First Team Fixtures
MATCH DAY OVERVIEW -Bristol Rugby vs London Welsh
|Last 3 matches|
|30/04/14||Bristol Rugby||82-28||Ealing Trailfinders|
|04/04/14||Bristol Rugby||39-24||Rotherham Titans|
|Average Pts Per Game||25.59|
|Last 3 matches|
|23/04/14||London Welsh||29-11||Bedford Blues|
|30/04/14||London Welsh||32-21||London Scottish|
|Average Pts Per Game||24.38|
Head 2 Head
MATCH DAY PREVIEW -Bristol Rugby vs London Welsh
Bristol make four changes for Exiles
Bristol Rugby welcome London Welsh to the Memorial Stadium on Friday as first play second in the Greene King IPA Championship (7.45pm KO).
Andy Robinson makes four changes from the side that beat Moseley last weekend as Bristol go in search of a twelfth successive league win.
Jack Tovey comes into the midfield in place of Adam Hughes, while Luke Baldwin replaces Ruki Tipuna, who is unavailable with an ankle injury.
In the forwards, James Hall and Gaston Cortes are named in the front row, while the rest of the pack remains unchanged. Kyle Traynor (ribs) is sidelined.
Glen Townson and Marco Mama return to full fitness to be included among the replacements.
Bristol Rugby team to face London Welsh at the Memorial Stadium on Friday, 18 April (7.45pm KO):
Jack Wallace; George Watkins, Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, Andy Short; Nicky Robinson, Luke Baldwin; James Hall, Rhys Lawrence, Gaston Cortes, Mark Sorenson (c), Ben Glynn, Nick Koster, Ross Rennie, Mitch Eadie.
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Jason Hobson, Glen Townson, Marco Mama, Callum Braley, Adrian Jarvis, Adam Hughes.
|5||Mark Sorenson (c)|
MATCH DAY REPORT -Bristol Rugby vs London Welsh
Bristol Rugby 25-21 London Welsh
Bristol Rugby guaranteed first place in the Greene King IPA Championship, beating London Welsh 25-21 in front of over 8,000 supporters on Friday.
Ben Mosses grabbed a brace, while George Watkins and Mitch Eadie also crossed at the Memorial Stadium.
The home side came close to going in front inside two minutes, only for referee Luke Pearce – after guidance from the TMO – adjudged that there had been an infringement in the build-up.
In a hugely physical first period – in which Bristol enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and territory – neither side could find a breakthrough until late in the half.
And it was top-scorer George Watkins who provided the points, capitalizing on an overlap to canter over from six metres for an unconverted try.
Alex Davies saw his long-range penalty goal attempt fade short soon after the interval, before Bristol doubled their advantage courtesy of Mitch Eadie’s effort.
The back-rower – a constant thorn in the Exiles’ side – collected Mark Sorenson’s long pass to cross the whitewash in front of a raucous Blackthorn End.
With London Welsh tiring, Rhys Lawrence was inches away from a third following Nicky Robinson’s quickly taken penalty.
As the hour mark approached, Ben Mosses engineered an opening between two red shirted defenders to go in under the posts for a converted try, stretching the lead to 17-0.
And the centre secured the bonus point with his second try of the evening, crashing over after a flowing Bristol attack that saw forwards and backs combine in style.
But London Welsh found a route back into the game with two tries in quick succession. First, replacement scrum half Chris Cook touched down, while Alex Davies converted.
Then, Joe Ajuwa rounded off a counter attack after Seb Stegmann’s sixty metre stunning solo break. Alex Davies converted from the angle to reduce arrears to 22-14.
Richard Thorpe was red-carded for punching soon after and Nicky Robinson had struck the resulting penalty goal to give Andy Robinson’s men breathing space.
With time running out, Joe Ajuwa powered his way over for his second of the evening – converted by Davies - to rescue a losing bonus point for the visitors.
Auguy Slowik; George Watkins, Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, Andy Short; Nicky Robinson, Luke Baldwin; James Hall, Rhys Lawrence, Gaston Cortes, Mark Sorenson (c), Ben Glynn, Nick Koster, Marco Mama, Mitch Eadie.
Replacements: Stuart McInally (for Rhys Lawrence, 76 mins), Jason Hobson (for Gaston Cortes, 72 mins), Glen Townson (for Mark Sorenson, 79 mins), Ben Skirving (for Nick Koster, 72 mins), Callum Braley (for Luke Baldwin, 76 mins), Adrian Jarvis, Adam Hughes (for Ben Mosses, 76 mins).
Toby L'Estrange; Seb Stegmann, Tom May (c), Hudson Tonga'uiha, Joe Ajuwa; Alex Davies, Tyson Keats; Tom Bristow, Nathan Vella, Peter Edwards, Matt Corker, Will Spencer, Richard Thorpe, Carl Kirwan, Daniel Browne.
Replacements: Nathan Morris (for Nathan Vella, 65 mins), Nathan Trevett (for Tom Bristow, 40 mins), Cai Griffiths (for Peter Edwards, 65 mins), Ben West (for Will Spencer, 63 mins), John Quill (for Dan Browne, 65 mins), Chris Cook (for Tyson Keats, 52 mins), James Tincknell (for Toby L’Estrange, 42 mins).
Referee: Luke Pearce
ITEC UK Man of the Match: Gaston Cortes
|Date||18th April 2014|
|Competition||Greene King IPA Championship|
|5||Mark Sorenson (c)|
|13||Tom May (c)|