“...we were able to match their physicality and made great decisions.”
Ed Robinson, Attack Coach for Clifton Rugby
Old Redcliffians 7 v Clifton 30
Wadworth’s 6X 2017 BRISTOL COMBINATION CUP FINAL
from ROGER OPIE
Referee: Richard Waller
Men of the match: Andy Chesters & Alex Giltrow [both Clifton]
The only rugby match played this season at Bristol’s historic Memorial Stadium saw Clifton comfortably retain the Bristol Combination Cup against Old Redcliffians who will now be joining the lavender and blacks in National Two South.
For Old Reds this was an opportunity to match themselves against the standard expected in the higher league. However the sheer power of their forwards and speedy handling of their back line underlined Clifton’s superiority.
Clifton had the better of both territory and possession in the early exchanges but were thwarted by resolute defence by the Redcliffians well marshalled by captain Sean Fox until a fine break by Malcolm Peacock saw him go under the posts. Brad Barnes converted and added a penalty before the interval.
Clifton began the second half with intensity and winger Sam Harrison ran with determination to score out wide. The front row of Bullimore, Wheeler and Giltrow dominated and established a great platform for quick ball for half backs Spencer and Barnes to release the speedy backs. Skipper Dan Wells worked a clever switch move to cross with Barnes converting.
Clifton missed chances until the ever lively Ian Clark popped up to score with Barnes adding another penalty.
Old Reds attacked from deep for a good try from full back Henry Bird converted by Ashley Groves but Clifton fully deserved the trophy.
We spoke with Ed Robinson, Clifton Rugby's Attacking Coach, after the players lifted the trophy once again.
'It was great to see how the players responded to the threats that Old Reds brought in attack and defence. They were physical and tested our defence in the wide channels, but we were able to match their physicality and made great decisions 'in play' to cover their width.'
'In attack we were able to put numbers around the ball in space, and as the game went on we were able to make little adjustments to ensure we could offload and pass, and keep the ball in the air - wherever we were on the pitch. The boys have been working hard on this aspect and it really showed with the way we attacked.' concludes Robinson.
Tries Peacock  Harrison  Clark  Wells 
Penalties Barnes [31& 67]
Conversions Barnes [26,&61]
Updated 12:10 - 11 May 2017 by Wyn Tingley
Try Bird 
Conversions Groves