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Bristol 51 vs Nottingham 17 - Match Report

A combination of defeat at Bristol and Rotherham Titan's win over Cornish Pirates saw Nottingham drop out of the Championship play-off places.

Bristol Vs Nottingham Away 2015
Photo courtesy of John White

A crowd just short of 8,000 watched Bristol, who included nine internationals in their starting XV, run in eight tries to record an emphatic 51-17 win at Ashton Gate, Gareth Maule and David Lemi both getting hat tricks.

The two No 10s, Matthew Morgan and Tiff Eden, exchanged early penalties before Bristol winger Lemi sent Maule clear for the opening try.

With the conversion missed it was Nottingham who briefly took the lead when Eden tagged on the conversion to a try from Campese Ma'afu after the pack had mauled over.

But the home side replied with two tries in quick succession, both from Lemi, with Morgan converting the second for a 20-10 lead.

And just before the break they secured a bonus point as Maule grabbed his second of the game doing well to gather a crossfield kick from Morgan and touch down in the corner to make it 25-10 at the break, although Eden was unlucky to see a late penalty effort hit the post.

Maule got his third in the opening minutes of the second half before the Green and Whites were reduced to fourteen men following a yellow card for skipper Brent Wilson.

Bristol capitalised on the one-man advantage with yet another penetrating attack that saw back row man Jack Lam force his way over, Morgan's conversion making it 37-10 midway through the second half.

Lemi then completed his hat trick before replacement Ben Mosses tore through the Nottingham defence to touch down under the posts for try number eight.

It was Nottingham who had the consolation of getting the final score though as replacement prop George Porter, back on loan from Worcester, crossed in the closing stages, with Will Maisey converting.

It was a fifth consecutive defeat for Nottingham, one that allowed Titans to leap-frog above them in the Championship table with their 28-10 win at Pirates.