Planet Rugby

Bristol turn the Scarlets pale

28th October 2007 17:44

Share:

Lee Robinson v Scarlets

Take that! Lee Robinson powers over for Bristol's opening try

Bristol followed up three wins out of their last four Guinness Premiership outings with their best performance of the season to beat the Scarlets 18-11 in their opening EDF Energy Cup game at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday.

The home side made eight changes from the side that beat Leeds last weekend in the Premiership and included England World Cup scrum-half Shaun Perry in his first game for his club this season.

Skipper Matt Salter was rested so flanker Joe El Abd came in at openside flanker to lead the side while the Scarlets made six changes, with Irish international flanker Simon Easterby back to lead the side having returned from World Cup duty.

The Magners League side, losing finalists in this competition two seasons ago, included young fly-half Rhys Priestland who kept his place in front of Welsh international half-back Stephen Jones who was on the bench.

It was Priestland who put the visitors in the lead after just five minutes with a 40- metre penalty from in front of the posts but Bristol were quickly back on level terms as fly-half David Hill slotted the ball between the uprights from the same range.

The Scarlets looked set to score a try in the right corner through second row Vernon Cooper but, after consulting with the television video match official, referee Tim Hayes ruled he had put a foot in touch after a Perry tackle.

The referee exerted his control of the game as he punished any dissent after his decisions as he marched Bristol back 10 metres and into their own half.

Priestland was unable to find his target with his next kick from close to the right touchline.

Perry gave an awkward pass to wing Lee Robinson who juggled the ball before embarking on a swerving run for the line but full-back Morgan Stoddart dragged him into touch just short of the line.

But Robinson was rewarded for efforts minutes later from a move started from a scrum in front of the posts.

The ball was worked out for Robinson to step inside the full-back to score but Hill was way off target with the conversion.

Bristol increased their lead on the half hour after opting for a series of scrums close to the line when awarded penalties.

Finally they set up a driving maul with number eight Andrew Blowers getting the touchdown to which Hill to added the extras.

Just before the interval Scarlets wing Matthew Watkins burst 45 metres but centre Rob Higgitt raced back to pull off a try-saving tackle just short of the line.

Then Bristol managed to defend their line to go into the break 15-3 up.

Jones, on as a half-time replacement for Priestland, and Hill exchanged penalties in the opening five minutes of the second half.

The Scarlets then applied pressure on the Bristol line but again the defence was solid.

With 15 minutes still to play Bristol were reduced to 14 men with centre Neil Bew yellow-carded for an infringement at the tackle.

The Scarlets, despite being camped in the Bristol 22, failed to capitalise on the extra man.

On the stroke of full-time Stoddart, taking a flicked pass from centre Regan King, crashed over the line for the Scarlets' only try of the game but Jones was unable to convert from out wide.

The scorers:

For Bristol:

Tries: Robinson, Blowers

Con: Hill

Pens: Hill 2

For the Scarlets:

Try: Stoddart

Pens: Priestland, Stephen Jones

Yellow card: Brew (65, Bristol)

Bristol: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Lee Robinson, 13 Neil Brew, 12 Rob Higgitt, 11 Craig Morgan, 10 David Hill, 9 Shaun Perry, 8 Andrew Blowers, 7 Joe El Abd (c), 6 Nathan Budgett, 5 Sean Hohneck, 4 Gareth Llewellyn, 3 Darren Crompton, 2 David Blaney, 1 Alex Clarke

Replacements: 16 Scott Linklater, 17 Ray Hogan, 18 Dave Attwood, 19 James Phillips, 20 Haydn Thomas, 21 Jason Strange, 22 Luke Eves

Scarlets: 15 Morgan Stoddart, 14 Mark Jones, 13 Regan King, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Matthew Watkins, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Dafydd Jones, 7 Johnathan Edwards, 6 Simon Easterby (c), 5 Adam Eustace, 4 Vernon Cooper, 3 Deacon Manu, 2 James Hayter, 1 Phil John

Replacements: 16 Bruce Douglas, 17 Matthew Rees, 18 Scott MacLeod, 19 Alix Popham, 20 Liam Davies, 21 Stephen Jones, 22 Dafydd James.

Referee: Tim Hayes (Wales)

Touch judges: Phil Fear (England), Huw David (Wales)

Television match official: John Burtenshaw (England), Geoff Warren (England)

Assessor: Paul Bridgman (England)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , October 3
Bath vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 4
London Irish vs Northampton15:00
Harlequins vs London Welsh15:00
Gloucester vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , October 5
Sale vs Wasps14:00
Newcastle vs Exeter15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , October 4
South Africa vs New Zealand16:05
Argentina vs Australia23:40
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 3
Connacht vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Ulster vs Edinburgh19:35
Zebre vs Ospreys19:35
Saturday , October 4
Leinster vs Munster18:30
Sunday , October 5
Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow14:00
Scarlets vs Newport Gwent D'gons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , October 3
Oyonnax vs Toulon20:45
Saturday , October 4
Bordeaux-Begles vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Racing Metro Paris vs Brive18:30
Bayonne vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Lyon18:30
Castres vs Grenoble18:30
Toulouse vs Stade Francais20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , October 3
Pumas vs Blue Bulls15:00
Sharks vs Lions19:10
Saturday , October 4
Cheetahs vs Western Province14:00
Griquas vs Eastern Province Kings15:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 28
Wasps 35 - 18 NewcastleWasps vs Newcastle Report
Exeter 36 - 13 HarlequinsExeter vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton TrevisoNewport Gwent D
More Guinness PRO12 results
ITM Cup
Tasman 32 - 24 OtagoTasman vs Otago Report
Canterbury 26 - 28 SouthlandCanterbury vs Southland Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 27
Leicester 19 - 22 London IrishLeicester vs London Irish Report
Saracens 40 - 19 Sale SharksSaracens vs Sale Sharks Report
Northampton 31 - 24 BathNorthampton vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Rugby Championship
South Africa 28 - 10 AustraliaSouth Africa vs Australia Report
Argentina 13 - 34 New ZealandArgentina vs New Zealand Report
More Rugby Championship results
Guinness PRO12
Zebre 13 - 6 UlsterZebre vs Ulster Report
Munster 14 - 19 OspreysMunster vs Ospreys Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Toulon 40 - 17 MontpellierToulon vs Montpellier Report
Grenoble 27 - 25 Racing Metro ParisGrenoble vs Racing Metro Paris Report
Brive 34 - 24 Bordeaux-Begles
Oyonnax 8 - 19 Clermont Auvergne
Stade Francais 43 - 10 La Rochelle
Lyon 28 - 18 Castres
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Sharks 53 - 24 Eastern Province KingsSharks vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Griquas 8 - 46 LionsGriquas vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Waikato 20 - 22 ManawatuWaikato vs Manawatu Report
North Harbour 28 - 25 Hawkes Bay
Counties Manukau 55 - 7 WellingtonCounties Manukau vs Wellington Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 26
London Welsh 10 - 46 GloucesterLondon Welsh vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 37 - 23 Cardiff BluesLeinster vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens418
2Northampton416
3Bath415
4Exeter414
5Wasps411