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Thought it might be an idea to start a thread covering the GP teams' pre-season games, which have started popping up. To get the ball rolling, here's a fixture picked at random...

Bath 72 Newbury Blues 0

Bath Rugby’s first run-out since the summer break was a hugely encouraging performance. The 72-0 scoreline speaks for itself â€" twelve tries racked up, and Newbury Blues prevented from troubling the scorers.

But there were other positive signs amid the tries, from more familiar names â€" Michael Lipman made some powerful tackles â€" as well as younger players: for example Mike Mangeolles belied his stature to stop their number eight after he broke upfield, limiting the damage of a lost lineout. Generally strong running, deft handling and successful interplay between forwards and backs all left the hosts struggling, but the coaches will also have seen plenty of areas to work on in the coming days and weeks.

The tone for a massive victory was set within the first 35 seconds of the match, when Rob Hawkins scored the first try after a break down the left-hand side of the pitch by Gareth Delve. David Bory followed suit, taking an inside ball from Andy Williams and scything through the defence untouched.

The next score was a catch-and-drive, Delve coming up with the ball, and his back-row colleague Lipman matched him with five minutes of the half to go, selling a dummy that wrong-footed the defence so that Mangeolles, in support on his right wing, was not needed.

As play became increasingly broken, Olly Barkley broke into the Blues’ 22, and with the fullback covering looked for support. Andy Williams was on hand, and he in turn shipped the ball on to Matt Perry, who scored under the posts.

The first half closed with Bath a comfortable 29-0 up, but although Newbury had been starved of decent possession, breaks by number eight Tom Brown, as mentioned, speedy winger Liam Gibson, and stand-off Tim Walsh also gave the Bath defence something to think about. And with rotating substitutes, to use all the 28-man squad, they had to keep on their toes.

The second half began much as the first, with a try for Michael Stephenson in the first minute after Lipman pinched Newbury’s lineout ball. Newbury then made their most dangerous move, thanks to David Rees, formerly of Sale, Bristol and England, who chipped over Perry for the line. But Nick Walshe got down on the ball and although Newbury retained possession, the move subsequently broke down with a knock-on.

A try for Peter Short was the result of quick thinking: a quick lineout was taken on by Perry, and Mangeolles, Mike Myerscough and Dave Ward all played their part before Mangeolles skidded to the line. He was just held up, but Short was there to finish off.

Ward featured again in the next score by Higgins, and Delve too showed a superb turn of pace down the right-hand touchline, having received the ball from Stephenson when Newbury kicked the ball away.

With the half-century achieved, three more tries were still to come. Berne had been showing some deft ball skills and footwork, and was on hand to sweep up a grubber by Chris Malone towards the line and score under the posts. Higgins scored a second, out-pacing a weary defence; and finally, Williams scorched over thanks to Stephenson, who deceived the defence with a dummy and then drew his man to leave Williams clear.

Myerscough had to leave the field with a knee injury just before the final whistle, but Acting Head Coach Steve Meehan was pleased with the performance, and he and Mark Bakewell, the Forwards Coach, can add the evidence of the day to their assessment of training so far: “Some of our skills work was paying off, and some of the little plays that may not have been obvious to people but were to us. Perhaps in the Premiership we wouldn’t have gone as far as we did today. We’ve come with an open mind and those guys will be judged on their performances in trials and the work they’ve done pre-season.â€

Tries: Hawkins (1 min), Bory (9), Delve 2 (18, 64), Lipman (35), Perry (39), Stephenson (41), Short (54), Higgins 2 (56, 75), Berne (68), Williams (80). Cons: Barkley 3, Malone 2, Berne 1.
Scoring sequence: 0-5, 0-12, 0-17, 0-22, 0-29 (half-time); 0-36, 0-41, 0-48, 0-53, 0-58, 0-65, 0-72.

BATH: 15. Michael Stephenson; 14. Mike Mangeolles, 13. Alex Crockett, 21. Olly Barkley, 11. David Bory; 10. Chris Malone, 9. Andy Williams; 1. David Flatman, 2. Rob Hawkins, 3. Christian Loader, 4. Steve Borthwick, 5. Peter Short, 6. Chris Goodman, 7. Michael Lipman, 8. Gareth Delve.
Replacements: 16. Aaron Jarvis, 17. David Barnes, 18. Dave Ward, 19. Rob Fidler, 20 Nick Walshe, 22 Andy Higgins, 23. Shaun Berne, 24. Matt Perry, 25. Danny Grewcock, 26. Laurence Ovens, 27. Duncan Bell, 28. Zak Feaunati, 29. Mike Myerscough.

NEWBURY: 15. Nick Defty; 14. Liam Gibson, 13. David Rees, 12. Mark Ireland, 11. Kenny Bingham; 10. Tim Walsh,  9. Mark Simpson-Daniel; 1. Simon Carter,  2.Glenn Cooper, 3. Jon Dawson, 4. Gregor Haytor (capt), 5. Tom Radbourne, 6. Luke Walters, 7. Chris Morgan, 8. Tom Brown.
Replacements: 16. Mal Roberts, 17. Matt Styles, 18. Vic Frampton, 19. Kenny Dalgleish, 20. Vinnie Feausi, 21. Martin Nutt, 22. Chow Mezger, Rob Faulkner, Raynn Bruce, Ian Ashcroft-Leigh, James Doherty, Andy Tibbatts, Gary Holmes, Guthrie Denniston, Gavin Turner, Eric Brown[/b]
Originally posted by loratadine@Aug 13 2006, 12:40 PM
the scarlets beat northampton 22-14
Unfortunately I counln't go to that match (as I'm currently stranded in this shithole otherwise known as Skegness), but I was told by a mate who gave me a post match phone call that it was a game of 2 very differnt halves and neither side fielded anything close to a full strength squad.

What I did gather though is that Spencer had a stormer as did Peel - aparently Spencers second try was a run from his own 22, out pacing the whole Newport team and selling the fullback a dumby. But saying that, my mate was a little ****** when he called me and he's know to exagerate a little, so I have to wait until next week before I can find out for myself.
From Planet Rugby:

The Northern Hemisphere season is winding up to its beginning, with the Top 14 kicking off in France next week, and the Premiership and Magners League starting two weeks later.

The clubs have all been getting some valuable game-time in despite the baking summer that has held the European continent in its grip for much of July and August.

Bath looked in good form with a 72-0 win over English third-level team Newbury, racking up twelve tries in new coach Steve Meehan's first game in charge.

Wales number eight Gareth Delve scored twice, as did centre Andy Higgins, and there was also a debut try for former Waratahs centre/fly-half Shaun Berne.

Wasps also played Newbury, and also won, although the score was rather less emphatic. None of the current crop of internationals played, but there were notable debuts from dan Cipriani at fly-half, and former Leesd player David Doherty on the wing, who scored a try in the 29-24 victory.

Simon Amor also took his first steps in Wasps colours in the match.

European Challenge Cup winners Gloucester met fellow Guinness Premiership team Saracens at Kingsholm on Friday, but went down 14-24.

Saracens impressed by being the more cohesive unit, with Glen Jackson and Kevin Sorrell in particularly good form.

Gloucester on the other hand looked like a team still in the knitting process, but Italian lock Marco Bortolami played well on his debut and the influence of prop Christian Califano when he entered the fray was immense - Prior to his entry Gloucester had shipped 24 points, they scored their 14 all after he came on.

Leicester went on a week-long tour of France, culminating with a 15-14 victory over Stade Français in Paris which went some way to compemsating for a 29-28 defeat in Castres.

Andy Goode showed he is still top marksman with the boot, slotting the winning penalty in front of a surprisingly large crowd of 2,500, and Martin Castrogiovanni scored a try on his Tigers debut.

For the Parisians, young fly-half Lionel Beauxis, who was the hero of the U21 World Cup-wininng side in June, scored a try and converted both his and Julien Arias's in the first-half before departing. He could well be one to watch this season.

Harlequins have also been to France, although their tour was less successful as they fell 26-17 to Clermont. Neither side put out a particularly strong XV, but Clermont's forwards were impressive in their domination, and they led 26-10 with ten minutes to go before Quins prop Ceri Jones squeezed over from a line-out.

The Twickenham club also fell to Bourgoin, losing 19-13 in the second match of their tour to Isère.

Northampton Saints faced up to familiar old foes in the for of Llanelli Scarlets on Friday, evoking memories of some ***anic Heineken Cup clashes down the years.

Carlos Spencer notched two tries, but it was not enough to see the Saints get off to a winner, as the Scarlets boucned back from an early setback to win 14-22.

Scarlets full-backs Garan Evans and Martyn Thomas, and scrum-half Clive Stuart-Smith scored the tries for the visitors, who welcomed back Wales fly-half Stephen Jones to their ranks.

The tense history of the Saints-Scarlets clashes was not lost on some of the older heads of either team, with Steve Thompson of Northampton and John Davies of the Scarlets both sent to the bin for fighting, one of a number of scuffles which saw in the two teams' seasons.

Guinness Premiership champions Sale Sharks were another English team to hop across the channel, playing matches against Béziers and French champions Biarritz.

A young development team, which did however include Mark Cueto, lost 27-25 to Béziers despite the England winger's two tries. Biarritz was the big clash though, and the Sharks did not disappoint, winning an entertaining clash 38-20 and ruining the home team's celebration of their new tribune Serge Kampf at the Basque club's ground.

Irish Magners League club Connacht scored five tries but still fell to defeat in Narbonne, going down 35-29 after a late penalty try against them.

The Dragons enjoyed a cracking display by wing Aled Brew as they defeated a Gwent select XV 66-0 at Pandy Park. Brew scored a hat-trick in what was a useful-looking run out for the Welsh region.

Glasgow hammered Moseley 55-5, including a hat-trick of tries from new winger Thom Evans, who arrived from Wasps in the close season.[/b]
Rather unnecessary of Spencer to outpace the entire Newport team as they were playing Llanelli....
Originally posted by Teh Mite@Aug 13 2006, 12:49 PM
What I did gather though is that Spencer had a stormer as did Peel - aparently Spencers second try was a run from his own 22, out pacing the whole Newport team and selling the fullback a dumby. But saying that, my mate was a little ****** when he called me and he's know to exagerate a little, so I have to wait until next week before I can find out for myself.
Pretty accurate apart from for Spencers second try he had a support runner so the Llanelli ( :p ) fullback couldn't really do much about it.

The lineout was tragic, as per usual. We must have lost about 3 of our own with only a couple being a safe take from the jumper.
Vass looked encouraging, although he lost the ball a couple of times trying to offload instead of going to ground.
Our new winger Akinbui (sp) didn't have the greatest game, I hope he's given another chance to prove himself.
Bath's second pre-season game saw them beat Overmach Parma, who beat the Dragons to qualify for the Heinken Cup, 61-0 at The Rec. Good stuff so far from Steve Meehan (from what we can judge). At least we're showing our intentions for the coming season.


The first winners of the Community Foundation Challenge Cup are Bath Rugby, following Wednesday night’s friendly. 
Played in aid of the Bath Rugby Community Foundation, the match was the first pre-season game on the Recreation Ground in many a year, and 2,500 supporters were there to enjoy the spectacle.

It could scarcely have started better for the home side, who found themselves 14-0 up within three minutes. The first try came after probing work by Shaun Berne â€" who throughout the match was hugely influential at fly-half â€" when Michael Stephenson picked a line off Chris Goodman to score under the posts. Two minutes later Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu capitalised on a break by Nick Walshe, taking the scoring pass from Zak Feaunati. Berne added both conversions.

The Italians naturally adjusted somewhat after this, but Bath withstood a couple of attacking moves and Fuimaono-Sapolu notched up his second try after a loop move between Berne and Alex Crockett. Steve Borthwick was replaced halfway through the first period as a precautionary measure after suffering a minor nerve twinge in his shoulder, but soon after his second-row colleague Danny Grewcock put the forwards on the score-sheet when he thundered over in the right-hand corner, and Berne again added the extras, this time from a more testing position.

Superb work by the forwards repelled a catch-and-drive move by Parma near the line, and with half-time approaching, Bath were given the advantage of an extra man when Fabio Staibano was shown the yellow card for killing the ball.

Parma gave Bath a huge scare in the second half, when replacement Sego Nadridri intercepted the ball, and charged fifty yards upfield. Hotly pursued by Andy Williams, the threat was temporarily alleviated as the big Italian ran out of steam and the cover caught up with him, but Bath still had some defending to do as the visitors nearly went over in the corner. Parma maintained the pressure as Bath conceded a number of penalties which the visitors kicked to touch, but eventually Chris Malone cleared the ball towards halfway, and Andy Williams relieved the situation with an intercept try.

Two tries in quick succession, for Malone and Bory, took the score one short of fifty, Bath truly rampant after weathering the storm of earlier in the half. With ten minutes to go, the forwards’ dominance was underlined by a catch-and-drive try for Feaunati. Malone’s second try, the result of a well-oiled lineout, was the final touchdown of the match, and left the hosts undisputed victors.

Steve Meehan, Bath’s Acting Head Coach, said improvements had been made from the previous win over Newbury: “I’m pleased that the standard was raised again tonight. For our first match at the Rec, I think they put on a nice display for the Bath faithful.â€

1: Try Stephenson, Conversion Berne, 7-0
3: Try Fuimaono- Sapolu, Con Berne, 14-0
19: Try Fuimaono- Sapolu, Con Berne, 21-0
24: Try Grewcock, Con Berne, 28-0
56: Try Williams, Con Malone, 35-0
61: Try Malone, Con Malone, 42-0
64: Try Bory, Con Malone, 49-0
70: Try Feaunati, 54-0
77: Try Malone, Con Malone, 61-0

BATH: 15. M Stephenson 14. A Higgins 13. A Crockett (Mangeolles, 62)12. E Fuimaono-Sapolu (Barkley, 56) 11. D Bory 10. S Berne (Malone, 50) 9. N Walshe (Williams, 41) 1. D Flatman (Barnes, 41) 2. L Mears (Hawkins, 62) 3. D Bell (Loader, 59, Flatman, 74) 4. S Borthwick (captain; rep: Fidler, 19min) 5. D Grewcock 6. P Short 7. C Goodman (Scaysbrook, 41) 8. I Feaunati.
Replacements: 16. R Hawkins 17. D Barnes 18. C Loader 19. R Fidler 20. M Mangeolles 21. O Barkley 22. C Malone 23. A Williams 24. J Scaysbrook.

PARMA: 15. G Fontana 14, G Ghidini 13. A Orsi 12. A Chillon 11. A Mazzuccato  10. F Mazzariol 9. J Pellicena (captain) 1. G Fontana 2. B Masetti 3. F Staibano (sin-bin, 39-41 4. F Gumiero 5. F Minello 6. P Sciaretta 7. L Pascu 8. R Barbieri.
Replacements: 16.T Paoletti 17. L Zanini 18. M Barbieri 19. J Soffredini 20. M Frati 21. A Canale 22. S Nadridri.

Referee: Sean Davey
Attendance: 2,500[/b]
Wow some great performances from Bath, I do hope we have a good season this year...
it'd be cool if there was a few pre season comps like the inter toto or amsterdam tourn like in football. I havent been able to see any of the pre season games. Maybe if they had tournaments theyd be shown, and theyd get sponsorship. wow im a genius

tho someone else has probably already said this on here
I know they're not premiership anymore, but Edinburgh pumped Leeds 37-7 at Murrayfield on Friday night. 6 good tries, plenty attacking from the backs and solid defence. The rain made things an absolute bugger handling wise, but for the 1st game back it was OK.

Sale will prove a far better match on Friday night.
Originally posted by Symclaw@Aug 20 2006, 09:15 PM
it'd be cool if there was a few pre season comps like the inter toto or amsterdam tourn like in football. I havent been able to see any of the pre season games. Maybe if they had tournaments theyd be shown, and theyd get sponsorship. wow im a genius

tho someone else has probably already said this on here
Because rugby players don't already have enough games to play in a season... :blink:
Bath beat Plymouth Albion 31-17 today. A much tighter game than our two previous outings, but Meehan experimented a lot with selection. Our backline had an average age of 19, with only Barkley, Davis and Abendanon normally first team squad members.

Bath endured the sterner examination that Steve Meehan had demanded in their third warm-up match of the pre-season campaign, eventually emerging victorious over Plymouth Albion by 31-17.

Although they were 14-0 up just after midway through the first half, they allowed Plymouth back into the game with a string of penalties, and throughout the match found themselves tested up front. They could have expected nothing less of a side coached by the veteran Graham Dawe â€" not playing on this occasion, but not yet retired from the field himself.
Bath did not help themselves by turning over the ball with a frequency that will not have pleased the coaches, and was equally frustrating to the many supporters who had made the trip to Brickfields.

That said, both first-half tries were clinical. The first came after a lineout, the result of a penalty kicked to touch. Jonny Faamatuainu took the ball, and it made its way out through the hands to the left. Nick Abendanon was brought down short, but Beattie made it over. Gareth Delve then scored after both Matt Banahan and Pieter Dixon showed turns of pace on the right wing, the latter giving the scoring pass.

Thereafter, turnovers cost the visitors territory and possession, and the pace of Tom Arscott, Plymouth’s 18-year-old right wing, also posed a severe threat. This was seen once in the first half when he cut inside Ryan Davis and feinted to chip the cover, but more often after half-time. Early on, he showed his pace down the right wing, just putting a foot in touch, and in the 64th minute the slightest ankle tap by Mike Mangeolles prevented him from scoring under the posts.

Bath still had reason to be pleased, when Travagli charged down Ed Barnes’s attempted clearance and followed up to claim the try. Travagli’s miss-pass to George Hughes after a break by Chris Goodman then sent Davis over the line. Meanwhile, Neethling had kicked a fourth successful penalty in as many attempts, but slick hands in the Bath backs â€" among them Abendanon and Banahan â€" sent Mangeolles over, a well-deserved score after the young centre’s hard and conspicuous work all day.

However, the hosts were to have the last word. Bath seemed to be heading for another score, when Neethling intercepted with a 70-metre clear run ahead of. Alas for him, the referee had been playing advantage for a penalty, and his sprint was aborted. But Arscott contined to cause problems, and eventually Martin Rice drove over from a lineout, to notch a try that could hardly be begrudged.

Meehan, Acting Head Coach, spoke highly of the contribution and improvement shown by his side as individuals: “We knew that we had competition for spots and this has confirmed it,†he said.

BATH: 15. N Abendanon 14. I Davey (rep: Hughes, 35-41) 13. R Davis 12. M Mangeolles 11. M Banahan 10. O Barkley (Cozens, 80+2) 9. P Travagli (Alford, 65) 1. D Barnes (Jarvis, 63) 2. P Dixon (Ward, 41) 3. C Loader (Ovens, 63) 4. R Fidler (Faamatuainu, 70) 5. J Faamatuainu (Smith, 41) 6. A Beattie (captain) 7. J Scaysbrook (Goodman, 41) 8.G Delve (Scaysbrook, 72).
Replacements: 16. D Ward 17. L Ovens 18. A Jarvis 19. D Smith 20. C Goodman 21.S Alford 22. G Hughes 23. C Brooker 24. L Cozens.

PLYMOUTH ALBION: 15. W Neethling 14. T Arscott 13. K Fisilau (Saumi, 67) 12. A Cruickshanks 11. N Sestaret (Ritchie, 80+2) 10. E Barnes (Delaney, 80+2) 9. E Lewsey (Cane, 80+6) 1. T Mathias (Rice, 41) 2. J Owen (Oxley, 31) 3. S Zimmerman (Mathias, 42) 4. C Stewart 5. B Gulliver (Lewis, 69) 6. B Stroud (Genoud, 77) 7. D Thomas (capt) 8. C Lowrie (Hayes, 54).
Replacements: N Cane, D Delaney, N Saumi, M Rice, R Oxley, M Lewis, T Hayes, D Ritchie, F Genoud.

11: Try Beattie, Con Barkley, 0-7
24: Try Delve, Con Barkley, 0-14
31: Pen Neethling, 3-14
36: Pen Neethling, 6-14
40+2: Pen Neethling, 9-14
46: Pen Neethling, 12-14
55: Try Travagli, 12-19
60: Try Banahan, 12-24
76: Try Mangeolles Con Barkley, 12-31
80+4: Try Rice, 17-31

Referee: N Higginson
Attendance: 3,000[/b]

Bath's final game before the start of the season is against the Dragons at Rodney Parade on Friday night. It's expected that we'll be playing our first XV, which will be interesting to see.
Saints started to hit form at the weekend, thrashing Treviso. The best result was how sharp King Carlos looks - it could be a very good season.

Originally posted by www.northamptonsaints.co.uk



Franklin’s Gardens

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Ben Cohen may have led the scoring, but Carlos Spencer was the star of this, the second of Saints’ three pre-season matches. The former All Black continued the form he showed against Llanelli, not only by scoring his third try in two weeks but by having a hand in four of Saints eight other tries.

Italian champions Treviso saw Spencer’s skill in close quarters after only two minutes. Props Chris Budgen and Soane Tonga’huia dented the defence, and Spencer’s hi-step took him to the posts. Bruce Reihana slotted the simple conversion and Saints were off and running.

They did not have things all their own way, however. Fantastic off-loading by the Benetton backline put Stuart Legg in the clear, forcing a fine tackle from Sean Lamont to prevent the try. Spencer was running the show, however, and two high kicks in quick succession nearly led to Cohen tries.

Saints’ number 11 was not to be denied, and on the quarter-time mark a misplaced Italian kick gave him the five-pointer. Reihana and Kydd’s hands gave Cohen an easy run-in, as did Spencer five minutes later after an arcing run deep into Treviso’s territory. Reihana converted the second of Cohen’s scores to give Saints a 19-nil lead on the half-hour.

Brendan Williams set up a rare Italian chance by his superb acceleration on his own line that evaded two attempted tackles, but it was a temporary respite as on the stroke of half-time Lamont got in on the scoring. Spencer’s power this time created the space, pulling in several defenders, and Reihana’s conversion took the Saints to 26-nil at the break.

First-half showers had made the surface slippy and it took 10 minutes for Saints to hit their stride once more. Spencer left his final imprint by sliding a kick through for Lamont to grab his second, and smart handling â€" including a superb pick-up by Damien Browne â€" handed Cohen his hat-trick.

If the game wasn’t won by this stage, fourth and fifth tries for Cohen, one for Sam Harding and a slide in from five metres by Reihana â€" who added four more conversions â€" closed out Saints’ second pre-season work-out.

Northampton Saints â€" Reihana (capt); Lamont, Clarke, Kydd, Cohen; Spencer (Myring 50mins (Spencer 62-70mins)), Howard (Robinson 40mins); Tonga’huia (Smith 40mins), Richmond (Thompson 65mins), Budgen (Barnard 70mins), Browne (Lord 65mins), Short, Tupai (Hopley 65mins), Harding, Easter.

Benetton Treviso â€" Williams; Legg, Pizarro, Barbini, Mulieri; Goosen, Semenzato; Sbaraglini, Tejeda, Di Santo, Kingi, A Pavanello, E Pavanello, Orlando (capt), Palmer.

Replacements (all used) â€" Mucciant, Faliva, Allori, Muccignat, Ceccato, Perziano, Lucchese, Ansell, Sartoretto.

Northampton Saints â€" Tries: Spencer, Cohen (5), Lamont (2), Harding, Reihana; Cons: Reihana (9).

2mins SAINTS Try Spencer Con Reihana 7-0
21mins SAINTS Try Cohen 12-0
26mins SAINTS Try Cohen Con Reihana 19-0
40+5mins SAINTS Try Lamont Con Reihana 26-0
50mins SAINTS Try Lamont Con Reihana 33-0
52mins SAINTS Try Cohen Con Reihana 40-0
62mins SAINTS Try Cohen Con Reihana 47-0
66mins SAINTS Try Harding Con Reihana 54-0
76mins SAINTS Try and Con Reihana 61-0
82mins SAINTS Try Cohen Con Reihana 68-0
Are you coming down to Newport today then Boy? I'm going, and we're gonna lose pretty badly what with 5-6 first team players out. Just getting in the excuses nice and early ;)
Originally posted by St. Jamez+Aug 21 2006, 09:44 AM-->
@Aug 20 2006, 09:15 PM
it'd be cool if there was a few pre season comps like the inter toto or amsterdam tourn like in football. I havent been able to see any of the pre season games. Maybe if they had tournaments theyd be shown, and theyd get sponsorship. wow im a genius

tho someone else has probably already said this on here
Because rugby players don't already have enough games to play in a season... :blink: [/b]
yeah fair enough, but i didnt mean any massive comps. just ones 3 or four teams.
Well the Dragons lost 12 - 3 to Bath at home in a game we shoulda and easily coulda won. It was a classic example of a team not beating us, just scoring more points than us!
Edinburgh lost 30-14 to Sale tonight at Edgley Park. According to the report, the score flatters Sale who had a penalty try and we had a player sin binned. Rennie and the beast that is our inside centre, Rob Dewey, scored for us with Paterson converting twice. 3 tries, a penalty try and a couple of penalties. Sounds like it was our own undoing really. Sale are a good side, and we shot ourselves in the foot. I'm confident that we'll have another strong season.
Hi all, Nice win for Bristol yesterday against Cardiff Blues. Hopefully this will bode well for this season.

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