to the Aviva Premiership at the first time of asking.
Thomas was appointed forwards boss at Ashton Gate in February this year, following the departure of Mark Bakewell to Leicester Tigers.
The 35-year-old back-rower earned 67 caps for Wales during a distinguished career that included 10 years with the Ospreys and that memorable 2005 Six Nations Grand Slam.
His career was curtailed by repeated concussions and though his forwards job at Bristol, is on an interim basis until the end of the season, it certainly would smarten up his coaching CV.
WE may well be heading into cricket season weather when the sound of leather on willow will fill the sky blue skies.
But those attending the Division One North clash between Pwllheli and Colwyn Bay on Saturday could have been forgiven for mistaking their rugby scoreboard for a cricket version.
In cricket parlance Pwllheli were 141 all out, but in real terms they thrashed Colwyn Bay 141-10 scoring 23 tries in the process, giving the
WITH 181 games for Llanelli, one for Wales before a distinguished career in rugby league with St Helens and Salford, the 64-year-old has plenty of oval-ball miles on the clock.
He’s also coached the North Wales Crusaders, Worcester Warriors and was part of Mike Ruddock’s Welsh back-room team during the 2005 Six Nations Grand Slam-winning campaign.
Since 2012 the former full-back is in a second spell coaching Doncaster Knights but you wonder if any pregame quote would come back to bite him as hard as the one on the weekend.
He said ahead of their clash with Greene King IPA Championship winners Bristol: “It’s going to be a night of celebration for Bristol, who will be looking to celebrate in style, but we are hoping to rain on their parade. We did that a couple of years ago when we beat them down there in the second-leg of the promotion play-off final, though they went up due to a better points aggregate.
“We’ve got a good record at Ashton Gate – we’ve won on our last three visits in the league and cup - so we feel that we’ve got a good chance of another good result down there.”
Final score: Bristol 68 Doncaster 10.
RHYS PRIESTLAND AND ALED BREW
THESE are trying times at Bath and particularly for their director of rugby Todd Blackadder.
Hopes of finishing in the top six of the Aviva Premiership are all but over following their 41-6 humbling at Saracens when literally all six of the home tries came from Bath mistakes.
Wales and Lions No.8 Taulupe Faletau can be excused any criticism as he was Bath’s standout player showing a real zest and pace for the fray, but the same can’t be said of his team-mates.
No.10 Priestland’s pass to Francois Louw was minus the sat-nav and Liam Williams raced away for a try and then a woeful kick from the outside-half saw Richard Wigglesworth score in the right corner.
Priestland’s afternoon went from bad to worse when he failed to look before throwing a pass intended for Tom Dunn straight to Farrell, who scored from 70 metres out.
Brew also mixed some strong running with misguided passes to make it a thoroughly miserable last few months for the west country side.
CALL Roberts’ current Aviva Premiership employers ‘The mighty Quins’ might get a summons under the trades description act.
They headed to Gloucester on Saturday in the midst of an awful run of results with them losing six of their seven games this year, culminating in the dire defeat to basement dwellers London Irish, when Quins were booed from the field.
Their director of rugby John Kingston will at the end of the season while former England flanker Chris Robshaw admitted everyone at the club should look at themselves for the performances that led to his departure.
And with Roberts back for the trip to Kingsholm, things didn’t see a rapid improvement with the Cherry & Whites winning 37-9.
At least Roberts will have the chance to start afresh at Bath next season, though the way The Rec outfit are ending the season frying pan and fire spring to mind. It was something of a low key weekend for Welsh rugby all around with European semi-finals involving two regions just around the corner.
But it didn’t stop a plethora of Welsh winners and losers being thrown up.
We give you the pick of the bunch.
home sided one more boast than being a former club of Lions and Wales wing George North.
> Paul Turner is presiding over a terrific season at Ampthill