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Bristol coach Paul Hull praises young back Jack Tovey

Jack Tovey
James Tovey scored his maiden first team try for Bristol in their 36-25 win

Bristol coach Paul Hull says that Jack Tovey's 50-metre try in Sunday's 36-25 win against Moseley was just reward for the teenager's impressive performance.

The 19-year-old winger sprinted from his own half through a sea of Moseley players to touch down and secure a much-needed victory for Bristol.

"He finished really well and it was an outstanding individual try from him.

"That aside, he had a really good game so I'm pleased for for him," Hull told BBC Radio Bristol.

"Last week he ran really strongly and this week he was rewarded with a try."

Bristol put in a convincing first half performance in sub-zero temperatures to lead 26-11 at the break.

At the beginning of the season I didn't think I'd be playing half as much as I am

Jack Tovey on his try

Tries from full-back Sean Marsden and centre Junior Fatialofa, along with four penalties from Adrian Jarvis, reflected Bristol's dominance.

But, as has so often happened in previous matches this season, Hull's men let the opposition back in the game.

Former Bristol flanker Chevvy Pennycook and fly-half Brad Davies touched down for Moseley to make it a four-pointer with just ten minutes left.

But, thanks to that individual piece of late brilliance from man of the match Tovey, his maiden first team try, Bristol secured their third win in four games.

"I took it slowly to the first man, then took it from there and it just opened up," said Tovey.

"So it was just a question of running straight but it was very enjoyable and a nice way to score your first try.

"They were all coming across, so it almost made it easier and it was nice to give us that breathing space between us and Moseley."

The Bristol academy graduate has been a regular part of the first team squad this season, something he was not anticipating before the campaign started.

"At the beginning of the season I didn't think I'd be playing half as much as I am," he said. "There's no split between the first team and the academy and everyone's been really welcoming.

"Once you've played a few games the guys are saying 'well played' and you're doing this well and that well. It builds your confidence and it's going well and I'm enjoying it."



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