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Bristol Secure Victory Over Resilient Scots

Bristol Secure Victory Over Resilient Scots

Bristol Rugby eased through to the British & Irish Cup quarter-finals this evening after a 22-14 victory over London Scottish at Ashton Gate Stadium.

Bristol Rugby eased through to the British & Irish Cup quarter-finals this evening after a 22-14 victory over London Scottish at Ashton Gate Stadium.

The home side’s 13 consecutive win of the season was their third over Scottish this campaign and ensured they remain unbeaten in all competitions.


Despite Bristol dominating large swathes of the game, especially in the first half, James Buckland’s side never gave up and were rewarded for their efforts with two well-worked tries late on.

Bristol began brightly and scored a try inside five minutes, prop Kyle Traynor burrowing his way over from close range with Nicky Robinson kicking the extras.

They nearly went over in similar fashion midway through the half but blind side flanker Nick Koster was deemed to be held up over the line.

A last ditch tackle by Chris Auld thwarted winger Andy Short in the left corner soon after as Bristol continued to pile on the pressure.

This pressure eventually told a minute after prop Mark Lilley was sin-binned for persistent infringement by the Scots.

From the resulting penalty, Bristol opted for an attacking line-out with Ben Skirving crashing over from close range.

Short then went over for Bristol but referee Darren Gamage deemed the pass to the winger as forward.

Scottish were on the back foot throughout the half and did well to keep Bristol to just two first half scores.

The visitors saw more of the ball after the interval but initially couldn’t capitalise on any half chances that came their way.

Just after the hour mark Nicky Robinson pushed Bristol three scores clear courtesy of a penalty and the hosts continued their dominance, winning a scrum against the head which eventually led to replacement Gaston Cortes scoring their third try.

The Scots were rewarded for their second half endeavour, Alex Brown scoring near the posts in the 77th minute following a neat offload by James Phillips.


Newton’s conversion was successful and it got better for Scottish when Matt Williams scored the try of the evening in the final minute.

The winger collected a cross field kick from Newton before cutting inside and using both his power and pace to go over from 30 metres out.

Newton’s second conversion was the final score of the game and Bristol saw out the remaining seconds to seal victory.

London Scottish take on Pontypridd next Saturday, December 13th, 2pm kick-off. Tickets and hospitality on sale here.

London Scottish

15, Chris Auld, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Matt Hawke, 12, Harry Sloan, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Connor Braid, 9, Ben Calder, 1, Mark Lilley, 2, Dave Cherry, 3, Max Maidment, 4, Tai Tuisamoa, 5, Gregor Gillanders, 6, Alex Brown, 7, Chris Walker, 8, James Chisholm.

Used replacements 16, Lovejoy Chawatama, 18, Ben Prescott, 17, Todd Gleave, 19, James Phillips, 21, Matt Heeks., 20, Lewis Beer, 22, Dan Newton.

Tries: Brown (77mins), Williams (80mins)

Conversions: Newton (77mins, 80mins)

Yellow Card: Lilley, (30mins).

Bristol Rugby

15, Jack Wallace, 14, George Watkins, 13, Jack Tovey, 12, Mark Cooke, 11 Andy Short, 10, Nicky Robinson, 9, Craig Hampson, 1, Kyle Traynor, 2, Rhys Lawrence, 3, Matias Diaz, 4, Ben Glynn, 5, Mark Sorenson (c), 6, Nick Koster, 7, Josh Ovens, 8, Ben Skirving.

Used replacements: 22, Charlie Amesbury, 17, Gaston Cortes, 18, Joe Joyce, 16, James Stephenson, 19, Jake Polledri, 20, Luke Baldwin, 21, Callum Sheedy.


Tries: Traynor (4mins), Skirving (31mins), Cortes (67mins)

Conversions: Robinson (4mins, 32mins)

Penalties: Robinson (61mins)

Referee: Darren Gamage

Assistant referees: Michael Cooper and Paul Burton


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