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Supporters Views: Bristol Rugby

04 April 2012

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Supporters View: Bristol Rugby 

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In this month’s edition of Supporters Views, we speak to Bristol Rugby supporter Ben Howcroft.

Twitter name: @benhowcroft

Which RFU Championship side do you support?  BRIIIIIIIISTOL!

How long have you supported the club? Seven years, since moving to the city.

What has been the best game you’ve seen this season and why? Bristol vs London Welsh, mid season. Welsh put in a superb first half performance and were about 12 points up at the break. However, Bristol fought back, and in a try-fest of a second half they scored a cracker from within their own 22 in the dying seconds of the game to pinch the win. The lead kept swapping between Bristol and Welsh and for the home side to take it in such spectacular fashion – you don’t get that kind of rugby outside of the Championship!

Who is your player of the season so far? Either Nottingham's James Arlidge (he was great against Bristol on the weekend) or Iain Grieve – he always stands out in every Bristol game. Jack Tovey also seems to have a cracker every time I watch Bristol.

Who do you think will win the 2011-12 RFU Championship season? My heart says Bristol...and so does my head! They have performed superbly this season and despite two draws recently, I would not expect any team to go through the extensive play-off season with straight wins. They are the most capable of taking things through to the final, and I don’t believe in any Bristol play-off curse – they make their own results.

What do you enjoy about RFU Championship rugby? It is more entertaining to watch than the Premiership and Celtic league...there are always tries and frequent upsets.

Sum up the RFU Championship in three words: Always a ‘Try-Fest’!