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REPORT: Nottingham 10-16 Bristol Rugby

Match Report

Saturday, January 2nd 2016

The Championship

Nottingham 10 - 16 Bristol Rugby*

HT 0-5

Robinson Tries Varndell (2)
Millett Conversions
Rayner Penalties Jarvis (2)


Att: 1197

Venue: Ladybay

Ref: Tim Wigglesworth



  • 1 Kieran James Davies
  • 2 Jonathan Fenwick Vickers
  • 3 Conor James Carey
  • 4 Benjamin Mark Morris
  • 5 Joe Green
  • 6 Rupert Adam Cooper
  • 7 Matthew Edward Everard
  • 8 Paul William Grant
  • 9 Darryl Leo Veenendaal
  • 10 Lawrence Rayner
  • 11 Viliame Iongi
  • 12 Viliami Ahofono Hakalo
  • 13 Ben Woods
  • 14 Sam Coghlan Murray
  • 15 William Rufus Robinson


  • 16 J.J. Broberg
  • 17 Thomas Heard
  • 18 Joshua Martyn Poullet
  • 19 Robert William Langley
  • 20 Murray Adam McConnell
  • 21 William Roger Millett
  • 22 Richard Andrew

Bristol Rugby

  • 1 Jack James O'Connell
  • 2 Geraint Marc Jones
  • 3 Anthony Isaac Perenise
  • 4 Glen Christian Townson
  • 5 Mark Richard Sorenson
  • 6 Joseph John Joyce
  • 7 Jack Tafa Lam
  • 8 Mitchell William Eadie
  • 9 William Peter Samuel Cliff
  • 10 Adrian Thomas Jarvis
  • 11 David Lemi
  • 12 Ben Charles G. Mosses
  • 13 Jack Terence Tovey
  • 14 Thomas William Varndell
  • 15 Jack Edward Wallace


  • 16 Peter Ross McMillan
  • 17 Ellis Genge
  • 18 Jamal Michael Ford-Robinson
  • 19 James Montague Phillips
  • 20 Joshua James McLaren Ovens
  • 21 Craig J. Hampson
  • 22 Matthew James Morgan

Bristol Rugby secured a hard-fought 16-10 victory over Nottingham in difficult conditions on Saturday.

Tom Varndell bagged a brace to secure a first win of 2016 in bog-like conditions at the Lady Bay Sports Ground.

In a scrappy opening quarter, Adrian Jarvis struck the upright with a penalty goal attempt, before Bristol did go in front after a spell of pressure.

Tom Varndell was the man who finished a slick move that saw Will Cliff and Mitch Eadie exchange passes, although Jarvis couldn’t add the conversion.

Nottingham came close before the interval, but Bristol held firm to maintain a 0-5 lead at the half-time break.

The visitors started the second half in explosive fashion as Tom Varndell raced in for his second of the afternoon following Marc Jones’ determined gallop downfield.

Lawrence Rayner’s penalty goal put Nottingham within a converted try at 3-10, but an Adrian Jarvis three pointer soon after gave Robinson’s men breathing space.

Rayner skewed an attempt at the posts late on, while Jarvis landed an attempt of his own in the dying stages. Billy Robinson’s last-gasp try handed Nottingham a consolation, but Bristol held on to get the new year underway with a Greene King IPA Championship victory.


Billy Robinson; Sam Coghlan Murray, Ben Woods, Vili Hakalo, Pila Iongi; Lawrence Rayner, Darryl Veenendaal; Kieran Davies, Jon Vickers, Conor Carey, Ben Morris, Joe Green, Rupert Cooper, Matt Everard (c), Paul Grant.

Replacements:JJ Broberg, Tom Heard (for Conor Carey, 77 mins), Josh Poullet, Rob Langley (for Joe Green, 33 mins), Murray McConnell (for Daryl Veenendaal, 57 mins), Will Millett (for Lawrence Rayner, 80 mins), Ricky Andrew (for Coghlan Murray, 60 mins).

Bristol Rugby:

Jack Wallace; Tom Varndell, Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, David Lemi (c); Adrian Jarvis, Will Cliff; Jack O’Connell, Marc Jones, Anthony Perenise, Glen Townson, Mark Sorenson, Joe Joyce, Jack Lam, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Ross McMillan (for Marc Jones, 60 mins), Ellis Genge (for Jack O’Connell, 70 mins), Jamal Ford-Robinson (for Anthony Perenise, 63 mins), James Phillips (for Mark Sorenson, 29 mins), Josh Ovens, Craig Hampson, Matthew Morgan (for Tom Varndell, 77 mins).

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

Attendance: 1,197

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