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Report: Moseley 14-59 Bristol Rugby

Bristol Rugby maintained an unbeaten start to the campaign with a comprehensive 59-14 defeat of Moseley on Saturday. 

Ross Johnston bagged a brace, while Matthew Morgan, David Lemi, Ryan Edwards, Ben Mosses, Max Crumpton and Auguy Slowik also touched down at Billesley Common. Bristol also added a second half penalty try in a one-sided affair.

Sam Olver missed an opportunity to kick Moseley into an early lead and, despite plenty of Bristol attacking pressure; the visitors couldn’t find a way through a spirited red and black defence in the opening twenty minutes.

The deadlock was eventually broken on the half hour mark, as Ross Johnston finished off a well-worked set piece to dab down in the corner, while Morgan converted.

The diminutive fly half added a sublime second moments later, showing quick feet to race in from thirty-five metres for a converted score, stretching the advantage to 0-14.

And, in the space of eight minutes, Bristol added a third converted try when Jack Lam rampaged clear before feeding Ross Johnston to go in under the posts.

The bonus point was sealed before the interval as David Lemi skipped through several tackles to canter over for a fine solo try, which Morgan duly converted to move the score to 0-28 at half-time.

Andy Robinson’s men added a penalty try after the break, before Ryan Edwards pounced on a defensive slip-up to canter over for Bristol’s sixth of the afternoon. Replacement fly half Adrian Jarvis slotted the extras, putting his side 0-42 up.

Greg King’s close-range try put Moseley on the scoresheet, but Bristol hit back almost immediately as Ben Mosses found himself in acres of space to race over in the corner.

King notched his second when the centre bundled his way over the whitewash following confusion in the visiting defence, while Olver struck the conversion.

Max Crumpton and Auguy Slowik added further tries for Bristol to move the score to 14-59, before Crumpton saw yellow to reduce the visitors to fourteen men in a breathless second half.


Michael Penn; Drew Cheshire, Greg King, Will Owen, Scott Armstrong; Sam Olver, Sam Brown; Craig Voisey, Scott Tolmie, Stefan Thorp, Greg Charlton, Mike Powell, Harry Hone, Joe Carpenter, Ed Siggery.

Replacements: Tom Warren (for Craig Voisey, 61 mins), Adam Caves (for Scott Tolmie, 51 mins), Adam Parkins (for Stefan Thorp, 51 mins), Nile Dacres (for Greg Charlton, 41 mins), Charley Thomas (for Joe Carpenter, 37 mins), Dave Brazier (for Sam Brown, 69 mins), Coalan Ryan (for Michael Penn, 70 mins).

Bristol Rugby:

Auguy Slowik; David Lemi, Gareth Maule, Ben Mosses, Ryan Edwards; Matthew Morgan, Dwayne Peel (c); Kyle Traynor, Ross Johnston, Anthony Perenise, Ian Evans, Mark Sorenson, Jack Lam, Ross Rennie, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Max Crumpton (for Ross Johnston, 60 mins), James Hall (for Anthony Perenise, 71 mins), Ben Glynn (for Mark Sorenson, 69 mins), Marco Mama (for Ross Rennie, 29 mins), Craig Hampson (for Dwayne Peel, 66 mins), Adrian Jarvis (for Matthew Morgan, 51 mins), Luke Eves (for Ben Mosses, 64 mins).

Referee: Steve Lee