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Saturday, 7 December, 2002, 16:31 GMT
Swansea too strong for Bristol
Bristol's David Rees is hauled down by Gavin Henson with help from Scott Gibbs
Bristol's David Rees is hauled down by Gavin Henson
Heineken Cup - Pool 4
Swansea 26-19 Bristol



Tries from Colin Charvis and Matthew Robinson spurred battling Swansea to their first Heineken Cup victory of the season.

In-form Bristol were in the driving seat at 16-9 with 15 minutes left to play, but they were overhauled by a strong home finish.

Charvis powered over from 40 metres to finish off a move triggered by Richard Rees and impressive youngster James Bater.

Match details
Swansea (9) 26
Tries: Robinson, Charvis
Cons: A Thomas (2)
Pens: Henson (2), A Thomas
Drop Goals: Henson
Bristol (9) 19
Tries: Contepomi
Cons: Contepomi
Pens: Contepomi (4)
Att:3,500
Rees then set up the second try as he brushed aside Agustin Pichot for Arwel Thomas and Mark Taylor to put Robinson over.

But Bristol had only themselves to blame after having two players sin-binned during the keenly fought encounter.

Darren Crompton and Ross Beattie fell foul of Italian official Guilio De Santis.

Fly-half Felipe Contepomi scored all of Bristol's 19 points with a converted try and four penalties.

Honours were even at the half-way point after an unspectacular opening 40 minutes.

Colin Charvis made some trademark surging breaks
Colin Charvis scored Swansea's first try
Swansea took an early lead through a drop goal and a penalty from fly-half Gavin Henson, but Contepomi was not long in replying.

He knocked over two penalties before Bristol had prop Crompton yellow carded for illegally bringing down Rees at a tap penalty.

Henson slotted another penalty but Bristol replied before the break through man of the match Contepomi.

The Argentine claimed his side's only try when he dived over from close range after a rolling maul.

But Swansea saved their best until last as scores from Charvis and Rees secured the points.


Swansea: S Payne; R Rees, M Taylor, S Gibbs, M Robinson; G Henson, S Cordingley; D Morris (capt), C Balshen, B Evans, A Farley, J Slade, D Thomas, C Charvis, J Bater.
Reps: R Jones, A Thomas, D Dorsey, J Thomas, R Francis, S Winn, D Colclough.

Bristol: S Drahm; B Daniel, A Higgins, D Gibson, D Rees; F Contepomi, A Pichot; E Bergamaschi, P Johnstone, D Crompton, S Morgan, A Brown, M Salter, C Short, R Oakley.
Reps: P Christophers, R Beattie, S Nelson, L Best, B Sturnham, M Carrington, A Sheridan.

Ref: Giulio De Santis (Italy).

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