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ROTH FATIGUE SETS IN AT BRISTOL?


By Ian Todd
October 5 2015

Bristol claimed a bonus point win against a side with which they have become all too familiar in the past two seasons.  Perhaps that was why a crowd of only 4500 turned out in the face of competing World Cup fixtures.  This contrasts with the 6500 that attended last season's equivalent fixture.  World Cup, high prices, post-play-off blues?  A combination?  The club needs to do something to address this, especially if it continues after the RWC.  And without alienating Season Cardholders who stumped up for Championship rugby at Premiership prices.  It is unlikely that a merely competent performance like this will attract the paying customer on its own.

Rotherham kicked off and Bristol immediately knocked on to give the first scrum of the game.  The Bristol pack proved far too strong for the visitors as they were shoved off the ball and penalised.  The first of many scrum penalties it must be said.  This area of the game was inconsistently and inaccurately refereed throughout, but inconsistent and inaccurate officiating was something of a theme and contributed to a very stop-start affair.

Bristol went over onto the attack but, despite maintaining possession and pressuring the defence, was unable to make the incisive breakthrough.  Indeed, Rotherham managed to put together a couple of phases of their own and were rewarded with a long-range penalty that, fortunately, was well wide of the posts.  Bristol again pressed forward but were still unable to find a way through before coughing up possession in the opposition 22.  Possession that Rath of Roth exploited superbly because Bristol had become far too narrow and there were acres of space out on the right.  He flew down the wing and went in for an unconverted try.

Bristol were swiftly back into the visitors’ half and it looked as if Jack Tovey went in in the far right corner.  Without the ‘benefit’ of an extended review by the TMO it was adjudged to have been lost forward.  There was little complaint from the players so we’ll assume it was the correct decision.  Bristol finally got on the scoreboard (which I think managed to work throughout the match) following a well-executed catch-and-drive move that almost sprinted over the line leaving try scorer Olly Robinson trailing in its wake.  Bristol went close again soon after but the ball was held up over the line.  The half closed with the score at 7 – 5.

Bristol quickly extended the narrow lead in the second period.  Mitch Eadie, working hard throughout, picked up from the base of a retreating scrum and made ground before Robinson took over.  He went close and Gaston Cortes was in support to dive in for a converted try.    The pack were clearly in determined mood and another try for Robinson resulted from another good catch-and drive move that rumbled in, spitting out defenders, before Robinson dotted down for his second  The bonus point was claimed following an excellent break from replacement Craig Hampson that culminated in Tovey going in at the corner.  The conversion from Gavin Henson, whose passing and control of the game was good throughout, was wonderfully struck and Bristol had a 28 – 5 lead with ten minutes to go.    There was time for Rotherham to claim a late consolation try when the Bristol defence went completely asleep and left a huge gap that a surprised-looking Harris trotted through to score virtually untouched.  The final score stood at 28 – 12.

 

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