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Will Carpenter


Posted Sunday, September 30th 2018

Report: Exeter Braves 47-26 Bristol Bears 'A'

Bristol Bears ‘A’ were outmuscled by Exeter Braves on Sunday, going down 47-26 at Sandy Park.

Skipper Jake Heenan (2), Ryan Edwards and Dan Thomas crossed as the Bears claimed a losing bonus point, but Exeter fought back with seven tries to claim the Premiership Shield victory.

Bristol led inside the opening 60 seconds as skipper Jake Heenan burrowed over from close-range, while Bedlow slotted the conversion.

What happened?

Bristol led inside the opening 60 seconds as skipper Jake Heenan burrowed over from close-range, while Bedlow slotted the conversion.

The visitors withstood a spell of pressure before Bedlow saw his long-range penalty goal attempt fade wide. Midway through the first period, the fly half laced a neat grubber into space for Ryan Edwards to collect and dab down for a converted score.

Braves’ front rower Greg Holmes responded from close-range to halve the deficit to 7-14, before Will Capon saw yellow for an infringement just metres from the whitewash.

Down to fourteen men, Bristol conceded the penalty try at the scrum as Exeter drew level and, on the stroke of half-time, Tom Lawday took advantage of an overlap to crash over and hand the home side a 21-14 lead at the break.

Soon after the restart, Lawday added his second of the afternoon when the back rower accelerated clear from twenty metres.

Fifty minutes into the game, Exeter’s powerful pack made inroads once again, as Onehunga Kaufusi ploughed his way over the chalk from five metres.

In a high octane affair, the visitors responded as Dan Thomas stretched over for a converted try to reduce arrears to 35-21.

Michele Campagnaro clattered his way over the chalk with five minutes to go, while Heenan’s second ensured Bristol came away from Sandy Park with a try-scoring bonus point.

At the death, Maliq Holden saw yellow for a deliberate knock on, before Max Norey's powerful finish rounded off proceedings.

The teams:

Exeter Braves: 15. Max Bodilly; 14. Tom O’Flaherty, 13. Michele Campagnaro, 12. Tom Hendrickson, 11. James Short; 10. Sam Morley, 9. Sam Maunder; 1. Moray Low, 2. Jack Innard, 3. Greg Holmes, 4. Richard Capstick, 5. Wilhelm Van Der Sluys, 6. Onehunga Kaufusi, 7. James Freeman (c), 8. Tom Lawday.

Replacements: 16. Paul Davis, 17. Danny Southworth, 18. Alfie Petch, 19. Jake Clemson, 20. Max Norey, 21. Joe Snow, 22. Harvey Skinner, 23. Joe Elderkin.

Bristol Bears 'A': 15. Tom Pincus; 14. Ryan Edwards, 13. Charlie Powell, 12. Harry Asherl (Clifton College and Bristol U18s), 11. Aaron Chapman; 10. Sam Bedlow, 9. Reiss Cullen; 1. Jordan Lay, 2. Will Capon, 3. Ollie Dawe, 4. Joe Batley, 5. Sam Jeffries, 6. James Dun, 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Jake Heenan (c).

Replacements: 16. George Kloska, 17. Jack Cosgrove, 18. Nicky Thomas (Dragons), 19. Ehize Ehizode, 20. Sam Graham, 21. Blake Boyland (SGS Filton and Bristol U18s), 22. Ioan Lloyd (Clifton College and Bristol U18s), 23. Maliq Holden (Cornish Pirates).