The UWE Bullets extended their winning streak over cross-town rivals Bristol Barracuda with a dominant performance under the lights at UoB’s Coombe Dingle sports complex.
Following a run of closely fought games over the past couple of years, the Bullets showed themselves to be in a different league to the ‘Cudas in front of a crowd of more than three hundred on Friday night.
UWE were ahead halfway through the first quarter with a touchdown from wide receiver Will Hatfield who connected brilliantly with a forty yard pass. The Bullets made the two-point conversion making it 8-0.
Towards the end of the second quarter, UWE managed to score again with a touchdown from Ryan Batt. This time, the conversion was no good. As half time arrived, the Bullets were 14-0 to the good.
The University of Bristol team came out for the second half looking incredibly fired up, perhaps sensing that if they failed to score soon, the game was gone for them.
The third quarter became a balanced affair with the Bullets’ defence putting in a committed performance to cool off any hopes of a Barracuda touchdown.
Hatfield put the game to bed shortly before the end of the quarter with an amazing 60 yard touchdown. After the two pointer being no good, the Bullets found themselves in a commanding position of 20-0.
The Barracudas made something of a game of it after catching the UWE defence off guard. UOB’s Jim Powell managed to squeeze himself over the line and to earn his team a small portion of pride making the score 20-6 to UWE.
The game became close again for a while, and following what the referees deemed to be too excessive a celebration from one of the Bullets, the offender was ejected off the field.
In the dying seconds of the game, UWE finished off the Barracudas in style with Dan Broad making a career first touchdown for the Bullets. With the two point being no good, the score finished 26-6.
By Ryan Cronin