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By Ian Todd
October 19 2015

Nearly ninety points in a game between first and second in the league.  Bristol came out on top 47 - 42 and survived a real scare towards then end when looking comfortably in front.  Tense stuff but on balance Bristol deserved the win that took them to the top of the table.  Not that that matters, of course!

The early action was something of a disaster for Bristol, with Ben Glynn off injured with less than a minute gone and then Leedshire three points up with a penalty.  Bristol had to steady themselves and virtually start the game from scratch and were quickly making ground and the visitors were promptly penalised for not rolling away.  Gavin Henson made a typically good touch just inside the 22.  The drive from the lineout was a good one and Leedshire were penalised again, with Pilgrim shown yellow for the offence.  It was the same again from Bristol and this time from much closer and the drive went up to the Leedshire line only to be held up with a try begging.  However, third time proved the charm and Ross McMillan touched down.  Surprisingly Henson was wide of the mark with his conversion attempt.

Bristol went further in front soon after with a well-judged pass from Henson that released Jack Tovey to slice through the defensive line and into space.  Tovey popped the ball up to the supporting Olly Robinson who went in for a converted try.  However Leedshire were straight back at Bristol and a penalty was dispatched to touch.  The catch-and-drive went in and the Bristol defence had no answer as the sharp Bainbridge flopped over the line.  People will point out Bristol’s inability to defend the close-range rolling maul (conceding, what, four tries from the tactic).  That’s true enough as far as it goes; but I’d ask how, given the way the rolling maul is refereed nowadays, a maul can be legally defended?  After all, Bristol also scored from the catch-and-drive and that with a generally smaller set of forwards.  No matter what, it took the visitors back in front.

A lead they held for just a short while before a Henson penalty took Bristol to 15 – 13.  Bristol pushed for more points and the excellent Jack Lam, looking fresh and eager after his World Cup exertions, made a good break following an overthrown Leedshire lineout.  Sadly a stray boot caught the ball to allow Leedshire to regain possession.  Bristol were penalised and the long-range effort sailed over.  In a topsy-turvy first half Bristol regained the lead with, yes, a catch-and-drive move following a penalty kick to touch and Robinson dotting down for his second and making the half time score 22 – 16.

The second period started well for Bristol with Henson nudging his side further in front with another penalty.  Leedshire tried to hit back, aided by a charged down of a Henson clearance, only to knock-on.  Ryan Edwards claimed the ball and sprinted away on an arcing run that culminated in a dash down the left wing, a swerve out of the tackle and a wonderful try in the corner.  Henson could not convert but the move brought the crowd to its feet.  Leedshire looked momentarily stunned.  But it truly was just a moment and they narrowed the gap swiftly with, you guessed it, a try from Bainbridge following a rolling maul to make it 30 -23.

Not to be outdone Bristol went for touch when Leedshire went offside.  This attempted catch-and-drive was not so successful, being driven back, but Lam burst clear and hammered through the defenders to touch down for a converted try.

Bristol looked rampant when Nick Koster broke clear down the right wing before offloading to Tom Varndell.  The defence swarmed around him but he flipped the ball out to Will Cliff who just had the pace to outdistance the defence and suddenly it was 44 – 23.  Leedshire should have been own and out but shocking Bristol discipline let them get a toehold back in the game.  A soft penalty let the visitors gain territory before the familiar lineout move started up.  But the Bristol defence held firm and Leedshire were penalised just metres out.  Stupidly the penalty was then reversed for some silly slapping and this time the drive was a good one and Bainbridge went in for another converted try.  Bristol had no one to blame for this than their own foolish indiscipline.

Stung into action Edwards frustrated Leedshire at the restart and Max Crumpton (who may have thought he had something to atone for) seized possession and made great progress with defenders clinging to him.  Leedshire were penalised and replacement Adrian Jarvis’ penalty should have settled things with Bristol now 17 points clear and the end in sight.

Oh no, that was not how it went at all.  First the horribly efficient Leedshire rolling maul made another unwelcome appearance.  We were all getting fed up with seeing Bainbridge claim the points.  Well, all of us except Leedshire.  Fortunately, and surprisingly, the conversion attempt struck the upright.  But that wasn’t it for Leedshire, or Bainbridge.  A terribly slack piece of play at the ruck left the ball unprotected and out in the open.  Bainbridge strode through, picked up and totted over completely unopposed to take the score to 47 -42. The closing minutes were an incredibly tense affair with the visitors smashing away at the Bristol defensive line, half-breaks hauled down and discipline firm.  After all, a penalty to touch and it was likely that Leedshire would be in.  For all their efforts the visitors just could not find a way though and at the death were turned over and the ball gratefully reclaimed and booted into touch.

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Nearly ninety points in a game between first and second in the league.

Bristol came out on top 47 - 42 and survived a real scare towards then end when looking comfortably in front. Tense stuff but on balance Bristol deserved the win that took them to the top of the table.

Not that that matters, of course!

The early action was something of a disaster for Bristol, with Ben Glynn off injured with less than a minute gone and then Leedshire three points up with a penalty. Bristol had to steady themselves and virtually start the game from scratch and were quickly making ground and the visitors were promptly penalised for not rolling away. Gavin Henson made a typically good touch just inside the 22. The drive from the lineout was a good one and Leedshire were penalised again, with Pilgrim shown yellow for the offence. It was the same again from Bristol and this time from much closer and the drive went up to the Leedshire line only to be held up with a try begging. However, third time proved the charm and Ross McMillan touched down. Surprisingly Henson was wide of the mark with his conversion attempt.

Bristol went further in front soon after with a well-judged pass from Henson that released Jack Tovey to slice through the defensive line and into space. Tovey popped the ball up to the supporting Olly Robinson who went in for a converted try. However, Leedshire were straight back at Bristol and a penalty was dispatched to touch. The catch-and-drive went in and the Bristol defence had no answer as the sharp Bainbridge flopped over the line. People will point out Bristol’s inability to defend the close-range rolling maul (conceding, what, four tries from the tactic). That’s true enough as far as it goes; but I’d ask how, given the way the rolling maul is refereed nowadays, a maul can be legally defended? After all, Bristol also scored from the catch-and-drive and that with a generally smaller set of forwards. No matter what, it took the visitors back in front.

A lead they held for just a short while before a Henson penalty took Bristol to 15 – 13. Bristol pushed for more points and the excellent Jack Lam, looking fresh and eager after his World Cup exertions, made a good break following an overthrown Leedshire lineout. Sadly a stray boot caught the ball to allow Leedshire to regain possession. Bristol were penalised and the long-range effort sailed over. In a topsy-turvy first half, Bristol regained the lead with, yes, a catch-and-drive move following a penalty kick to touch and Robinson dotting down for his second and making the half time score 22 – 16.

The second period started well for Bristol with Henson nudging his side further in front with another penalty. Leedshire tried to hit back, aided by a charge down of a Henson clearance, only to knock-on. Ryan Edwards claimed the ball and sprinted away on an arcing run that culminated in a dash down the left wing, a swerve out of the tackle and a wonderful try in the corner. Henson could not convert but the move brought the crowd to its feet. Leedshire looked momentarily stunned. But it truly was just a moment and they narrowed the gap swiftly with, you guessed it, a try from Bainbridge following a rolling maul to make it 30 -23.

Not to be outdone Bristol went for touch when Leedshire went offside. This attempted catch-and-drive was not so successful, being driven back, but Lam burst clear and hammered through the defenders to touch down for a converted try.

Bristol looked rampant when Nick Koster broke clear down the right wing before offloading to Tom Varndell. The defence swarmed around him but he flipped the ball out to Will Cliff who just had the pace to outdistance the defence and suddenly it was 44 – 23. Leedshire should have been down and out but shocking Bristol discipline let them get a toehold back in the game. A soft penalty let the visitors gain territory before the familiar lineout move started up. But the Bristol defence held firm and Leedshire were penalised just metres out. Stupidly the penalty was then reversed for some silly slapping and this time the drive was a good one and Bainbridge went in for another converted try. Bristol had no one to blame for this than their own foolish indiscipline.

Stung into action Edwards frustrated Leedshire at the restart and Max Crumpton (who may have thought he had something to atone for) seized possession and made great progress with defenders clinging to him. Leedshire were penalised and replacement Adrian Jarvis’ penalty should have settled things with Bristol now 17 points clear and the end in sight.

Oh no, that was not how it went at all. First the horribly efficient Leedshire rolling maul made another unwelcome appearance. We were all getting fed up with seeing Bainbridge claim the points. Well, all of us except Leedshire. Fortunately, and surprisingly, the conversion attempt struck the upright. But that wasn’t it for Leedshire or Bainbridge. A terribly slack piece of play at the ruck left the ball unprotected and out in the open. Bainbridge strode through, picked up and trotted over completely unopposed to take the score to 47 -42.

The closing minutes were an incredibly tense affair with the visitors smashing away at the Bristol defensive line, half-breaks hauled down and discipline firm. After all, a penalty to touch and it was likely that Leedshire would be in. For all their efforts, the visitors just could not find a way through and at the death were turned over and the ball gratefully reclaimed and booted into touch.

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