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Sat, 11 Feb 2017 13:11:07 +0000A win would have seen Bristol off the bottom. Instead a horrible 'performance', relieved only by Tom Varndell's 91st Premiership try, ensured that Bristol would remain stuck in last place and killed off the optimism engendered by the recent league results. In truth there were actually some good aspects to Bristol’s play but they were hugely outweighed by a failure to carry out some of the basics to anything even close to an acceptable standard. Poor ball retention seemed to be the worst culprit, undermining any of the good work Bristol put in. Combine this with a tactical kicking game that failed to give any territory or control and it was a recipe for disaster even against a side that was apparently unable to play for more than 30 seconds without having at least four players collapsing to the ground at the next break in play.
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:59:08 +0000In the first Premiership derby for seven years Bristol came away with a losing bonus point and might even have claimed a draw at the very end. Although Bristol were competitive against a rather makeshift B**h side there is a world of difference between being competitive and winning. Bristol dominated possession for much of the opening quarter and for the closing ten minutes without ever looking able to cross the whitewash except by way of a drive from close range. In between they were under pressure throughout and never seemed able to break that stranglehold. B**h fashioned one breakthrough and scored the only try of the game. Bristol could never quite manage to do the same.
Sat, 12 Nov 2016 09:51:26 +0000A win at last for Bristol. OK, so it wasn't in the Premiership, against a side that wasn't near full-strength and is notoriously poor on the road but it was a win. And quite a good win too. A much heralded new signing made a very positive impact and didn't get injured after twenty minutes and some of the old stagers looked much better than we have seen recently. The defence, while far from perfect looked sharper. The defence of the rolling maul continues to be impressive. Right, who's up next?
Sun, 06 Nov 2016 09:48:20 +0000After a turbulent week for Bristol it was something of a surprise to find there was actually a game of rugby on Friday evening. Yes, it was just the Anglo Welsh Cup and no, Andy Robinson wouldn’t have been in charge for the game in any event but for the optimists it was a chance to see if a Bristol side would show signs of a renaissance. Unsurprisingly, at the start of an interregnum, there really weren’t signs of a new regime. The same virtues and vices were on view. A solid display in the set-piece, a brief flourish of dominance before defensive frailties and poor discipline undid the early good work. However, Bristol never gave up, some individuals did well and that’s probably all we would have wanted from a cup game before the season started. Sadly, given the league results and recent events most supporters will have wanted more.
Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:04:04 +0100Bristol crashed to a 10 - 32 home defeat against Northampton. The bubble of optimism following the performance against 'Quins was well and truly burst after a first half in which a solitary penalty was the sole response to three tries. The second half was a better story but Bristol found out what it is like to face a Premiership side playing much nearer its best than the opponents of last week.
Sun, 04 Sep 2016 12:10:08 +0100Bristol's return to the Premiership saw them came away with a losing bonus point from the London Double Header encounter with Harlequins. A hard fought contest played out in poor conditions with penalty kicks giving the host side a two point victory.
Mon, 28 Mar 2016 19:39:33 +0100Bristol claimed a win with the very last move of the game for a narrow victory that saw both sides finish with try-scoring bonus points and Doncaster take a losing one too. Bristol didn't fire on all cylinders but played right to the end to snatch the spoils from the hosts.
Sun, 14 Feb 2016 10:45:27 +0000Bristol crushed Ealing Trailfinders in a game that illustrated the gulf between top and bottom of the table all too clearly. Despite scoring two clinical tries the visitors were never in the match against a Bristol side that looked comfortable throughout. Nine tries from the hosts tell the story and, dare one say it, the hosts seemed to be playing well within themselves.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:33:22 +0000Bristol notched up a bonus point win against a brave but limited Jersey. In the process, Bristol became the side that has conceded the fewest points in the league, taking that honour from the visitors. The first half in particular featured a structured and effective game plan that left Jersey outclassed as Adrian Jarvis' distribution and kicking forced the monster Jersey pack to turn and turn again as it battled both Bristol and the wind.
Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:34:02 +0000A grey afternoon saw grey opponents crushed 35 points to nil. A record Championship regular season crowd of 11,117 was treated to an impressive festive performance from Bristol. The bonus point try came up within half an hour and Bristol, instead of conceding points prevented London Welsh from scoring any of their own. It was far from a perfect performance but the relegated Premiership side was swept aside and able to offer little in return
Sun, 29 Nov 2015 13:50:13 +0000Bristol dominated much of the game except for a shaky period at the start of the second half during which the visitors scored two tries. Aside from that blip Bristol seemed in control without ever hitting the heights. But it was a performance that brought up a bonus point win and cemented our league position.
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:03:03 +0000Bristol got their B&I Cup campaign back on track with a big win against the clumsily named Scarlets Premiership Select. The decision of the WRU to exclude club sides devalues an already unloved competition and we saw nothing like the pride and passion (or support) that Welsh sides have brought before. Bristol took full advantage of the nature of the opposition and that’s all we can really ask for.
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:28:34 +0000Jonah Tali Lomu 12 May 1975 – 18 November 2015
Sat, 07 Nov 2015 10:39:23 +0000A terrible home defeat had no real positives for Bristol. 27 - 39 meant that the home side claimed no bonus points at all and were out-thought and out-fought in every aspect of the game.
Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:41:51 +0000Bristol managed a win in Penzance for the first time since 2004. That year included three wins at the Mennaye but those had to sustain us ever since. 10 - 40 sounds comfortable and, in truth, it was. Pirates held the lead briefly but scored nothing in the second half. The visiting pack was dominant and laid the foundation for a comprehensive victory. Bristol stay top with a bonus point win against a bogey side.
Mon, 19 Oct 2015 08:49:53 +0100Nearly 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!
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:51:20 +0100Bristol 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.
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:08:46 +0100After the disappointing season opener Bristol claimed a home win after a solid away performance. The win was far from solid though, with the visitors claiming a try bonus point of their own. Perhaps worse was the size of the crowd at just over five and a half thousand. Was it really as big as that? However many there were, the defensive performance will have had the alarm bells ringing even though Bristol managed six tries and played ruthlessly at the final whistle.
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:57:31 +0100Bristol got their season back on track with a bonus point away win against the big spending relegated premiership side. Initial signs were far from promising with the inability to retain possession a hangover from last week's performance. But Bristol knuckled down and tightened up all phases of play, taking all five points on offer with a try at the very end.
Mon, 07 Sep 2015 14:26:47 +0100On a lovely day a disappointing crowd left after a disappointing result and a horrible Bristol performance. As i was walking away from the ground a guy suddenly vomited. The match didn't seem quite that bad to me but everyone's perception is different. Bristol lost because they simply couldn't keep hold of the ball and when it ended up in Bedford hands it usually cost us points. When passes finally began to stick it was too late to overcome a big deficit.