First Team Fixtures
MATCH DAY OVERVIEW -Bristol Rugby vs Ealing Trailfinders
|Last 3 matches|
|01/03/14||Bristol Rugby||34-26||Rotherham Titans|
|09/03/14||Bristol Rugby||46-33||Cornish Pirates|
|23/03/14||Bristol Rugby||33-27||Leeds Carnegie|
|Average Pts Per Game||25.59|
|Last 3 matches|
|08/03/14||Ealing Trailfinders||13-42||London Scottish|
|15/03/14||Ealing Trailfinders||23-39||Bedford Blues|
|Average Pts Per Game||10.09|
Head 2 Head
MATCH DAY PREVIEW -Bristol Rugby vs Ealing Trailfinders
Jason Hobson returns to the matchday squad for the first time in over four months when Bristol Rugby face Ealing Trailfinders on Sunday (3pm KO).
The prop – who was sidelined with a knee injury in November – returns as Bristol go in search of a tenth straight victory in the Greene King IPA Championship.
Andy Robinson makes nine changes from the side that beat Leeds Carnegie last weekend, as Jack Tovey makes his first league start since December.
Ryan Edwards and Charlie Amesbury are named on either wing, while Bryan Rennie comes back into the midfield. Adrian Jarvis and Luke Baldwin form a new-look half-back partnership.
In the pack, Mark Lilley and Glen Townson return to the starting line-up, while Iain Grieve – who makes his first league outing since the win over Nottingham at Meadow Lane in February – starts in the back row.
Stuart McInally recovers from an ankle injury to be included among the replacements, alongside Callum Braley and George Watkins.
Bristol Rugby team to face Ealing Trailfinders at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday, 30 March (3pm KO):
Jack Wallace; Ryan Edwards, Jack Tovey, Bryan Rennie, Charlie Amesbury; Adrian Jarvis, Luke Baldwin; Mark Lilley, Rhys Lawrence, Gaston Cortes, Ben Glynn, Glen Townson, Iain Grieve, Ross Rennie, Ben Skirving (c).
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Jason Hobson, Mark Sorenson, Mitch Eadie, Callum Braley, Nicky Robinson, George Watkins.
|8||Ben Skirving (c)|
MATCH DAY REPORT -Bristol Rugby vs Ealing Trailfinders
Bristol Rugby 82-28 Ealing Trailfinders
Bristol Rugby confirmed a place in the play-offs in style with an 82-28 rout of Ealing Trailfinders on Sunday.
In the Club’s record league win, Bristol scored twelve tries at the Memorial Stadium as Charlie Amesbury (3), Jack Wallace (2), Luke Baldwin, Bryan Rennie, Jack Tovey, Iain Grieve, Ollie Hayes, George Watkins and Mitch Eadie all touched down.
The victory – Bristol’s tenth in succession in the Greene King IPA Championship – keeps Andy Robinson’s men top of the league with three rounds of fixtures remaining.
Jack Wallace handed Bristol a flying start when the full back waltzed through several Ealing defenders to touch down under the posts inside the opening minute.
In an error-strewn opening period, the home side doubled their advantage as forwards and backs combined in magnificent fashion to send Luke Baldwin over for a converted score.
With half an hour on the clock, Bryan Rennie – who had an earlier attempt chalked off by referee David Proctor for an adjudged forward pass - cantered in from close range to put Bristol in control at 21-0.
And, after Ealing skipper Mat Evans was yellow carded, Jack Wallace stretched over on the stroke of the interval for a converted try, giving Andy Robinson’s men a commanding 28-0 half-time lead.
But the Trailfinders started the second period brightly and reduced the deficit when Andrew Henderson bundled his way across the whitewash for a converted try.
The home side responded with a fifth try, courtesy of Charlie Amesbury. The winger touched down after slick hands from the Bristol backline, although Adrian Jarvis directed his conversion attempt wide.
In a frenetic five minutes, Andrew Henderson notched his and Ealing’s second of the afternoon after a defensive slip-up, before Jack Tovey hit back moments later with a powerful solo effort.
After Mitch Eadie had gone close with a superb break, Iain Grieve marked his return to first team action with a try, rampaging in for a stunning sixty metre effort. Adrian Jarvis slotted the extras to move his side 47-14 ahead on the hour mark.
The procession of tries continued as replacement hooker Richard Townsend burrowed over from close-range to give Ealing faint hopes of a comeback, but the visitors then lost Andrew Henderson and Steve Neville to the sin-bin in quick succession soon after.
Bristol capitalized on their numerical advantage as Charlie Amesbury spotted a gaping hole in the Trailfinders’ defence, before replacements George Watkins and Ollie Hayes both got in on the act minutes later.
Amesbury completed an impressive hat-trick with Bristol’s eleventh try, before Mitch Eadie rounded off the rout, outpacing Phil Chesters to go in under the posts.
Ealing had the final say of the afternoon as Tom Parker dabbed down to secure a vital losing bonus point for the relegation threatened side.
Jack Wallace; Ryan Edwards, Jack Tovey, Bryan Rennie, Charlie Amesbury; Adrian Jarvis, Luke Baldwin; Mark Lilley, Rhys Lawrence, Gaston Cortes, Mark Sorenson, Glen Townson, Iain Grieve, Ross Rennie, Ben Skirving (c).
Replacements: Ollie Hayes (for Rhys Lawrence, 64 mins), Jason Hobson (for Gaston Cortes, 40 mins), Redford Pennycook (for Ross Rennie, 71 mins), Mitch Eadie (for Mark Sorenson, 50 mins), Callum Braley (for Luke Baldwin, 50 mins), Nicky Robinson, George Watkins (for Bryan Rennie, 52 mins).
Andrew Henderson; Chris Kinloch, Ronnie Mclean, Tom Bedford, Phil Chesters; Ben Ward, Morgan Thompson; Ryan Storer, Andrei Radoi, Conor Carey, Steve Pape, Gavin Curry, Adam Preocanin, Alex Bradley, Mat Evans (c).
Replacements: Richard Townsend (for Andre Radoi, 50 mins), Steve Neville (for Ryan Storer, 32 mins), Tim Brockett (for Conor Carey, 40 mins), Sam Hocking (for Alex Bradley, 59 mins), TJ Anderson (for Steve Pape, 28 mins), Tom Parker (for Morgan Thompson, 74 mins), Tom Wheatcroft (for Ronnie Mclean, 74 mins).
Referee: David Proctor
ITEC UK Man Of The Match: Jack Tovey
|Date||30th March 2014|
|Competition||Greene King IPA Championship|
|8||Ben Skirving (c)|
|8||Mat Evans (c)|