The first Wednesday Night Lights of the year saw the UBRFC 1st XV face the Royal Navy u23s, which proved to be an extremely physical battle where Bristol prevailed victors, 63-0. Highlights of the game include Bristol’s domination up front in the first half from the forwards, Macca Hayward crossed the line within five minutes thanks to a well executed line out move. The second try came shortly after, as a loose line out throw was picked up by Ben Solomon, neatly offloaded to Ewan Evans, who crashed over for UBRFC’s second try in the first 10 minutes.
The forwards continued to dominate set piece, consistent scrum penalties in Bristol’s favour allowed them to stay put in the Navy half of the pitch, then a second well worked line out move saw Solomon make a break down the wing, and Captain Hywel Rose was first to react at the breakdown, and quickly dotted down Bristol’s third score of the half.
The fourth came not so long after, as a well worked backs move manipulated the Navy defence straight off a scrum, allowing Tomek Pozniak to run through untouched. Hugh Hamilton-Green made the break which led to the fifth try of the half, thanks to a lovely inside pass from Will Sharp, who was flawless off the tee all day. Hamilton-Green ran through a tired Navy defence, and a swift offload to Martin Cabannes put the Frenchman in for his first score of the season.
The final try of the half came from some quick thinking from Calum Waters, a quick tap and go caught the Navy off guard, allowing him to grab his first try in UBRFC colours. This meant Bristol went into half time 42-0 up, the huge Dingle crowd were only hoping it would be a similar story in the second forty.
This was not the case, as the Navy well and truly came out fighting, throwing everything they had at the Bristol line, but after an exceptionally strong defence shift for the first 20 minutes of the half, the score remained 42-0.
Changes were made by both sides, Will Sharp, who had been flawless off the tee all day - knocking over all six conversion attempts in the first half, sadly had to come off due to a thumb. He was replaced by Blake Edwards, who immediately made an impact, scoring the first points of the second half, showing great strength in contact to drive over from short range. Harry Yates added the extras, and UBRFC were back on the front foot. Substitutions made in the forward pack did not hinder the set piece dominance, as Will Verdan crossed the line thanks to yet another strong driving maul. The final score of the game once again came through strong running from Edwards, as he ran through untouched from short range. Yates again kicked the conversion, making the score 63-0.
The game was useful for both sides, and we hope to continue it in the future, as it proved to be a great event, with hundreds of spectators coming to watch, raising almost £500 for Off The Record. It also concludes UBRFC’s pre season, as they now look ahead to their first BUCS game of the season vs Bath, back at Dingle on Wednesday 2nd October.
Tries: Hayward, Evans, Rose, Pozniak, Cabannes, Waters, Edwards (2), Verdan
Conversions: Sharp (6), Yates (3)
Man of the Match: Tomek Pozniak