- The Championship
- Friday, November 17th 2017
- Emerald Headingley
Will Carpenter reports from Emerald Headingley
Report: Yorkshire Carnegie 14-44 Bristol Rugby
Saturday, November 18th 2017
Two tries from Luke Morahan and a faultless kicking display from Ian Madigan inspired Bristol Rugby to a ruthless bonus-point win over Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley on Friday night.
The Australian crossed in either half – the first a stunning solo effort from 40 metres – while Madigan kicked eight from eight for a 19-point haul from the tee, after Tusi Pisi’s 15th-minute try had got the ball rolling.
Jordan Williams added a fine solo effort of his own early in the second half, swerving and stepping his way to the line from just inside the Carnegie half, before the hosts hit back with a quick-fire double from Richard Beck and Steve McColl.
Ross McMillan crashed over for the bonus-point try 13 minutes from time, to put Pat Lam’s side out of sight, before Morahan capped a commanding away performance with his second and Bristol’s fifth, eight minutes from time.
Pat Lam made six changes to the side that beat Rotherham at Ashton Gate, with Steven Luatua coming into the back row as skipper.
Jordan Williams and Ian Madigan also returned, while Jack Tovey made his first league start since September, while international duo, Ryan Bevington and Gaston Cortes, came into the front row.
After a cagey opening quarter, Tusi Pisi illuminated proceedings with the evening’s opening try, selling an audacious dummy to ghost in from just outside the hosts’ 22 on 15 minutes.
Madigan landed the touchline conversion, before adding two of three first half penalties, as the visitors opened up a 13-0 lead on the half hour.
Luke Morahan grabbed Bristol’s second on 34 minutes, beating Jack Whetton with a delightful swerve before speeding in from 40 metres for a sensational individual effort.
Madigan’s hot streak continued as he nailed another touchline conversion, before a third penalty of the half made it 23-0 at the break.
It was more of the same when the second half got under way, as Jordan Williams put his hat in the ring for try of the match with a trademark step and sprint to the line.
Yorkshire mounted a spirited fightback with two tries in four minutes from Richard Beck – who applied the finishing touches to a slick handling move – and Steve McColl, who converted both to close the gap to 16 points.
But Ross McMillan’s powerful finish, after strong work from Steven Luatua in the build-up, sealed the bonus point on 67 minutes and sent Bristol on their way to a ninth successive league win.
There was still time for a fifth try – and 50th of the season for Bristol – as Luke Morahan rounded off a neat interchange between Tom Varndell and Dan Thomas to complete a commanding away win for Pat Lam’s men.
Two tries in four minutes saw Yorkshire Carnegie close the gap to 16 points, after a ruthless first half display from Bristol. But Ross McMillan’s 67th minute try, to seal the bonus point, put the game out of Yorkshire’s reach, before Morahan’s second put the icing on the cake.
Man of the match: Ian Madigan
Assured, accurate and controlling – this was the complete performance from the Irish fly half, who finished with a 19-point haul at Headingley.
Madigan kicked eight from eight from the tee – five conversions and three penalties – to lead Bristol a ninth successive GKIPA Championship win.
But aside from his goal kicking, Madigan dictated play throughout, leading the way in a fine away performance in Yorkshire.
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Bristol Rugby: Jordan Williams; Luke Morahan, Jack Tovey, Tusi Pisi, Tom Varndell; Ian Madigan, Andy Uren; Ryan Bevington, Ross McMillan, Gaston Cortes, Joe Joyce, Sam Jeffries, Steven Luatua, Dan Thomas, Jordan Crane (c).
Replacements: Ben Gompels, Soane Tonga’uiha, Nicky Thomas, Joe Batley, Rhodri Williams, Callum Sheedy, Will Hurrell.
Yorkshire Carnegie: Stevie McColl, George Watkins, Chris Elder, Tom Casson, Louis Brown, Pete Lucock, Will Homer; Marc Thomas, Joe Buckle, Charlie Beech, Jack Whetton, Mike Myerscough, Richard Beck, Richard Mayhew (c), Ollie Stedman.
Replacements: Harry Newborn, Charlie Capps, James Thraves, Ben West, Josh Bainbridge, Oliver Fox, Fred Burdon.
- Beck, McColl
- McColl (2)
- Yellow Cards:
- McMillan, Pisi, Morahan (2), Williams
- Madigan (5)
- Madigan (3)
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