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Sonics Win Pre-Season Friendly

Bristol Sonics kicked off their 2010 campaign with an impressive 72-12 pre-season win away to Swindon St George. Fielding an experimental line up, the Sonics took on their local rivals for the first time since 2008. The match was played in quarters owing to the warm conditions.
The Sonics opened the scoring after four minutes when debutant Ross Bergin cut inside from the left flank. Despite a period of sustained pressure the Sonics were kept out by a gallant Swindon side until the 16th minute when scrum half James Gross produced some fine footwork close to the posts to open his account; captain Dom Swann adding the extras. On the stroke of the end of the first quarter, a break from the impressive Bergin saw the supporting Paul Harsent send in John-Jo Burden under the sticks. Swann again converted.
The second quarter saw the Sonics in command with a series of well worked tries. On 26 minutes, a well worked passing move put Tom Curtis over in the corner. The half hour mark saw a superb solo effort from Gross who evaded the defence and sprinted in from half way, leaving Swann the easiest of conversions. Two minutes later stand-off Ali Parry scooted over from dummy half out wide. The first half scoring was completed on the stroke of half-time by prop Stafford Lloyd who broke the tiring defensive line 20 metres out to go over under the sticks. Swann added the extras to give the Sonics a 36-0 half-time lead.
The third quarter began as the second had finished with another try for John-Jo Burden who was left with an easy score following a break by prop Tristian Moore. Swann converted again as he would also with his own classic jinking try five minutes later.
If anyone expected the Swindon spirit to be broken at this point, they were in for a surprise. For the rest of the quarter, the Wiltshire-men were on the top playing some good controlled and disciplined rugby. Their two tries were well deserved and took the score to 48-12.
Unfortunately for Swindon, the quarter break came at the wrong time. On 63 minutes, some quick hands along the line put Johan Schoeman in. Four minutes later, Tom Curtis squeezed in at the corner. With the heat and lack of match fitness taking it’s toll, Schoeman was able to burst the defensive line and sprint in from well inside his own half. Swann added the extras.
On 76 minutes, James Gross stole into complete his hat-trick. Although the conversion was missed in bizarre circumstances as the kick was taken prior to both touch judges being in position! There was still time for Gross to add his fourth try of the afternoon and Swann to make no mistakes this time with the extras.
Coach Karl Fearnley was delighted with his sides efforts, ‘

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Bristol Sonics 2010 Season Launch THIS SATURDAY

Bristol Sonics will launch their 2010 summer season this Saturday with an open event for fans, sponsors, potential players and would-be volunteers at The Mall Cribbs Causeway branch of Caffe Gusto (6pm start).

This special event, which is free to attend, will see the Sonics outlining their exciting plans for 2010, which include the launch of a second open age (adult) team, two youth/junior sides and extensive schools development work in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Fans will be get their first chance to see the Sonics brand new Puma kit, sponsored by IP Performance and Caffe Gusto, which will be exclusively unveiled on Saturday night. There will also be presentations to sponsors and a chance for fans to order Puma’s new range of exclusive Bristol Sonics leisurewear.

Bristol Sonics club captain Dom Swann said: ‘