Planet Rugby

Bristol circle the plughole

13th February 2009 21:32

Share:

This was the relegation play-off as far as the Guinness Premiership was concerned. Newcatle prevailed 35-3, and so will live to see another season. Bristol, bar miracles, are now doomed.

Newcastle moved above Worcester and Wasps, for now at least, as they recorded their first Guinness Premiership win on the road since December 2007, collecting a bonus point in the process.

Both sides had played down the game being a relegation decider but behind the scenes it was a different picture, Bristol head coach Richard Hill taking the squad and a number of supporters out for a meal on Tuesday.

Hill wanted the players to hear first-hand from supporters how important the match was to them, and this was followed by two former SAS officers attending a training session to explain how they dealt with difficult situations.

Newcastle were denied an early lead when wing Danny Williams went over the line but the final pass from centre Tane Tu'ipulotu was judged to have been forward.

But a couple of minutes later Bristol were penalised in the scrum and fly-half Tom May kicked the resulting penalty.

After a brief foray into the Falcons half, the home side were quickly on the back foot and lock Geoff Parling went over from close range.

May added the conversion and a penalty a couple of minutes later before Bristol finally got on the scoreboard with a penalty from fly-half Ed Barnes with 15 minutes on the clock.

On the half hour May kicked his third penalty from just outside the 22 but Barnes was wide with a touchline penalty attempt five minutes before the break to leave the Falcons leading 16-3.

Bristol, who appeared to lack confidence in the opening 40 minutes, started the second period strongly but wasted the first opportunity to reduce the arrears as Barnes was wide with a relatively simply penalty.

May was off target with his next penalty attempt from 35 metres but the visitors regained their grip on the game with openside flanker Ed Williamson breaking down the right touchline to score their second try.

The Falcons rubbed more salt into Bristol wounds with an excellent blindside move down the right touchline with replacement number eight Brent Wilson, who had been on the pitch for less than five minutes, getting the try with May adding the extras.

With less than 10 minutes left the Falcons secured a bonus-point try through replacement lock Andy Perry, May adding the conversion.

The scorers:

For Bristol:

Pen: Barnes

For Newcastle:

Tries: Parling, Williamson, Wilson, Perry

Cons: May 3

Pens: May 3

The teams:

Bristol: 15 Luke Arscott 14 Lee Robinson, 13 Nathan Brew, 12 Neil Brew, 11 David Lemi, 10 Ed Barnes, 9 Shaun Perry, 8 Dan Ward-Smith, 7 Alfie To'oala, 6 Matt Salter (c), 5 Nathan Budgett, 4 Roy Winters, 3 Darren Crompton, 2 Mark Regan, 1 Mark Irish.

Replacements: 16 David Blaney, 17 Wayne Thompson, 18 Dave Attwood, 19 Joe El Abd, 20 Graeme Beveridge, 21 Adrian Jarvis, 22 Luke Eves.

Newcastle: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Danny Williams, 13 Jamie Noon, 12 Tane Tu'ipulotu, 11 John Rudd, 10 Tom May, 9 Micky Young, 8 Adam Balding, 7 Ed Williamson, 6 Phil Dowson (c), 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Rob Vickers, 1 David Wilson.

Replacements: 16 Matt Thompson, 17 Jon Golding, 18 Andy Perry, 19 Brent Wilson, 20 Hall Charlton, 21 Rory Clegg, 22 Spencer Davey.

Referee: Rob Debney

Touch judges: Paul Dix, Alan Biggs

Television match official: Laurie Bryant

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Heineken Cup
Saturday , April 26
Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne15:40
More Heineken Cup fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Sunday , April 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs OspreysNewport Gwent D
Saturday , April 26
Glasgow vs Edinburgh19:05
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Amlin Challenge Cup
Friday , April 25
Northampton vs Harlequins20:00
More Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 25
Blues vs Waratahs17:35
Brumbies vs Chiefs17:40
Sharks vs Highlanders19:10
Saturday , April 26
Hurricanes vs Reds19:35
Western Force vs Bulls17:40
Cheetahs vs Stormers17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 20
Northampton 36 - 21 London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Report
Newcastle 18 - 23 SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Cardiff Blues 17 - 13 ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , April 19
Bath 32 - 20 WorcesterBath vs Worcester Report
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Wasps 38 - 30 GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Zebre 26 - 13 EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Report
Connacht 23 - 32 MunsterConnacht vs Munster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Oyonnax 19 - 19 ToulouseOyonnax vs Toulouse Report
Stade Francais 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Biarritz 19 - 13 Brive
Racing Metro Paris 22 - 6 Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Perpignan 31 - 46 ToulonPerpignan vs Toulon Report
Grenoble 21 - 21 Bayonne
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 17 - 18 CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 19 - 12 BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Report
Stormers 18 - 3 LionsStormers vs Lions Report
Sharks 19 - 8 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins 24 - 20 LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
Glasgow 27 - 9 UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Castres 22 - 15 MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens2080
2Northampton2071
3Bath2064
4Leicester Tigers2064
5Harlequins2058