First Half Blitz Boosts Bristol
Full match report by ANDI STARR
A vastly improved second half performance from Nottingham was
not enough to prevent them slipping to a sixth straight defeat,
beaten 33-18 at Bristol.
The home side put together an impressive performance over the
first half, running in four tries to secure a bonus point.
But the Green and Whites were below par in that first period,
and although they stepped up a gear or two, and tightened up their
defence, after the break they wasted scoring chances that could
have put Bristol under more pressure.
They started well enough, taking the lead with a Matt Jarvis
penalty, but Bristol grabbed their first try within minutes as
winger George Watkins supported a blindside break from Marco Mama
for an easy try. Tristan Roberts converted to give his side a 7-3
A Jarvis penalty came back off the woodwork before an early
wasted chance cost them dearly, Bristol grabbing their second try
of the game minutes later as Watkins ran in his second from
halfway. Roberts made it 14-3 with a straightforward
Jarvis put a second penalty over, before Tom Calladine grabbed a
try for Nottingham from a lineout midway inside the home 22 to make
But within four minutes Bristol cancelled out that score when
Ben Mosses squeezed in for an unconverted try just before the half
The bonus point try came from a scrum deep inside their own
half, Watkins and Ruki Tipuna broke away before sending Roberts in
for the score, which he converted to make it 26-11 at the
Before that half time whistle though Nottingham found themselves
a man short as prop Campese Ma'afu was rather harshly
While he was off the field Bristol grabbed their fifth try from
a quickly taken penalty, Roberts crossing for his second and then
adding the conversion to make it 33-11.
But the Green and Whites' defence was much more effective over
the final half hour, and that proved to be Bristol's final score of
Alex Shaw grabbed a try for the Green and Whites, which Jarvis
converted, but they will be disappointed with a first half
performance that left them with too much to do.