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Match Report: Bristol Bears 61-19 Bath Rugby

Bristol Bears 61 v Bath Rugby 19

Match summary – Bristol Bears 61-19 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby suffered a heavy Premiership Rugby Cup defeat to Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate.

Bristol backs Rich Lane and Jack Bates crossed in the first half before Bryan Byrne and Niyi Adeolokun grabbed braces.

Bath Academy flanker Mackenzie Graham ran in for a try on his senior debut ahead of second-half scores from Joe Simpson and Tom Prydie.

George Kloska, Mitch Eadie and Piers O’Conor confirmed the scoring for Bears with Tiff Eden converting eight tries in total. 


TEAM NEWS

Graham and Jordan Venter were named in a Bath Rugby senior side for the first time while Josh Dingley and Ma’afu Fia earned their full debuts.

Bristol also made a host of changes but went for experience in the pack with Dave Attwood, Dan Thomas, Mitch Eadie and Ed Holmes all starting in the back five.

Bristol Bears: 15 Rich Lane, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Jack Bates, 12 Piers O’Conor, 11 Matthew Jones, 10 Tiff Eden, 9 Theo Strang; 1 Ashley Challenger, 2 Bryan Byrne, 3 Jake Armstrong, 4 Dave Attwood, 5 Ed Holmes, 6 John Hawkins (c), 7 Dan Thomas, 8 Mitch Eadie 

Replacements: 16 Will Capon, 17 Tom Sims, 18 George Kloska, 19 James Dun, 20 Macennzie Duncan, 21 Pete Carter, 22 Jac Lloyd, 23 Harry Rowson

Bath Rugby: 15 Darren Atkins, 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Jordan Venter, 12 Max Ojomoh, 11 Gabriel Hamer-Webb, 10 Orlando Bailey ©, 9 Joe Simpson; 1 Lewis Boyce, 2 Tom Doughty, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 4 Will Spencer, 5 Josh Dingley, 6 Mackenzie Graham, 7 Richard de Carpentier, 8 Nahum Merigan 

Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Arthur Cordwell, 18 Kieran Verden, 19 Valery Morozov, 20 Harry Casson, 21 Ollie Fox, 22 George Worboys, 23 Will Butt


FIRST HALF

Bedford Blues loanee Lane got Bristol off to a fast start despite Gabriel Hamer-Webb’s excellent last-ditch tackle a couple of phases previous.

The hosts’ second came from their own 22 as fly-half Eden broke and sent Dan Thomas on a gallop. The back rower found Piers O’Conor who was chased hard by Max Ojomoh and aware of losing time, he fed Bates for a free run to the line. 

A third try for Bristol came just shy of the quarter of an hour mark. A strongly set maul allowed hooker Byrne to dive over.

Soon after, Lane had a sprint towards the goalposts following an interception but was hounded out by a lightning quick Hamer-Webb, however the full-back popped up for fellow back-three player Adeolokun to touch down. 

Bears were direct in their approach and sucked in the Bath defence for Adeolokun’s second ahead of Byrne’s brace – a doppelgänger of a score.

The only first-half positive for the Blue, Black and White was a debut try for homegrown flanker Graham.

Replacement Will Butt gathered a Bears pass and broke along the touchline. The ball was quickly moved in-field and 18-year-old Graham collected in the midfield, handed off a couple of challenges and made his way under the sticks. 

SECOND HALF 

The second period began as the first ended for Bath. Scrum-half Simpson looped around wing Prydie and showed sensational pace to finish in the corner.

A step up in intensity and energy was apparent and it resulted in a third try out wide for the visitors. Winning the physical battle with several hard carries, Bailey eventually got his hands on the ball and his looping pass to the right saw Prydie crash over.

But Bristol put any slim hopes of a comeback to bed through forwards Kloska and Eadie, and then a long-distance effort from O’Conor.


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Match details

Ashton Gate
Premiership Rugby Cup
18 March 2022
KO 19:45

Referee: Daniel Jones
Half Time score: 40-7

Bristol:
Tries: Lane (2), Bates (9), Byrne (13), Adeolokun (17, 26), Attwood (33), Kloska (61), Eadie (68), O'Conor (76)
Conversions: Eden (3, 10, 14, 19, 27, 62, 69), Lloyd (76)
Bath:
Tries: Graham (40), Simpson (46), Prydie (53)
Conversions: Bailey (41, 54)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bristol and Bath.

3'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 5 - 0 Bath

Richard Lane scores for Bristol.

4'

Conversion! Bristol 7 - 0 Bath

Tiff Eden with a conversion for Bristol.

10'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 12 - 0 Bath

Jack Bates scores for Bristol.

11'

Conversion! Bristol 14 - 0 Bath

Tiff Eden with a conversion for Bristol.

14'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 19 - 0 Bath

Bryan Byrne scores for Bristol.

15'

Conversion! Bristol 21 - 0 Bath

Tiff Eden with a conversion for Bristol.

18'

Substitution

Arthur Cordwell replaces for Bath.

18'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 26 - 0 Bath

Niyi Adeolokun scores for Bristol.

20'

Conversion! Bristol 28 - 0 Bath

Tiff Eden with a conversion for Bristol.

27'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 33 - 0 Bath

Niyi Adeolokun scores for Bristol.

28'

Conversion! Bristol 35 - 0 Bath

Tiff Eden with a conversion for Bristol.

34'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 40 - 0 Bath

Dave Attwood scores for Bristol.

39'

Substitution

Will Butt replaces Gabriel Hamer-Webb for Bath.

41'

Try for Bath! Bristol 40 - 5 Bath

Mackenzie Graham scores for Bath.

42'

Conversion! Bristol 40 - 7 Bath

Orlando Bailey with a conversion for Bath.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bristol 40 - 7 Bath.

40'

Substitution

George Kloska replaces Jake Armstrong for Bristol.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

47'

Try for Bath! Bristol 40 - 12 Bath

Joe Simpson scores for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Ollie Fox replaces Tom Doughty for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Jacques du Toit replaces for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Kieran Verden replaces Ma'afu Fia for Bath.

49'

Substitution

James Dun replaces Ashley Challenger for Bristol.

49'

Substitution

Tom Sims replaces for Bristol.

54'

Try for Bath! Bristol 40 - 17 Bath

Tom Prydie scores for Bath.

55'

Conversion! Bristol 40 - 19 Bath

Orlando Bailey with a conversion for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Harry Casson replaces Will Spencer for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Will Capon replaces Bryan Byrne for Bristol.

58'

Substitution

Harry Rowson replaces Matt Jones for Bristol.

62'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 45 - 19 Bath

George Kloska scores for Bristol.

63'

Conversion! Bristol 47 - 19 Bath

Tiff Eden with a conversion for Bristol.

63'

Substitution

George Worboys replaces Orlando Bailey for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Macenzzie Duncan replaces Ed Holmes for Bristol.

68'

Substitution

Valery Morozov replaces Richard Lane for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Jac Lloyd replaces Richard Lane for Bristol.

69'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 52 - 19 Bath

Mitch Eadie scores for Bristol.

70'

Conversion! Bristol 54 - 19 Bath

Tiff Eden with a conversion for Bristol.

70'

Substitution

George Taylor replaces for Bristol.

77'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 59 - 19 Bath

Piers O'Conor scores for Bristol.

77'

Conversion! Bristol 61 - 19 Bath

Jac Lloyd with a conversion for Bristol.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bristol.

Final score: Bristol 61 - 19 Bath.