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Gloucester pile on Bristol misery

21st November 2008 22:08

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Olly Morgan opener v Bristol

Olly Morgan dives over for Gloucester's opener

Gloucester scored five tries to Bristol's one in a convincing 39-10 win over their west country rivals on Friday in the Guinness Premiership at Kingsholm, leaving Bristol rooted to the bottom of the Guinness Premiership.

The hosts scored tries through Olly Morgan, Peter Buxton (two), Alex Brown and Ryan Lamb in a one-sided romp.

Bottom-placed Bristol meanwhile had to make do with a late touchdown from David Lemi.

In a week when Bristol asked for investors to come forward and plough in excess of £2m into their coffers, Gloucester were able to field an embarrassment of riches even on a Test-match weekend.

Cherry and Whites boss Dean Ryan named no less than nine internationals in the starting side with another four - including Olly Barkley and Lesley Vainikolo - on the bench.

And, although Bristol fought bravely in the first quarter of an hour, they were always likely to be outgunned by the more powerful home side.

Fly-half Adrian Jarvis kicked an early penalty for Bristol after Gloucester were penalised 30 metres out from their posts, but it was only a rare appearance in the home 22.

By half-time, Gloucester were bearing down on a try bonus point already as they led 25-3, and could have had more had it not been for some brave defending and a couple of unforced mistakes.

Two of the three first-half tries they scored, however, were outstanding as first full-back Morgan finished off a move across the back division to the left touchline by cutting back inside and leaving ex-England number eight Dan Ward-Smith floundering in the floor.

Then a quick lineout throw to the front on half-way saw scrum-half Dave Lewis burst 40 metres and within range before unselfishly putting the ball inside for flanker Buxton, in support, to barge over.

Buxton also finished off another movement, this time on the right touchline, where number eight Luke Narraway - who toured New Zealand in the summer with England - gave a neat scoring pass to his flanker.

And, with fly-half Lamb keeping the scoreboard ticking over with a penalty, 30-metre drop-goal and two conversions, it was looking like a long evening for the visiting Memorial Stadium side.

Former England scrum-half Shaun Perry, who changed things around when he came on against Northampton last Sunday and helped Bristol get their only Premiership victory of the season so far, came on at the interval for Scotsman Graeme Beveridge and immediately gave the visitors some impetus.

It stemmed Gloucester's momentum for 10 minutes and put them within scoring range on occasions.

However, for all the hard metres that Bristol gained, a bruising tackle in midfield and a handling mistake under pressure kept them frustrated.

And the bonus point came for Gloucester just before the hour when an attack involving Mike Tindall, who nearly got over, saw the ball reach the outstanding Narraway near the posts and he sent lock Brown over.

It did not help Bristol either that centre Ed Barnes threw a wild pass on half-way which was intercepted by Lamb to race 50 metres under the posts, making his own conversion simple.

There was some crumbs of comfort for the visitors to take on the short drive home when wing Lemi sprinted in at the left corner, and Barnes booted a brilliant touchline conversion.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:

Tries: Morgan, Buxton 2, Brown, Lamb

Cons: Lamb 4

Pen: Lamb

Drop goal: Lamb

For Bristol:

Try: Lemi

Con: Barnes

Pen: Jarvis

Gloucester: 15 Olly Morgan, 14 Iain Balshaw, 13 Mike Tindall (c), 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Matthew Watkins, 10 Ryan Lamb, 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Luke Narraway, 7 Apo Satala, 6 Peter Buxton, 5 Alex Brown, 4 Will James, 3 Jack Forster, 2 Olivier Azam, 1 Nick Wood.

Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Dave Young, 18 Adam Eustace, 19 Andy Titterrell, 20 Jordi Pasqualin, 21 Olly Barkley, 22 Lesley Vainikolo.

Bristol: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Tom Arscott, 13 Neil Brew, 12 Ed Barnes, 11 David Lemi, 10 Adrian Jarvis, 9 Graeme Beveridge, 8 Dan Ward-Smith, 7 Joe El Abd (c), 6 Alfie To'oala, 5 Robert Sidoli, 4 Roy Winters, 3 Darren Crompton, 2 Mark Regan, 1 Alex Clarke.

Replacements: 16 Scott Linklater, 17 Peter Bracken, 18 Mariano Sambucetti, 19 Iain Grieve, 20 Shaun Perry, 21 Luke Eves, 22 Lee Robinson.

Referee: Andrew Small

Touch judges: Bob Mullis, Alan Biggs

Assessor: Brian Leigh

Television match official: Matt Peters, David Matthews

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