Bristol Sports Update - Bristol Rugby and local rugbyPosted on: 22 Apr 2015
Bristol Rugby Club will be playing what is hoped to be their last Greene King IPA Championship game of the regular season this Saturday 25 April away at Worcester Warriors.
In the home fixture back on 7th September 2014 Bristol Rugby had to come from behind several times with tries from wingers David Lemi and Andy Short before the eightieth minute winner from centre Ben Mosses. Both teams are likely to feature in the play off final and the winner on Saturday should face Rotherham Titans with the loser playing London Scottish in the home and away semi-finals.
The local rugby season has just about finished aside from some Cup Games. Here' s some Bristol teams that have done well, and not so well!
National League Two South - There is still one week left of the season with fixtures this Saturday 25th April but Clifton take the honours this year over their local rivals Dings who are already relegated. Clifton are in 11th place and might move up one position with victory away at Canterbury. Dings Crusaders are already relegated and sit at the bottom of the table with just 3 wins and a draw from 29 fixtures. They are at home to 7th placed Chinnor and whilst they can do nothing about where they finish they should try to curtail their opposition to under 28 points so that they don't ship over 1,000 points against them this season. Ones to watch though are Taunton Titans from just down the M5. A win for them on Saturday and a result going their way with Launceston beating Bishop's Stortford and they could be promoted to National League 1 - good luck!
National League Three South West - Hornets who have been flying through the leagues in recent season finished in a very respectable 6th place ahead of Old Reds (11th) and Weston-super-Mare (12th) who managed to just survive above the relegation spots.
Tribute South West One West - Congratulations to Cleve on winning the league with 22 wins from 26 games. Avonmouth are sure to be looking to rebuild after disappointing 9th place finish.
Tribute Western Counties North - Bristol Harlequins finish 3rd behind winners Coney Hill and Newent. Old Bristolians last day of the season victory over Chosen Hill leapfrogged them into 7th place above Keynsham (8th). At the foot of the table a dubious decision in the North Bristol v Barton Hill game a couple of weeks ago, when a draw was on the cards, made no difference in the end with NB finishing 2nd bottom, six points adrift of security. Bristol Saracens are also demoted alongside bottom placed Stothert and Pitt, based on the Bath Road just outside Saltford, who need to rebuild after a disastrous year following promotion last season. Rebuilding there has already started with their new coaching team in place.
Tribute Somerset Premier - Gordano were pushed all the way by Winscombe but managed to win the league by 2 points with 23 wins from 26 games. Imperial and Clevedon 2nds finish in the relegation positions with St Bernadette's just hanging on in 12th place. Winscombe (home) play Whitehall from Gloucester Premier on Saturday 25th April for the remaining promotion place in Western Counties North.
Tribute Somerset One - Hornets 2nds and Chew Valley 2nds take the promotion places in that order with Bristol Barbarians grabbing 3rd place. Any of four could have been demoted on the last day of the season and in the end Cheddar Valley finish bottom and Midsomer Norton 2nds just above them.
Tribute Somerset Two North - Bristol Harlequins 2nds and Old Bristolians 2nds finish champions and runners up respectively with Old Culverhaysians (Bath) and Keynsham 3rds relegated.
Tribute Somerset Three North - Midsomer Norton 3rds finish top with Bristol Barbarians 2nds a point behind. Still some confusion in this league as lots of drop outs and expulsions from league, so Barbarians could yet finish champions. Whatever the outcome it looks like Bristol Barbarians 2nds should be promoted as Midsomer Norton can't have two teams in Somerset Two North!
Gloucester Premier - Stroud finish top with Whitehall in 2nd place. St Mary's Old Boys finished in 4th place and Frampton Cotterell in 8th. Whitehall travel to play Winscombe from Somerset Premier on Saturday 25th April for the remaining promotion place in Western Counties North.
Gloucester One - Longlevens finish top with Chipping Sodbury in second place. Old Colstonians finish bottom with Kingswood in the other relegation place.
Gloucester Two - St Brendan's Old Boys are champions with Bishopston in 2nd place. Relegated teams are Broad Plain in 10th place and bottom of the table Old Elizabethans - who would have been safe in 9th had it not been for points deductions!
Born and raised in the suburbs of Swansea, Jimmy moved to Bristol back in 2004 to attend university. Passionate about live music, sport, science and nature, he can usually be found walking his cocker spaniel Baxter at any number of green spots around the city. Call James on 078 9999 3534 or email Editor@365Bristol.com.