Eal­ing keep heat on Bris­tol with win over Carnegie

The Rugby Paper - - News - ■ By WILL CARPENTER

UN­BEATEN league lead­ers Bris­tol racked up 50 points for the sec­ond time this sea­son as they brushed aside win­less Rother­ham in an eight-try de­mo­li­tion at Ash­ton Gate.

Pat Lam’s ram­pant side wrapped up the bonus point within 29 min­utes as scores from Ross McMil­lan, Tusi Pisi and Joe Joyce fol­lowed a 14th-minute penalty try, af­ter Caolan Ryan’s penalty had given Ti­tans an early lead.

Aside from Rho­dri Davies’ late con­so­la­tion, that was as good as it got for the vis­i­tors, as a sec­ond penalty try, Luke Mo­ra­han, Ja­son Har­ris-Wright and Tom Varn­dell wrapped up an eighth suc­ces­sive league win for the hosts. Head coach Pat Lam,

right, said: “We’re re­ally pleased. We’re slowly evolv­ing into the team we want Bris­tol to be.

“We saw from Rother­ham’s game against Eal­ing that if you give them a chance, they’re not a bad side, so it was re­ally down to us to get the men­tal side of our game right.

“That’s two tough games in a row – and we’ve got a third now on Fri­day at York­shire.”

It was Rother­ham who took the lead when fly-half Ryan landed a third minute penalty af­ter Dan Thomas had in­fringed at the ruck. But Bris­tol soon hit their stride and a sec­ond suc­ces­sive surge at scrum time saw Adam Leal award a penalty try.

McMil­lan broke free from an­other such drive to stretch over for Bris­tol’s sec­ond be­fore the best of a 12-minute salvo ar­rived courtesy of Tusi Pisi, as the Samoan cen­tre crashed over in the corner af­ter a beau­ti­ful in­ter­change from Tom Varn­dell and Cal­lum Sheedy in a con­gested fiveme­tre chan­nel.

Joyce marked his 50th

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