Nine-Try Bristol Secure Quarter Final
Bristol Rugby 61 - 12 Cardiff
Bristol Rugby confirmed their place in the B&I Cup knockout stages with a stunning 61-12 demolition of Cardiff at the Memorial Stadium on Friday.
Liam Middleton’s side scored nine tries to book a home quarter final, as Ben Mosses (2), George Watkins (2), Tristan Roberts, Wayne Thompson, Rhys Lawrence, Fautua Otto and Ruki Tipuna all crossing.
In a lively opening period, Bristol tested the visiting defence, forcing openings through Jack Tovey and Fautua Otto.
Ben Mosses opened the scoring in the eighth minute when the centre sliced through the Cardiff midfield to round off a neat backline move. Roberts slotted the conversion as the hosts raced into a 7-0 lead.
Bristol extended their advantage on the quarter-hour when the impressive Tristan Roberts beat several defenders to go in under the posts for a fine solo try, which was duly converted.
After Cardiff’s James Murphy had skewed a penalty goal attempt wide of the upright, Liam Middleton’s men came within inches of adding a third following a period of heavy pressure, only for George Watkins to be stopped by a last-ditch cover tackle.
Bristol did notch another soon after, as Rhys Lawrence muscled his way over the whitewash from close-range for a converted score.
The bonus point was sealed on the half-hour mark when Wayne Thompson caught the Cardiff defence napping to touch down. Roberts converted to give his side a commanding 28-0 lead.
Bristol went in 35-0 up at the half-time break when George Watkins collected Jack Tovey’s offload to dab down in the corner for a converted try, capping a dominant forty minutes for the home side.
Cardiff began the second period in determined fashion and reduced the arrears, courtesy of Will Thomas’ sublime try. The Filton College product accelerated clear to stretch over in the corner and give the Welshmen a glimmer of hope.
Bristol almost hit back immediately when Alafoti Faosiliva broke clear, before Cardiff’s James Murphy was sin-binned. The hosts took full advantage minutes later, as Ruki Tipuna coasted in for a converted try, moving the score to 42-5.
The scoring procession continued as Fautua Otto waltzed through to dab down, before George Watkins capitalized on some stunning handling to score a superb converted try.
As Cardiff tired, Ben Mosses completed the rout when he cantered in late on, while Cardiff’s Joe Griffin bundled his way over for a consolation effort.
Jack Tovey; George Watkins, Fautua Otto, Ben Mosses, Ryan Edwards; Tristan Roberts, Ruki Tipuna (c); Bruce Douglas, Rhys Lawrence, Wayne Thompson, Ben Glynn, Glen Townson, Alafoti Faosiliva, James Merriman, Marco Mama.
Replacements: Tom Channon (for Rhys Lawrence, 77 mins), Mark Lilley (for Wayne Thompson, 60 mins), George Biagi (for Alafoti Faosiliva, 60 mins), Redford Pennycook, James Grindal, Adrian Jarvis, Jon Goodridge (for Fautua Otto, 67 mins).
Joe Griffin; Jack Phillips, Max Woodward, Will Thomas, Ifan Evans; James Thomas, Alex Walker; Campese Mafau, Aaron Fowler (c), Rhys James, Dan Partridge, Mathew Screech, Nick White, James Murphy, Alwyn Lee.
Replacements : Lewis Smout (for Rhys James, 65 mins), Josh Dunleavy (for Aaron Fowler, 70 mins), Dan Apsee (for Dan Partridge, 59 mins), Rhys Luckwell (for Alwyn Lee, 40 mins), Garyn Lucas, Jamie Davies (for James Thomas, 56 mins), Shaun Powell (for Ifan Evans, 56 mins).
Referee: Gary Conway