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BRIS BLIZZARD TOPPLES TITANS
In difficult conditions Bristol bounced back from a first league defeat to beat a Rotherham side that had suffered a cruel last second away loss to second place Ealing. A six-nil lead with all the territory and the wind behind them looked far from sufficient but BRistol took control of the second half and were deserved winners.
BRIS EDGE EALING
A victory by a single point saw Bristol open a gap over the hosts at the top of the league. Poor conditions saw both sides play excellent rugby but it was the visiting side that had just that bit more class particularly out wide and the bonus point win was well deserved.
BRIS BEAT BEDFORD - BUT BARELY
A deeply uncomfortable win for Bristol who were behind for most of the game. In the end it was clean possession from the set piece that allowed them to claim the victory. An irony in that the scrum had been a source of weakness throughout much of the previous seventy minutes. Still, a win is a win. But Bristol will have to perform at a much higher level when they take on their closest rivals in two weeks time.
DONNY MAKE BRIS DIG DEEP
Bristol made hard work of overcoming a spirited Doncaster side. The first half was a close run affair but Bristol's speed of execution and a ruthless edge saw them over the line and claim the try bonus point without ever looking entirely comfortable.
LEEDSHIRE EMERALD GREEN WITH ENVY AT BRISTOL RICHES
Two former Premiership sides met at a ground that has often proved difficult for Bristol. However the current state of the ground illustrated the gulf between the two clubs at the moment with the visitors boasting several internationals even with several called up for duty elsewhere. Bristol emreged from the encounter as comfortable winner to maintain their unbeaten league record.
DONNY WINNING STREAK AT ASHTON GATE CONTINUES
An unfamiliar Bristol side slumped to a disappointing defeat to Doncaster. The visitors leading for much of the game and Bristol vulnerable in defence and disjointed in attack.
EALING LEAVE BRISTOL EMPTY-HANDED
In a closely fought game Bristol came out on top but left it terribly late. A piece of individual brilliance from Mat Protheroe set up the winning try with just minutes left and a penalty on the stroke of full time ensured that Ealing failed to register a losing bonus point
NEWCOMERS HARTPURY GIVE BRIS A SCARE
A very poor first half will have left few Championship clubs quaking in their boots at the might of relegated Bristol. In fact you might have thought Bristol were the promoted side with a lack of incisiveness and both set-pieces struggling to deliver quality possession. The hosts just about had enough quality to edge away in the second half but it was an uncomfortable opening to the Championship season, possibly worse than anything served up in the Premiership. If anyone thought promotion was going to be a cakewalk then this will have soundly disabused them.
A brief sojourn in the sunny uplands of the Premiership proved to be the massive challenge that most, if not all, always thought it would be. A couple of good wins and one or two near misses were never going to be enough to keep us up. So it’s back to the Championship with a new coach and a new squad. This time with no pray-offs to negotiate. How strange to finish the season in April.
BRIS HOLD ON FOR A SINGLE POINT DERBY VICTORY
Bristol, bottom of the league, on the back of a bad run, thumped in the last two games - up against B**h. Obviously a 12 – 11 victory was the only possible outcome. Form book out of the window as Bristol’s struggle for Premiership survival continues. The players stepped up to the mark in an enthralling, if tense, encounter. Next up - the club we have to overhaul to avoid relegation.