Full-time: Bristol Rugby 41 Bridgend Ravens 3
BRISTOL Rugby extended their winning run to five games with a British & Irish Cup demolition of Bridgend – but the victory appears to have come at a cost, with several players suffering injuries.
Flanker Iain Grieve, prop Gaston Cortes, winger Matt Williams and No 8 Mitch Eadie all went off injured and will be assessed over the weekend.
Aside from the concerns over four of his players, Bristol head coach Liam Middleton was pleased with another professional job as Bristol made it four wins from four in Pool One of the British & Irish Cup to remain ahead of Ulster. Their clash in Belfast on January 11 will effectively settle qualification for the quarter-final.
Rhys Lawrence scored two tries for Bristol, while Wayne Thompson grabbed a collector's item of a score, Alafoti Faosiliva made it five tries in three games and George Biagi went over for the first time in Bristol's colours. The hosts were also awarded a penalty try.
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Bristol led 22-3 at half-time after bossing the opening period, with Bridgend taking until the 38th minute to even find their way into the hosts' 22.
Jarvis kicked Bristol into a third-minute lead with a penalty, and, with the home side enjoying one-way traffic, they won a penalty try when Jack Gadd was taken out off the ball by Adam Hillier-Rees as he prepared to collect Jarvis' pass. Hillier-Rees was shown the yellow card.
Jarvis added the conversion for a 10-0 lead – and it was soon 15 versus 13, and 17-0, when visiting skipper Alex Jones saw yellow for stamping.
From the resulting penalty, Bristol deployed their ever-effective line-out drive, from which hooker Lawrence peeled off and dived over. Jarvis again converted for a 17-0 lead.
With Bristol, for a second week running, enjoying set-piece dominance, they forced a penalty at a scrum and again kicked to touch, with Thompson rumbling over for a rare try, before Ben Thomas kicked what proved to be Bridgend's only points of the game.
Bristol continued to boss proceedings after the break, Lawrence going over after another powerful Bristol drive to seal the bonus point, before Faosiliva tore through a gap to continue his scoring spree.
Bridgend caused Bristol few problems – but what they threw at them, the home side dealt with easily, before Biagi went over following a flowing move from the hosts in the final minute.
Bristol: J Goodridge; G Watkins, L Eves, J Gadd, M Williams (J Grindal 58); A Jarvis (M Jones 73), T Slater; K Traynor (M Lilley 55), R Lawrence (T Channon 73), G Cortes (W Thompson 12), B Glynn, G Biagi, I Grieve (capt; M Eadie 18 (G Townson 53)), M Mama, A Faosiliva.
Scorers: Tries – penalty, Lawrence (2), Thompson, Faosiliva, Biagi. Cons – Jarvis (4). Pen – Jarvis.
Bridgend: Ashley Evans (C Williams 77); L Morgan, N Edwards, S Campbell, R Ward Jones; J Murphy (B Thomas 18), T Habberfield; K Dowding (D Suter 73), M Dwyer (A James 64), D Suter (J Thomas 64), L Davies, A Jones (capt), A Waite, T Morgan (Alun Evans 41), A Hillier-Rees (A Ellis 25). Rep not used: R Thomas.
Scorers: Pen – B Thomas.
Sin-binned: Hillier-Rees (13-25, professional foul); Jones (23-35, stamping).
Referee: J Matthews. Att: 2,836.