Stunning! It was one for the underdog as the Bristol Shoguns of the second half of the Zurich table beat the Sharks, second on the Zurich Premiership table, 18-6 at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Sunday. There were no tries as flyhalf Felipe Contepomi kicked his side to their first victory over the Sharks since 2000.
It was a battle of the boot in the Bristol wet, and Contepomi won. He scored first, after seven minutes, and kept on scoring to take is side to an 18-6 victory after they had led 6-3 at half-time.
The game promised to be an interesting battle between the two sets of halves – Argentinians Agustín Pichot and Felipe Contepomi against Bryan Redpath and Charlie Hodgson. It was Hodgson who did all the scoring for the visitors.
Bristol deserved their victory. They came close to scoring tries on four occasions through Brendon Daniel, Daryl Gibson, Contepomi and Alex Higgins. Daniel saved for the home side when he intercepted a pass on the Bristol line after a great break by Redpath.
For Bristol it was a huge turn-around after their surprise defeat at the hands of Rotherham in the Powergen Cup, admittedly a much-weakened Bristol side, happy to have Pichot in control at the back of the scrum.
The defeat may well put paid to the Sharks' hopes of hauling in Gloucester but the victory keeps Bristol's hopes alive of making the Heineken Cup next season.
For Bristol Shoguns:Pens: Contepomi 6
For Sharks:Pens: Hodgson 2