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Bath United win West Country derby

Dwayne Peel believes the scoreline in Bath United’s 30-17 victory over his Bristol United side was not a true reflection of how close the Aviva A League contest was.

Early scores from Darren Atkins and Kane Palma-Newport saw the hosts race ahead at the Recreation Ground on Monday night.

George Watkins crossed to reduce the deficit before two Adam Hastings penalties made it 20-5 at the break.

Auguy Slowik dotted down in the second half and Ryan Edwards also recorded a try for Bristol but another Hastings penalty and Max Clark’s score put the contest to bed.

“In the first half we gifted them 20 points,” reflected Peel, who acts as Bristol United’s backs coach alongside his scrum-half duties with the first team.

“Beyond that I don’t think the scoreline truly reflected the game because we were highly competitive when we had the ball, especially in Bath’s territory, and we scored some nice tries.

“But ultimately you cannot come to top-class opposition and turn over 20 points in quick succession.

“When we had ball off the top of the line-outs we looked quite sharp and dangerous and we looked a lot better in the second half, but it comes down to gifting points and our discipline.

“There is plenty to work on ahead of next week. We need to be sharper in our exits and sharper in our line-outs and try to get the ball because we have shown that when we are in possession then we look dangerous and we can cut sides.

“It is important that we replicate that as much as we can.”

It is Harlequins who top the Aviva A League Southern Conference heading into 2016 after they remained unbeaten this season with a 34-7 bonus-point victory over London Irish at the Stoop.

Charlie Walker grabbed a brace and there were also scores for Beau Robinson, Robbie Nairn, Archie White and Tito Tebaldi.

London Irish had to wait until the 78th minute for their deserved score, as No.8 David Sisi powered over from close range.

Saracens Storm are also unbeaten in second place, having played a match less than Quins, after edging out Wasps in a 42-36 thriller at Maidenhead RFC.

Centre Nick Tompkins crossed twice for Sarries and there were scores from wing Nathan Earle and prop Titi Lamositele, and two penalty tries.

Brendan Macken, Josh Bassett, James Cannon, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, Connor Eastgate and Jamie Stevenson went over for Wasps and they would have snatched a draw had Eastgate converted all six of his conversions, like Saracens’ Nils Mordt.

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