Last Wednesday, the First XV won 37-19 to start their 2019/20 BUCS campaign at home against Bath. The first half began brightly with captain Hywel Rose barging his way over, following some dominance at scrum time. Bath quickly responded with a try of their own, utilising their large forward pack well to suck in the UBRFC defence, which meant it took just a few passes to score in the corner. A quick response was needed to get back on the front foot, and it came within 30 seconds of the restart, as Ben Sackey charged down an attempted clearance kick, and the ball was there for the taking for Tomek Pozniak, who ran in unopposed to score Bristol's second try. Bath scored again in a similar manner to their first, but missed the conversion, meaning Bristol went into half time 14-12 up, thanks to two well - struck conversions from Ollie Pell. The second half began just as physical as the first, Bristol managed to get their third score of the game, thanks to some slick hands in the backs which meant Martin Cabannes went over in the corner. Strong running from Rose meant he scored his second, but Bath again responded with a forwards try of their own, as their driving maul worked well once again and they were able to narrow the scoreline. Pell, however, continued his strong form off the tee and scored 2 penalties to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The final nail in the coffin came from Harry Jones scoring his first First XV try, following some strong running from debutant Alex Jewson, a few neat offloads got the ball into Jones' hands and he crossed the line with two or three Bath players on his back.
A strong start to the season for the 1s, they now look ahead to their next fixture against Cardiff (A). UBRFC's 3 other teams are also all in action for the first time this year, the 2s are at home against Southampton, the 3s face Bath away and the 4s are also on the road to play Cardiff.
Tries: Rose (2), Pozniak, Cabannes, Jones
Penalties: Pell (2)
Man of the Match: Ewan Evans