First Team Fixtures
MATCH DAY OVERVIEW -Leeds Carnegie vs Bristol Rugby
|Last 3 matches|
|23/02/14||Bristol Rugby||43-12||Plymouth Albion|
|01/03/14||Bristol Rugby||34-26||Rotherham Titans|
|09/03/14||Bristol Rugby||46-33||Cornish Pirates|
|Average Pts Per Game||25.59|
|Last 3 matches|
|02/03/14||Leeds Carnegie||27-18||London Scottish|
|Average Pts Per Game||23.25|
Head 2 Head
MATCH DAY PREVIEW -Leeds Carnegie vs Bristol Rugby
Ruki Tipuna set for first league start since December
Ruki Tipuna is set for his first league start since December when Bristol Rugby face Leeds Carnegie on Sunday (3pm KO).
Andy Robinson’s men go to Headingley looking for a ninth straight victory in the Greene King IPA Championship.
Bristol make seven changes ahead of the top four clash, as Jack Wallace and Luke Eves also return to the backline.
Ross Johnston and Gaston Cortes are named in the front row, while Ross Rennie and Ben Skirving are included at openside flanker and no.8 respectively.
Marco Mama (ribs) and Stuart McInally (ankle) are unavailable for selection.
Robinson names a four forwards and three backs split on the replacements bench.
Bristol Rugby team to face Leeds Carnegie at Headingley on Sunday, 23 March (3pm):
Jack Wallace; Auguy Slowik, Adam Hughes, Luke Eves, Andy Short; Nicky Robinson, Ruki Tipuna; Kyle Traynor, Ross Johnston, Gaston Cortes, Ben Glynn, Mark Sorenson (c), Nick Koster, Ross Rennie, Ben Skirving.
Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, James Hall, Glen Townson, Mitch Eadie, Luke Baldwin, Adrian Jarvis, Jack Tovey.
|5||Mark Sorenson (c)|
MATCH DAY REPORT -Leeds Carnegie vs Bristol Rugby
Bristol Rugby 33-27 Leeds Carnegie
Bristol Rugby made it nine straight wins in the Greene King IPA Championship with an impressive 33-27 defeat of Leeds Carnegie on Sunday.
Andy Robinson’s men scored five tries at Headingley to seal the bonus point victory, as Ruki Tipuna (2), Ross Rennie, Nick Koster and Gaston Cortes all went over.
Bristol raced into an early 0-7 lead when Ross Rennie continued his prolific try-scoring form, dabbing down for a converted try following a well-worked driving lineout.
Glyn Hughes struck a penalty goal soon after, before seeing a second attempt on the quarter-hour ricochet off the upright.
The visitors pushed further ahead midway through the first period, capitalizing on another surge at the driving lineout. This time, Ruki Tipuna darted through an opening to dab down from close-range, while Robinson slotted the extras.
And Bristol raced into a 3-21 advantage as Nicky Robinson ghosted through the Carnegie midfield, before feeding Nick Koster to slide in under the posts for a third converted try.
Glyn Hughes reduced the deficit with a penalty goal, before the fly half added another seven points when he rounded off a neat Carnegie attack to touch down before the interval.
Bristol began the second half in sublime fashion as Ruki Tipuna notched the bonus point try within minutes of the restart.
The scrum half showed quick-thinking to scoop up possession after Luke Eves’ powerful break and stretch over. Robinson converted to move his side into a 13-28 lead.
Tipuna came close to recording a hat-trick when he found space down the outside channel only to be stopped close to the line, but Andy Robinson’s men didn’t have to wait long for another score.
From the next phase, Gaston Cortes rumbled over for his first try in Bristol colours, although Robinson saw his conversion strike the post.
As Bristol continued their attacking onslaught, Joe Graham and Jacob Rowan saw yellow in quick succession as Leeds were reduced to thirteen men.
In a fiery closing ten minutes, Jack Tovey was sin-binned for an adjudged off-the-ball challenge. With eighty minutes on the clock, Leeds ran in two tries to seal a losing bonus point.
First, Jonah Holmes dabbed down for a converted try, before Jacob Rowan added another score – converted by Hughes – moments later, but it did little to take the gloss off a composed away performance.
Jonah Holmes; Oli Goss, Jon Clarke, Fred Burdon, David Doherty; Glyn Hughes, James Doherty; Ben Harris, Phil Nilsen, Damien Tussac, Harry Casson, Mike Myerscough, David Sisi, Jacob Rowan (c), Ryan Burrows.
Replacements: Joe Graham (for Phil Nilsen, 59 mins), Lee Imiolek (for Ben Harris, 49 mins), Ben Hooper (for Damien Tussac, 70 mins), Nathan Hannay (for Harry Casson, 62 mins), Chris Walker (for David Sisi, 59 mins), Craig Hampson (for James Doherty, 40 mins), Alex Lozowski (for Oli Goss, 60 mins).
Jack Wallace; Auguy Slowik, Adam Hughes, Luke Eves, Andy Short; Nicky Robinson, Ruki Tipuna; Kyle Traynor, Rhys Lawrence, Gaston Cortes, Ben Glynn, Mark Sorenson (c), Nick Koster, Ross Rennie, Ben Skirving.
Replacements: Ollie Hayes (for Rhys Lawrence, 77 mins), James Hall (for Gaston Cortes, 60 mins), Glen Townson (for Ben Glynn, 60 mins), Mitch Eadie (for Nick Koster, 60 mins), Luke Baldwin (for Ruki Tipuna, 79 mins), Adrian Jarvis (for Nicky Robinson, 77 mins), Jack Tovey (for Andy Short, 48 mins).
Referee: Tom Foley
|Date||23rd March 2014|
|Competition||Greene King IPA Championship|
|4||Mark Sorenson (c)|
|7||Jacob Rowan (c)||1|