09-10-09, 12:26 PM
Bristol tasted defeat for the first time this season at the hands of Exeter and will travel to Cornwall with 6 changes to that side. Jack Adams and Lee Robinson return in the backs while there is change in the front row with Alex Clarke and Darren Crompton coming in. James Phillips returns in the second row and Redford Pennycook starts at 7.
Jason Spice ©
Ross Johnson, Wayne Thompson, Mariano Sambucetti, James Merriman, Sam Alford, Luke Eves, Tom Arscott
11-10-09, 06:43 PM
Bristol return to winning ways with an impressive 35-13 win away at Cornish Pirates. Bristol scored 4 tries to make it a bonus point win. Redford Pennycook, Luke Arscott Dan Norton and some bloke called Penalty scoring the tries.
Full report to follow
11-10-09, 07:27 PM
Crap! Cornish Pirates are my team!
12-10-09, 12:04 PM
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Bristol got back on track at The Recreation Ground this afternoon, putting last week's loss behind them with a comfortable 35-13 victory over the Cornish Pirates. Final score 13-35.
With Autumn in full flow, the strong wind and persistent rain should have made for a difficult afternoon of free flowing rugby, and the first half proved challenging for both sides.
But as the weather improved, so did the visitors performance and the second half saw a rampant Bristol storm to victory with four tries courtesy of Dan Norton, Redford Pennycook and Luke Arscott before a penalty try sealed the win.
Despite the conditions, both teams opened this Championship fixture with some accurate kicking with winger Aisea Havili opening the score from a drop goal with only four minutes played . 0-3
Pirates followed again soon after with a valiant break towards the try line from outside centre Nicholas Jackson, before Dan Norton made contact, slowing the winger down. Back on his feet, Jackson made a second attempt for the score before fullback Luke Arscott stop him in his tracks.
It was clear from the start that Bristol would have the upper hand in the forwards, and they were rewarded for their dominance with an early penalty. Adrian Jarvis took the points to even the score. 3-3.
A high tackle at the restart from Dan Montagu offered Pirates the chance to go ahead, but the points were lost when fly half Rhys-Jone's kick hit the posts.
Jones was given the chance again moments later when Bristol played off their feet at the breakdown, this time the fly half made sure he sent the ball between the uprights. 6-3.
Eager to get on the scoreboard, Lee Robinson came off his wing before a series of phases built towards the line from the Bristol forwards. Jarvis, seeing the space, chipped forward for Dan Norton's approach on the wing but his efforts were left fruitless when Pirates gathered the loose ball.
Jarvis did soon add further points to the board, with referee Keith Lewis calling for an earlier penalty when Junior Fatialofa was pushed off the ball. 6-6
In tricky conditions, the Bristol forwards performed with grit and determination, offering the advantage at the scum and laying the foundations that would prove key in the second half. Dan Montagu and Redford Pennycook all carried well into the opposition's territory, whilst Jason Spice provided quick ball from the breakdown.
Despite promise from Bristol, some lapses in concentration could have cost them a try in the first half, with Pirate's No.8 Lourie McGlowe making an impressive break down the wing, chipping the ball into space with thirty-six minutes gone. A key player in today's performance, fullback Luke Arscott controlled the loose ball well with McGlowe approaching, clearing to touch and denying Pirates from a probable try.
If the first half was somewhat subdued, the second half was thrilling by comparison with four tries securing Bristol's path back to winning ways.
Bristol hinted at the impressive rugby to follow from the start of the second half, with Dan Montagu causing disrupt at the breakdown and earning another three penalty points off the boot of Jarvis. 9-6.
With the visitors approaching full throttle, Redford Pennycook made a break into the 22 before coming into contact with the Pirate's defense and going to ground. Spice, taking the recycled ball quickly from the breakdown, offloaded through the hands of Adrian Jarvis and Jack Adams before Luke Arscott pierced through in support to score the try. Jarvis hit the conversion, 6-16.
As Bristol's confidence rose, Pirates fell, and a series of errors costs the home side dearly. Dan Norton added to their falling spirit, sprinting over fifty yards after the ball popped out from another titanic maul from the Bristol forwards. Out stepping winger Aisea Havili and Robert Cook at fullback, Norton dived over the line for Bristol's second try in ten minutes. 6-21
Struggling at the breakdown, Pirates were penalised for holding on, setting Bristol's forwards pushing towards the line before Redford Pennycook took the opportunity to break and cross for the try. Converted by Jarvis, Bristol's third try took the visitor's ahead 6-28.
Having dominated the game up front, Bristol's final try was a result of further pressure from the pack. Setting up the scrum ten yards out from the try line, Pirates twice folded under the pressure before Lewis awarded the penalty try. Adrian Jarvis converted Bristol's bonus point score.
Having denied Pirates a try for the full eighty minutes, it was somewhat disappointing when Bristol's opposition crossed the line in the final play of the match. Some sneaky footwork from McAtee sent the winger edging through Bristol's defense to cross the line before Jones converted.[/b]
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