U20s Seal Impressive Victory
Bristol U20s 25 - 12 Munster U20s
Bristol U20s stormed to a memorable 25-12 victory over a strong Munster U20s touring side on Tuesday evening.
Ludovic Hopkinson (2), Auguy Slowik and Jack Hughes all crossed for Mike Hall’s side in a dominant display at Clifton RFC’s Cribbs Causeway ground.
Bristol seized the early initiative and went in front inside ten minutes with an opportunist score. Fly half Ludovic Hopkinson intercepted a flat pass in midfield to coast in under the posts for a converted try.
Following a spell of attacking pressure, the hosts stretched their advantage when Munster were reduced to fourteen men after Dan Goggin saw yellow for deliberate blocking. Mark Cooke’s well-taken penalty gave Bristol a 10-0 lead, before Jack Hughes marked an impressive display with a try.
Capitalising on Ludovic Hopkinson’s smart crossfield kick, the Academy full back went over in the corner. Cooke failed to convert from the angle, so the score remained 15-0.
Munster hit back on the half hour mark as Dan Goggin made amends for his earlier yellow card, crashing over from close range for a converted effort.
Academy Manager Mike Hall introduced England U20s front rower Ellis Genge at the interval and the prop made an instant impact, punching a hole in the Munster defence and breaking clear.
From the resulting play, Auguy Slowik showed a flash of individual brilliance to outpace two defenders and collect his own grubber kick to score.
The visitors refused to give up and, after Callum Lynch saw yellow for Bristol, reduced the arrears courtesy of Dan Goggin’s second try of the evening, moving the score to 20-12.
Munster enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the second half, but the hosts showed grit in defence to keep the Irish outfit at bay.
With less than five minutes remaining, Ludi Hopkinson all but sealed victory with his second of the game – a stunning chip over the static defence to fly over for a converted try.
Munster came within inches of notching a consolation score on the stroke of full time, but a fine Jack Hughes cover tackle ensured Bristol came away with a deserved – and hugely impressive – victory at Clifton RFC.
Bristol Rugby U20s:
Jack Hughes; Ben Foley, Lucas Slowik, Mark Cooke (c), Auguy Slowik; Ludi Hopkinson, Andy Uren; Tom Boot, Callum Lynch, Mike Flook, Jake Holcombe, Henry Ivall, Callum Wallis, Steve Uren, Fergus Manners.
Replacements: Ellis Genge (for Tom Boot, 40 mins), George Hargreaves (for Callum Wallis, 55 mins), Max Cresswell (for Jake Holcombe, 40 mins), Monty Reed (for Fergus Manners, 28 mins), Connor Duffy (for Steve Uren, 55 mins), Harry Knowles (for Andy Uren, 65 mins), Cameron Jefferies (for Lucas Slowik, 31 mins), Sam Smith, (for Ben Foley, 40 mins), Adam Lambert (for Auguy Slowik, 56 mins).
David Johnston; Dan Goggin, Ned Hodson, Mark Healy, Alex Wootton; Gearoid Lyons, Ryan Foley; Conor Glynn, Ben Burns, James Maxwell, Patrick Kearns, Darragh Moloney, Tadgh Arrogan, Aiden Butler, Lee Nicholas.
Replacements: Sean McGee, Max Abbott, Miley Lynch, Adam Horgan, John Madigan, Sonny Dwyer, Tom Ryan, Aaron Atkinson, Shane Airey, Sam Sterling, Chris McAuliffe, Adrian Enright.