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Bryan's early score opens the floodgates for Warriors

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: July 01, 2013

  • winning ways: Joe Toft leads the Warriors defence with Alex Hoyle ready to lend support

  • captain: Dale Cook lead his team from the front

  • stuck in: Al Bryan

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GLOS WARRIORS 74 BRISTOL SONICS A 18

THE Warriors returned to winning ways after the defeat by Old Patesians with a 13-try victory over Bristol Sonics at a sun-drenched Saintbridge.

From the moment Al Bryan picked up the ball from poor play and weaved through the defence to the line in the third minute, the Warriors were in complete control.

The Sonics were well organised and determined but they were unable to find a way through the Warriors' defence, their three tries all coming from Warriors mistakes, two from misjudged kicks and one from a misplaced pass.

The Warriors' early six-point advantage looked slender as the sides traded blows, but on 16 minutes Matt Williams used his strength to force his way over from close range.

When Chris Hall struggled over in a similar manner five minutes later, the die was cast and the Warriors controlled the rest of the match.

After 25 minutes, Dave Tomlinson gave Josh Kelly an opportunity and he took it, racing round the defence and away to the posts.

The Sonics were next to score when Jack Farler snapped up a woeful pass and cantered unopposed to the line, Jed Bullen adding the extras.

However, the Warriors replied in kind moments later, Alex Hoyle racing 70 metres to the posts after picking up a stray Sonics pass.

Just before the break, the Warriors scored the try of the game.

Kelly made the initial inroads before Jerome Moore took play deep into the Sonics half.

Steve Lee took the ball to the right and Hoyle sent Kieran Cox stepping inside to the posts for a score he converted himself, one of 11 goals he kicked in the match.

Two minutes into the second period, the Warriors failed to deal with a high bomb and Darren van Hoof touched down, Archie Gibbs adding the goal.

By the time Tristan Moore added the Sonics' third try, again from a kick that was fumbled by the home defence, the Warriors had passed the half century with three more touchdowns.

Ben Brinkworth shrugged off some feeble defence to rumble over before Bryan scored from a set move off the back of a scrum.

After two tries were chalked off for forward passes, Tomlinson scored straight from a 20-metre restart.

In the final 15 minutes, the Warriors steadily added to their score.

Kelly stepped through the defence from another scrum move before Dale Cook broke on halfway and held off the defence to reach the whitewash.

Ash Lewis caught the restart, went straight through a huge gap in the chase and raced to the posts to give Cox an easy goal.

With the final move of the match, Warriors' player/coach Lee went over for a rare try to complete the scoring in the Warriors' second consecutive 70-point haul at home.

WARRIORS: Josh Kelly; Kieran Cox, Al Bryan, Joe Toft, Ben Whincup; Alex Hoyle, Dave Tomlinson; Simon Price, Matt Williams, Eon Williams; Sam Page, Dale Cook (Capt.); Matt Elston. Replacements: Jerome Moore, Steve Lee, Kirk Lewis, Mike Davies, Ben Brinkworth, Chris Hall, Ash Lewis.

Scorers: Tries; Al Bryan (2, 50), Matt Williams (16), Chris Hall (21), Josh Kelly (25, 66), Alex Hoyle (33), Kieran Cox (36), Ben Brinkworth (47), Dave Tomlinson (57), Dale Cook (72), Ash Lewis (74), Steve Lee (79), Goals; Kieran Cox 11 from 13.

SONICS A: Archie Gibbs, Will Crisp, Dave Leach, Lee Bartlett, Louis Thompson, Darren van Hoof, Peter Hayes, Jack Farler, Craig Burgess, Sam Phillips, Tristan Moore, Myles Raymond, Paul Vinnicombe. Replacements: Jed Bullen, David Lansdon, Phil Cole, Jack Spooner.

Scorers: Tries; Jack Farler (29), Darren van Hoof (42), Tristan Moore (64), Goals; Ged Bullen 1 from 1, Archie Gibbs 2 from 2.

Referee: Stewart Orton (RFL appointment)

Man of the Match, Warriors: Dale Cook played a captain's role, leading from the front in attack and defence.

Sonics: Jed Bullen worked hard in a losing cause to make sure the Warriors were often under pressure when touching down.

Other results: Somerset Vikings 36 Cheltenham Old Patesians 28; Swindon St George 0 Oxford Cavaliers 110.

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