Champions challenged

Bristol All Golds 10 Hammersmith Hills Hoists 26

Baskerville at Oaklands

Weather: warm, sunny, breezy

Summary

Experienced observers were all in agreement: this was the finest performance by the All Golds since they recorded victories in former times against some of the sport’s most famous names such as Workington, Keighley, Hunslet and York. The visitors from London are amongst the game’s finest ambassadors both off the field of play with their conduct and demeanour and in the heat of battle where their skill,athleticism and toughness combine to provide stunning entertainment for the supporters.
The All Golds fought mightily and contributed to a top class Southern Conference League encounter. They fielded their strongest pack of forwards for many a year all of which was buttressed by the splendid debuts of Will Armour, Josh Fitzgerald and Conor McGrath.
However it was the polish and excellence of execution that ultimately sealed the victory for the current champions. The Rugby Football League would be well advised to promote and resource this competition in a major fashion as surely it is the jewel in the crown of its national expansion aspirations.

Full Report

The game was scarcely five minutes old when Luke Morrissey and Jack Ryan dovetailed to send Charlie Beatty over in the corner. Morrissey added a fine conversion. The ensuing quarter of the match was end to end with the All Golds showing great promise on a number of occasions whilst threatening the Hammersmith line. However the lack of precision in execution was to foil them coupled with stout defence from the visitors. It wasn’t until the twenty first minute that the Hoists breached the home defence for a second time. It was their trademark speedy handling that prevailed again and on this occasion it was Tom West who was the beneficiary. Morrissey was unable to add the extras. Despite the ten point deficit the All Golds were providing Hammersmith with a growing number of challenges. The Bristol pack was in fine form and thunderous charges by Baxter, Tait, McGrath and Rume -Tabiowo had the crowd gasping in admiration. The latter though was to receive a yellow card for a dangerous lifting offence. Nonetheless the All Golds were not to be denied despite being reduced to twelve players. They conjured up a delightful handling movement featuring Josh Fitzgerald and Callum Merrett and powerfully ‘iced’ by Brandon Lamb. The conversion fell short but Bristol were back in the contest. A breathless first stanza ended with the away team in front by six points.
The resumption of play was highlighted by Bristol gaining good field position and when Odin Keenan was sent from the field for ten minutes for kicking the All Golds sensed their opportunity and the chance of a big upset. Unfortunately it was their lack of attention to detail and the core skills that was to be their undoing. Despite having a favourable breeze behind them the All Golds end of set kicking game was poor so much so that Hammersmith were able to work their way to safety on the back of a number of seven tackle sets. The influential moment came eleven minutes into the half when the outstanding Jackson Moule scored a superb individual touchdown. He firstly moved to the right and then diagonally to the left on a mesmeric route that left defenders floundering in his wake. Morrissey goaled. The next fifteen minutes bore witness to the resilience of the All Golds as they continued to play some super rugby league. Even so and with the game entering its final quarter the skilful Beattie completed his brace. Morrissey converted and at 4 – 22 the team from the Capital appeared safe. It was though the resurgent endeavours of the All Golds that caught the eye. They laid siege to the Hammersmith line with tremendous efforts by Rume-Tabiowo, Tait and Merrett which led to the ever improving Adam Turner diving in from dummy half. Hamilton converted. At 10 – 22 and with ten minutes remaining the outcome was in the balance. The magic of Moule and his deft touch was to finally determine the outcome as his long pass enabled Tevita Ruhen to touch down out wide. In the dying embers Brandon Ball received a yellow card for lifting above the horizontal and shortly thereafter the final whistle brought the curtain down on a most compelling and entertaining encounter.
The All Golds will gain great confidence after such a noteworthy effort against the champions. Meanwhile the Hammersmith players most certainly earned the right to party in the city of Bristol where they were based for the occasion.

Matchstats

Teams:

Bristol All Golds:

Brandon Lamb, Will Armour, Louis Birch, Mason Ball, Leon Atherton, Josh Fitzgerald, Callum Merrett, Brandon Ball, Solomon Platt, Tom Baxter, Ed Tait, Morgan Lewis, Jack Uren
Bench: Tega Rume-Tabiowo, Conor McGrath, Adam Turner, Gregor Hamilton

Scorers:

Tries – Lamb (1), Turner (1)
Goals – Hamilton (1)

Yellow card: Rume-Tabiowo (36) Ball (79)

Hammersmith Hills Hoists:

Jackson Moule, Tom West, Charlie Beatty, Tully Mackay, Tevita Ruhen,Jack Ryan, Luke Morrissey, Harry Wecker, Odin Keenan, Jack Wilson, Rhys Dixon, Declan Orr, Conor McDonald
Bench: Alex Boag, Sam Beere, Jordan Quensell, Josh Curti

Scorers:

Tries – Moule (1), West (1), Beatty (2), Ruhen (1)
Goals – Morrissey (3)

Yellow card: Keenan (62)

Scoring Sequence:

0-6,0-10,4-10,(HT),4-16,4-22,10-22,10-26 (FT)

Penalties: Bristol All Golds 11 Hammersmith Hills Hoists 11

Referee: Malcolm Holmes (RFL)

Player of the Match:

Bristol All Golds: Tom Baxter
Hammersmith Hills Hoists:Jackson Moule