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REPORT: Bristol United 13-45 Exeter Braves

Bristol United fell to a second successive defeat in the Aviva A-League, going down 13-45 to Exeter Braves on Monday evening.

The home side scored twice through Nick Carpenter and Auguy Slowik, but were undone by the Devon outfit in an entertaining affair at Clifton RFC.

It was Bristol United who posted the opening score of the evening, courtesy of captain Carpenter. The centre scythed through the midfield to touch down for an unconverted try.

But the visitors hit back with two tries of their own in quick succession. First, Jack Maunder crossed after Josh Jones’ bruising rampage, before Sam Simmonds dabbed down from the base of a driving lineout.

Callum Sheedy reduced the deficit with a long-range penalty goal before the interval to put Bristol back to within six points.

But Exeter seized control of proceedings in the second half and raced into a 28-8 lead as Byron McGuigan crossed in the corner, before Brett Sturgess’ close range effort was well converted by Joe Simmonds.

And the visitors pushed further ahead as McGuigan grabbed his second try of the game, accelerating over the whitewash after Exeter exploited space down the outside channel.

Auguy Slowik added a consolation try for Bristol United when the full back collected his speculative kick ahead to fly over.

The Braves had the final say when Harrison Cully and Stu Townsend dotted down in quick succession to condemn Bristol to a 45-13 defeat at Clifton RFC.

Bristol United:

Auguy Slowik; Elias Caven, Darren Hudson, Nick Carpenter (c), Ryan Edwards; Callum Sheedy, Andy Uren; Kyle Traynor, James Stephenson, David Spellman (Cambridge University), Adam Sinclair (trialist), Sam Jeffreys (Bristol Uni), Max Cresswell (Clifton RFC/Bristol Uni), Max Crumpton, Jack Davies (Bath Uni).

Replacements: Ben Gompels (Clifton RFC/Bristol Uni), Alfie Barron (Hartpury College), Alex Giltrow (Clifton RFC), Louis Wolf, Oliver Dunn (Bridgwater RFC), Craig Hampson, Sam Katz (trialist), Curtis Mathews.

Exeter Braves:

Chrysander Botha; Byron McGuigan, Pete Laverick, Josh Jones, Jack Arnott; Joe Simmonds, Jack Maunder; Brett Sturgess, Shaun Malton, Alex Brown, Jonny Hill, Sam Skinner, Sam Simmonds, Ben White, Kai Horstmann ©.

Replacements: Jack Innard, Jake Woolmore, Jack Andrew, Jerry Sexton, Ed Holmes, Stu Townsend, Harrison Cully, Kyle Moyle.

Referee: Shane Lewis