Gordano too strong for the Barbarians
Bristol Barbarians 5 pts Gordano 49 pts - BRISTOL Barbarians found Gordano s fluent running and support play too hot to handle in the sunshine at Whitchurch.
Bristol Barbarians 5 ptsGordano 49 ptsBRISTOL Barbarians found Gordano's fluent running and support play too hot to handle in the sunshine at Whitchurch. The first XV eventually ran in seven tries to extend their winning run in Somerset League 1 to eight matches. The league's bottom club, who featured in Austin Healey's Big Tackle programme on ITV4 over the weekend, have made great strides in restoring team spirit but did not have the fire-power to disrupt third-placed Gordano.With two penalties from Tim Coughlan and the scrum-half's touchline conversion of Nick Stratton's try on the right wing, the visitors were 13-nil up in as many minutes.Tim Statton, in fine form on the blindside, added another from a line-out within five minutes but, while there was plenty of possession, the backs tended to drift across. Fortunately Rob Dyer put things right just before the break by straightening up and stepping smartly through the cover for an unconverted score.At half time coach Keith Leaker asked for more fluidity at the gain line and a more clinical approach in the last third. The next 30 minutes saw an impressive display of running rugby from the visitors. Within five minutes of the restart, Aaron French picked up a pass off his toes to score under the posts, Coughlan's conversion taking the score to 30-nil. That was quickly followed by a try by Dan Martin, finishing off a flowing move down the left and another from Jack Hendy, playing as comfortably at centre as he had at flanker the previous weekend. This time he picked a perfect line off French's pass, Coughlan adding his fourth conversion to take the score to 44-nil.Clean line-out possession provided yet another score for Mark Vowles on the hour but the home team rallied in the last quarter and claimed a close-range try through Craig Skuse. The Black Horse man of the match award went to another of Gordano's emerging youngsters, Jarvis Walters, whose elusive, balanced running wreaked havoc in the opposition defence throughout. Up front, Sam Coles continued to show increased confidence and maturity.Gordano now look forward to a rare weekend off before facing tough games at Wiveliscome and then unbeaten league leaders St Bernadette's Old Boys at Portbury.