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Championship Review – Week 15

30 December 2009

  • Bristol displace Exeter at the Championship summit after Sandy Park win
  • Cornish Pirates up to third after seven-try win over Plymouth

Bristol wing Tom Arscott, who scored his eighth try of the season in the 25-16 win over Exeter


Bristol defeated Exeter to take the Championship lead after a dominant performance in the Devon Derby secured a 25-16 win.

Two tries in as many second half minutes from full back Tom Arscott – his eighth of the season – and lock Roy Winters put the game beyond the home side.

Earlier athletic Bristol hooker Richard Blaney raced over from the 22-yard line after collecting a pinpoint Arscott pass, while Gavin Steenson kicked three penalties for the Chiefs.

Flanker James Phillips extended Bristol’s lead before Exeter replacement Nic Sestaret gave the home side hope, but it was too late for a comeback.

Both sides have recorded 13 wins from 15 games but Bristol’s four extra bonus points give them a four point lead at the top of the table.

For a look at the Championship table and a statistical analysis of the season so far, please read the Championship Review – Week 15 (PDF 214kB).

Pirates up to third after big win

Plymouth Albion’s four game winning streak came to an abrupt end as they were on the end of a heavy defeat at the hands of Cornish Pirates.

The Pirates are up to third after full back Rob Cook’s brace set them on the way to seven tries and a 46-7 win at Camborne.

Chris Morgan, Aisea Havili, Gavin Cattle, Blair Cowan and Johnny Bentley also registered, while Matt Hopper scored the solitary try for the visitors, who were missing key players after last weekend’s win over Exeter.

London Welsh were displaced from third place after slipping to a 30-23 defeat against Bedford in a pulsating encounter at Goldington Road.

The score was tied on three separate occasions until Bedford wing Luke Fielden capitalised on Myles Dorrian’s cross-field kick to score in the 70th minute and settle the contest.

Tristian Roberts kicked 16 points as Moseley saw off Coventry 26-20 to settle the Midlands derby at Bilesley Common.

Tries from scrum half Jordi Pasqualin and centre James May saw the home side establish a 26-10 lead and although a James Lewis double gave Coventry hope, the home side held on.

Elsewhere, the games at Rotherham and Nottingham, who were scheduled to play Birmingham & Solihull and Doncaster respectively, were called off due frozen pitches.