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REPORT: Gloucester Rugby 26-18 Bristol Rugby

Match Report

Saturday, December 3rd 2016

Aviva Premiership Rugby

Gloucester Rugby 26 - 18 Bristol Rugby*

HT 0-6

Heinz, Purdy, Scott Tries Wallace, Arscott
Hook (3) Conversions Woodward
Penalties Woodward (2)

KO: 4:30PM

Att: 14340

Venue: Kingsholm

Ref: Matthew Carley


Gloucester Rugby

  • 1 Patrick R. McAllister
  • 2 Richard Martin Hibbard
  • 3 Ioane Fitu Afoa
  • 4 Thomas Charles Savage
  • 5 Mariano Tomas Galarza
  • 6 Lewis Wyndham Ludlow
  • 7 Jacob Matthew Rowan
  • 8 Benjamin John Morgan
  • 9 William Alexander Heinz
  • 10 Billy Sean Burns
  • 11 Henry Andrew Purdy
  • 12 Mark James Atkinson
  • 13 Matthew Clive McCrimmon Scott
  • 14 Charles D.J. Sharples
  • 15 James William Hook


  • 16 Thomas Edward D. Farara-Lindsay
  • 17 Joshua Wolfe Hohneck
  • 18 Paul Peter L. Doran Jones
  • 19 Joseph James Latta
  • 20 Connall Ross Moriarty
  • 21 Greig David Laidlaw
  • 22 William Wesley Frederick Twelvetrees
  • 23 Oliver Andrew Thorley

Bristol Rugby

  • 1 Kyle Traynor
  • 2 Robert Andrew Hawkins
  • 3 Rodrigo Gaston Cortes
  • 4 Jonathan Alexander T. Fisher
  • 5 Mark Richard Sorenson
  • 6 Mitchell William Eadie
  • 7 Oliver James Robinson
  • 8 Jordan Stephen Crane
  • 9 Rhodri Williams
  • 10 Adrian Thomas Jarvis
  • 11 Jack Edward Wallace
  • 12 William Harry Hurrell
  • 13 Jack Terence Tovey
  • 14 Ryan Luke Edwards
  • 15 Jason Christopher Woodward


  • 16 Geraint Marc Jones
  • 17 Ryan John Bevington
  • 18 Jamal Michael Ford-Robinson
  • 19 James Montague Phillips
  • 20 Nicholas Sean Fenton-Wells
  • 21 William Peter Samuel Cliff
  • 22 Billy George Searle
  • 23 Luke Arscott

It was a case of too little, too late for Bristol as they fell agonisingly short of a losing bonus point at Kingsholm, going down 26-18 to Gloucester.

The visitors led 6-0 at half time, but second half scores from Matt Scott, Willi Heinz, Henry Purdy and a penalty try, saw Gloucester open up a 26-6 lead. Bristol hit back with two tries in the final two minutes, courtesy of Jack Wallace and Luke Arscott – but despite Woodward’s last-gasp conversion, they left Kingsholm empty-handed.

What happened?

After an early aerial bombardment from the Gloucester half backs, Willi Heinz and Billy Burns, a typically powerful carry from centre Will Hurrell took Bristol into the hosts’ 22 – and when referee Matt Carley penalised the home side at the breakdown, Jason Woodward fired over from just inside the 22 to give Bristol a 3-0 lead.

The New Zealander doubled the advantage from directly under the posts on 17 minutes after another well-worked attacking set from the visitors had Gloucester on the back foot.

Back came the hosts and on 26 minutes, a sniping break from Heinz was followed up by a Tom Savage carry, but the second row was met head on by Hurrell, whose tackle and jackal earned Bristol a penalty and allowed Jarvis the opportunity to clear his lines.

Gloucester were now finding their stride and when Bristol hauled down a lineout illegally, Burns used the advantage to fire a cross-field kick towards Purdy. The winger though, was unable to gather and play was brought back for a penalty just outside the 22. James Hook, however, was unable to find his target and his effort drifted wide.

ON TARGET: Jason Woodward fires over a first half penalty (Photo: JMP UK).

Shortly before half time, Gloucester launched another attack - this time with a lineout five metres from the Bristol line – but the visiting defence stood firm once again and when referee Carley awarded another penalty to Mark Tainton's side, Bristol took a 6-0 lead into the break.

It didn’t last though, with Gloucester crossing for the game’s first try early in the second half, as Matt Scott burst through the midfield to touch down under the posts, leaving Hook the simplest of conversions for 7-6.

They almost added a second in quick succession, twice being held up over the line, as the home side piled on the pressure and Bristol desperately held on.

But the second score wasn’t long in coming and arrived courtesy of Willi Heinz's quick-thinking, as the scrum-half scooped up a loose ball at the back of a Bristol scrum before cruising over from five metres. Hook again, added the conversion.

Gloucester were rampant and soon added a third, with Jamal Ford-Robinson sin-binned for pulling down a maul and the referee awarding a penalty try to the hosts, converted by Hook.

BREAK: Jack Tovey fends off Billy Twelvetrees at Kingsholm (Photo: JMP UK).

Bristol looked to have found a way back into the game when Searle glided through a hole in the home defence and sent Fisher in next to the posts – but after consulting with the TMO the try was disallowed, with Phillips adjudged to have obstructed in the build-up.

At the other end, Purdy added the bonus point try 12 minutes from time to open up a 20-point lead.

Bristol launched a late fight back and Luke Arscott’s well-judged chip put Jack Wallace over just a minute from time – and with the clock ticking away, there was little time for the conversion, which was rushed and missed from out wide by Arscott.

Another try quickly followed that, from Luke Arscott, who fought his way to the line with a strong fend - but even with Woodward landing the conversion, Bristol were just short of a losing bonus point and it ended 26-18.

Key moment:

Gloucester’s quick-fire double early in the second half, courtesy of Matt Scott and Willi Heinz, shifted the momentum towards the home side and Bristol were never able to claw it back.

Photo of the match:

FACE-OFF: James Phillips is held up over the line during the second half (Photo: JMP UK). 

Man of the match: Will Hurrell

In a losing cause, Hurrell  continued his impressive form with another enormous showing for Bristol. The centre covered every blade of grass in attack and defence, carrying well and earning turnovers.

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The teams:

Bristol Rugby: Jason Woodward; Ryan Edwards (Arscott 68), Jack Tovey, Will Hurrell, Jack Wallace; Adrian Jarvis (Searle 61), Rhodri Williams (Cliff 51); Kyle Traynor (Bevington 58), Rob Hawkins (Jones 63), Gaston Cortes (Ford-Robinson 52), Jon Fisher, Mark Sorenson (Phillips 62), Mitch Eadie, Olly Robinson, Jordan Crane (c) (Fenton-Wells 62).

Replacements: Marc Jones, Ryan Bevington, Jamal Ford-Robinson, James Phillips, Nick Fenton-Wells, Will Cliff, Billy Searle, Luke Arscott.

Gloucester: James Hook; Charlie Sharples, Matt Scott, Mark Atkinson (Twelvetrees 40), Henry Purdy (Thorley 68); Billy Burns, Willi Heinz (capt) (Leidlaw 60); Paddy McAllister (Hohneck 51), Richard Hibbard (Lindsay 68), John Afoa (Doran-Jones 61); Tom Savage (Latta 65), Mariano Galarza; Lewis Ludlow, Jacob Rowan, Ben Morgan (Moriarty 47).

Replacements: Tom Lindsay, Josh Hohneck, Paul Doran-Jones, Joe Latta, Ross Moriarty, Greig Laidlaw, Billy Twelvetrees, Ollie Thorley.


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