin Mark Morris
  • 20 Darryl Leo Veenendaal
  • 21 William Roger Millett
  • 22 William Rufus Robinson

Bristol Rugby made it back-to-back victories in the Championship with a 46-31 defeat of Nottingham on Sunday.

The hosts scored six tries as Olly Robinson (2), Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, Charlie Amesbury and Mitch Eadie all touched down at Ashton Gate.

Nottingham opened the scoring inside five minutes as Rupert Cooper crashed over following a strong driving lineout.

In an opening period dominated by forwards play, Bristol came close to responding with a close-range effort of their own only for the ball to be held up over the whitewash.

Instead, Josh Skelcey doubled the visitor’s lead when the winger raced down the outside channel to dab down for a converted try.

Olly Robinson’s try from the back of a driving lineout put Bristol back within touching distance.

Bristol leveled proceedings midway through the first half as Jack Tovey collected Gavin Henson’s delicate chip ahead to touch down, while Henson slotted the extras.

And the hosts went ahead for the first time as Ben Mosses rampaged his way through two defenders to score.

Nottingham were reduced to fourteen men after Lawrence Rayner saw yellow for a deliberate knock on.

Bristol capitalized on the numerical advantage by clinching the bonus point score before the interval. This time, Mitch Eadie capped an impressive forty minutes with a close-range effort to put his side 26-14 ahead.

But it was the Green and Whites who had the final say of the half, as Vili Hakalo squeezed his way over for an unconverted try.

Olly Robinson grabbed his second of the afternoon before the hour mark, but Nottingham stayed in touch courtesy of Rob Langley’s effort – the visitors’ fourth of a pulsating affair.

A Gavin Henson three-pointer kept the scoreboard ticking over, but Bristol lost Jack Tovey to the sin-bin after the centre was yellow carded for an adjudged dangerous tackle.

Moments later, Paul Grant burrowed over from the back of driving maul to put Nottingham within five points at 36-31.

Andy Robinson’s men closed out the affair late on as a Gavin Henson penalty goal and Charlie Amesbury’s late try secured the victory.

Man of the Match: Mitch Eadie