rss

Author Archive for Robert Kitson at Ashton Gate

0

Exeter win it the hard way to fulfil Tony Rowe’s Europe ambition | Robert Kitson

Having led 28-17 losing Tomas Francis to the sin-bin set up a final act of pure agony before the euphoriaOnce upon a time in the west there was a team who made their region proud. What a shame there were no supporters in the ground to witness the ultim…

0

Billy Keast’s late try earns leaders Exeter wild win on windy night in Bristol

Bristol 22-25 ExeterReplacement prop goes over with two minutes leftEven a windy night in Bristol could not blow table-topping Exeter off course in their pursuit of the title. The gap between the Premiership leaders and the second-placed Bears is now 1…

0

Bristol beat Gloucester in dramatic finish to boost their survival hopes

• Bristol 28-24 Gloucester• Outstanding long-range effort from Ian Madigan seals winBristol’s first victory over Gloucester in the Premiership for 11 years could hardly have materialised at a more opportune moment. This breathless win, their first leag…

0

Olly Woodburn double helps Exeter rediscover old selves against Bristol

• Bristol 17-41 Exeter
• Thomas Waldrom also scores twice as Chiefs secure first away win

Somerset may have missed out on the County Championship but the West Country is currently enjoying a sporting renaissance. For the first time there are four clubs from the region in the Premiership and the title of “best in the west” has never been so keenly contested. Exeter, on this evidence, stand every chance of being crowned cider kings while Bristol could already do with some urgent refreshment.

A fourth straight defeat for Andy Robinson’s side was not as sobering an experience as last weekend’s 70-point hammering at Wasps but, once again, Bristol could not live with high-ranking opponents. With the Chiefs forwards on the front foot and Gareth Steenson expertly marshalling his backs, the final margin would have been wider still had Exeter played at full bore for the entire 80 minutes.

Continue reading…

0

Bristol end seven-year Premiership exile at Doncaster’s expense

• Bristol 32-34 Doncaster (Bristol win 60-47 on agg)

The road has been long and winding but Bristol’s seven-year exile from the Premiership is finally over. If relief was the dominant emotion when promotion at London Irish’s expense was confirmed, courtesy of tries by Will Cliff and James Phillips and 22 points from Welsh fly-half Callum Sheedy, it was wholly understandable given their uneasy track record in the Championship play-offs.

It was probably just as well Bristol completed the job this time, given their owner Steve Lansdown took the brave decision to grab the PA microphone at half-time and declare his team were “almost there”. Had they fallen short again it would have been an unbearable occasion; instead Andy Robinson, their long-suffering director of rugby, can finally breathe again. His increasingly nervous team ended up conceding four tries but aggregate victory was their sole goal.

Continue reading…