• Tomek Pozniak

2nd XV off to a winning start in their new league

Last Wednesday, the UBRFC 2s, 3s and 4s were all scheduled to play their first BUCS games of the season, whilst the 1s faced their first challenge away from home.

The 4th and 1st XV were both away in Cardiff, and upon arrival, learnt that the 4s game had been called off due to the poor weather, which meant their only choice was to stay and support the 1s as they played the newly promoted Cardiff 2s.

The conditions were not pleasant, and did not allow Bristol's favoured running game. Dominance in the set piece once again, however, lead to several scrum penalties, keeping Bristol in Cardiff's 22, and eventually Hywel Rose crossed over for his third BUCS try in two games. A quick response, however, came from Cardiff, and the score was quickly levelled to 7-7. Ollie Pell kicked over a penalty which allowed Bristol to regain the lead, but not for long as Cardiff managed another score to put them 7 ahead, quickly followed by a penalty, to make the score 17-10. A bit of French flair from Martin Cabannes gave Bristol a glimmer of hope, with a great bit of footballing skill close to the Cardiff line, but the conversion was a tricky one and Bristol finished the game 2 points away, at 17-15. Now that USW are no longer competing in BUCS fixtures this year, the 1s have a week off to recover and prep for another away match, a week on Wednesday against St Mary's.

Tries: Rose, Cabannes

Penalties: Pell

The 2nd XV had a much brighter day at the office, winning 24-7 at Dingle against a strong Southampton side. Tries came from Baker, Vialou-Clark and Davies. Rhodri Skyrme and first year Charlie Blackmore shared duties off the tee, scoring one each. George Gadsby picked up the man of the match award, after an outstanding match in the row, whilst Morgan Hammans also put in an immensely physical performance from no. 8. The 2s clearly showed that despite being in a new league, they can carry on their winning ways from last year, and they look to continue to do so as they face Plymouth away from home next week.

Tries: Vialou-Clark, Davies, Baker (2)

Man of the Match: George Gadsby

The 3rd XV were away against Bath, fielding a side featuring multiple 1st year debutants, as well as some returning older years all playing their first game for UBRFC. Despite going into half time only 2 points down at 7-5, a high penalty count in the second half meant Bristol saw very little of the ball, and Bath scored three unanswered tries, to make the final score 26-5 to Bath. All focus is now onto next week, as the 3s face Exeter back at Dingle.

Try: Tom Wright

As previously mentioned, the 4th XV game was sadly cancelled last minute, they now look ahead to their match against Bath Spa next week, also at Coombe Dingle.

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