First Team Fixtures
MATCH DAY OVERVIEW -Bristol Rugby vs Rotherham Titans
|Last 3 matches|
|02/11/13||Bristol Rugby||38-31||Plymouth Albion|
|10/11/13||Bristol Rugby||7-22||London Welsh|
|Average Pts Per Game||25.59|
|Last 3 matches|
|24/10/13||Rotherham Titans||24-23||London Scottish|
|10/11/13||Rotherham Titans||10-19||Leeds Carnegie|
|Average Pts Per Game||21.15|
Head 2 Head
MATCH DAY PREVIEW -Bristol Rugby vs Rotherham Titans
Bryan Rennie accelerates clear
Gaston Cortes will make his first Championship start of the campaign when Bristol face Rotherham Titans on Sunday (3pm KO).
Andy Robinson makes a total of six changes for the Memorial Stadium clash as Bristol aim to extend a 100% home record against the high-flying Yorkshire outfit.
In the backline, Tristan Roberts returns at fly half, while Charlie Amesbury makes a first league appearance since September.
Mark Lilley comes into the front row, while Mitch Eadie is set for his first full league start of the season alongside the returning Redford Pennycook.
Bristol name a strong replacements bench that includes a fully-fit Jason Hobson and Bath loanee Nick Koster.
Ben Glynn – who impressed as skipper in Bristol United’s 40-10 victory over Cambridge – is rewarded with a place in the 22-man squad alongside England U20 scrum half Callum Braley.
Bristol Rugby team to face Rotherham Titans at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday, 17 November (3pm KO):
Adam D’Arcy; George Watkins, Bryan Rennie, Ben Mosses, Charlie Amesbury; Tristan Roberts, Ruki Tipuna; Mark Lilley, Ross Johnston, Gaston Cortes, Glen Townson, Mark Sorenson (c), Marco Mama, Redford Pennycook, Mitch Eadie.
Replacements: Ollie Hayes, Jason Hobson, Ben Glynn, Nick Koster, Callum Braley, Adrian Jarvis, Andy Short.
|5||Mark Sorenson (c)|
MATCH DAY REPORT -Bristol Rugby vs Rotherham Titans
Bristol Rugby 36-26 Rotherham Titans
Bristol Rugby withstood a second half fightback to seal a 36-26 victory over Rotherham Titans at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
Andy Robinson’s men extended their 100% home record with a bonus point win, as Redford Pennycook, Adam D’Arcy, Ruki Tipuna and Charlie Amesbury all crossed.
Rotherham took the lead when Juan Pablo Socino struck an angled three-pointer following an early spell of pressure from the visitors.
Bristol looked certain to cross soon after, but Mark Tampin’s professional foul close to the line – an infringement that saw the prop sin-binned – stopped Ruki Tipuna in his tracks.
The hosts seized the initiative from the resulting five metre scrum, as Redford Pennycook muscled his way over for an unconverted try.
As Bristol found some attacking rhythm, Titans were reduced to thirteen men when Barney Maddison was yellow carded for a deliberate knock-on.
And Adam D’Arcy stretched the advantage to 10-3 when the full-back capitalized on a four-man overlap to canter over for an unconverted try midway through the first period.
Tristan Roberts and Mitch Eadie came close to a third Bristol try, before the home side did eventually find a way through the Titans defence to open up a commanding lead.
After the pack had won a penalty at the opposition scrum, Ruki Tipuna showed quick thinking to burrow over from close range. Roberts landed the conversion to put his side 17-3 up.
Before the interval, both sides traded two penalties apiece - courtesy of Socino and Roberts – as Bristol went in at half-time in control at 23-9.
Andy Robinson’s men secured the bonus point within minutes of the restart. Charlie Amesbury marked an impressive return to first team action with a try, outpacing the Titans defence to dab down following a kick ahead. Roberts added the extras as Bristol went 30-9 in front.
The visitors reduced the deficit when Tom Cruse powered through several challenges to thunder over from ten metres for a converted score.
Tristan Roberts kept the scoreboard ticking over with a penalty goal, but Rotherham kept in touch when Juan Pablo Socino latched onto Charlie Mulchrone’s offload to race over, before converting his try.
After Gaston Cortes had been sin-binned for not rolling away, Juan Pablo Socino landed a long-range penalty goal to put the Yorkshire side within seven points.
After a spell of committed defence from Bristol, Adrian Jarvis’ late penalty goal ensured a sixth bonus point win of the Greene King IPA Championship campaign.
Adam D’Arcy; George Watkins, Bryan Rennie, Ben Mosses, Charlie Amesbury; Tristan Roberts, Ruki Tipuna; Mark Lilley, Ross Johnston, Gaston Cortes, Mark Sorenson (c), Glen Townson, Marco Mama, Redford Pennycook, Mitch Eadie.
Replacements: Ollie Hayes (for Ross Johnston, 70 mins) Jason Hobson (for Mitch Eadie, 68 mins), Ben Glynn (for Mark Sorenson, 59 mins), Nick Koster (for Redford Pennycook, 59 mins), Callum Braley (for Bryan Rennie, 78 mins), Adrian Jarvis (for Tristan Roberts, 70 mins), Andy Short (for George Watkins, 40 mins).
Sean Scanlon; Jamie Broadley, Jack Roberts, Juan Pablo Socino, Michael Keating; Joel Hodgson, Charlie Mulchrone (c); Marshall Gadd, Tom Cruse, Mark Tampin, Barney Maddison, Dan Sanderson, Ed Williamson, Ali Birch, Alfie To'oala.
Replacements: Jack Preece (for Ed Williamson, 40 mins) Robin Hislop (for Marshall Gadd, 40 mins), Colin Quigley (for Mark Tampin, 40 mins), Toby Freeman (for Tom Cruse, 73 mins), Laurence Pearce (for Alfie To’oala, 40 mins), Dan White (for Charlie Mulchrone, 73 mins), Joel Gill (for Jamie Broadley, 56 mins).
Referee: Tom Foley
|Date||17th November 2013|
|Competition||Greene King IPA Championship|
|5||Mark Sorenson (c)|
|9||Charlie Mulchrone (c)|
|12||Juan Pablo Socino||1||2||4|