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Bristol Bears vs Northampton Saints

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

Bristol 20-24 Saints

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Bristol 40-45 Saints

Attendance

14,684

Referee

Luke Pearce

Bristol Rugby
Bristol Bears
40

Summary

Full Time

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
45
Bristol Rugby
T
C
P
T
C
P
T
C
P
T
T
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Northampton Saints
P
T
C
T
C
T
C
T
C
T
C
T
C

Pisi...

... can't add the extras and that's the match.

Try Bristol.

That space stays open and Leuia is the man over in the corner with the last play. 

80

Saints are defending for their lives but there's space out wide and that's where the ball is heading...

80

Time is up here but Bristol are pushing still.

78

Mallinder defends well off the scrum but Bristol come wide. They're back in Saints' half and they come back the other way. Saints defend hard but Holmes breaks through. He makes it to Saints' 22 before he's taken down. Bristol are pushing again now. 

77

Eadie is up for the lineout and Saints maul forwards. Mitchell pulls the ball out but Saints knock on and Bristol have the scrum. 

76

Bristol look to play from deep but Saints hold firm. Stirzaker boxes and Saints will have the lineout inside Bristol's half.

Mitchell replaces Reinach as we set the scrum. 

75

Saints work hard again, fighting for every yard before Naiyaravoro is fed on the wing. He sees off two Bristolmen before offloading. Haywood gets close but loses the ball forwards. Scrum Bristol on their own five metre.

74

Bristol take the lineout well but good pressure from Saints forces a forward pass from the home side and Saints have the scrum.

Eadie take to his old ground as we set, with Ludlam making way. 

72

Lineout Bristol just inside Saints' half then and Joyce breaks off the back of it. Gibson earns the turnover though and he boots it downfield. Lineout Bristol back in their own half. 

70

Saints work hard at the scrum but Bristol get it out quickly. They come wide but Collins is there waiting. The home side still push and Saints are having to work hard in defence. They concede a penalty though and Pisi sends it to touch. 

68

Saints pressure Bristol well at the restart but the home side scramble forwards before coming wide, where they earn a scrum on their own 22.

68

Pisi...

... can't add the extras though.

Try Bristol.

The home side haven't finished with this game yet. They attack hard with the forwards before coming wide and it's Hurrell who finished things in the corner.

65

Short again from Bristol at the lineout and they look to come forwards. Burrell puts in a huge hit but the home side play on. They work their way up to the 22 and have the crowd behind them...

64

Ribbans takes the restart and charges forwards. Mallinder sends the ball skyward and Saints are in chase. Bristol get there and clear to Tuala, the fullback sends it into the stands for a Bristol lineout just inside Saints' half. 

Mallinder...

... sends the conversion through too!

TRYYYYY MIKEY!!

Burrell crashes up off the back of the lineout, with Haywood there to take the ball and pop over the line!

62

Saints pressure well and a beautiful pass from Mallinder finds Naiyaravoro out wide. The wing makes some ground before offloading. The ball finds Uren's hands but Colins is there to push him into touch. Lineout Saints.

And Bristol make a change too, with Lam making way for Haining.

Haywood, Van Wyk, Franks and Ratuniyarawa enter play from the Saints bench with Hartley, Waller, Painter and Lawes taking their leave. 

60

Bristol get the ball away quickly and look to attack up the midfield. They knock the ball on though and Saints play on. Mallinder sets Kellaway free and the centre darts up into the home half. Saints work hard to get back within the Bristol 22 and are still attacking.

59

Saints take the restart well but as the ball comes wide it's deemed to have gone forwards. Scrum Bristol.

Biggar comes off as we set to restart, with Mallinder taking his place.

Biggar...

... sends the conversion through too!

TRYYYYY SUE!!

Saints push forwards again and the co-captain darts forwards to get over under the posts!!

58

Saints maul forwards from the lineout before Reinach brings the ball out. Biggar darts through the middle and Saints are close here...

56

Short from Bristol at the lineout and they're attacking again. Thacker's offload goes loose and Saints pressure well. But Bristol keep coming. Saints work hard though and Reinach gets up to intercept before chipping through. Collins is in chase and pushes his opposite man into touch for a lineout inside the Bristol 22. 

55

Bristol seem to drop the restart but we play on. They clear and Tuala is there but he's deemed to be in touch. Lineout Bristol.

Sheedy...

... sends the kick through to bring the game to one point.

54

Saints defend hard but are penalised and Sheedy points to the posts. 

53

Bristol look at attack of the lineout and Saints have to work hard to hold them on the 22. 

Joyce replaces Latta for the home side as we set the lineout.

52

Saints take the lineout and Reinach clears after a couple fo phases. Lineout Bristol back outside Saints' 22.

51

Bristol whip it wide from the scrum. Morahan sends a chip through to himself and would have got there if his boot hadn't found it before his hand. Lineout Saints in their own 22. 

49

The ball finds a Bristol head at the restart and the home side manage to keep the loose ball. They clear to Biggar and he sets Tuala running. Burrell is there, as is Naiyaravoro but a pass is deemed to have gone forwards and Bristol have the scrum just inside their own half. 

Sheedy...

... sends the touchline conversion through too. 

Try Bristol.

Hurrell finds Leiua on the wing before Sheedy sends a cross field kick over the other way. Piutau is there before Morahan finishes things in the corner. 

46

Strong from Saints at the scrum but Bristol just manage to get the ball away. They come wide before heading back the other way but Saints are holding firm for now. 

46

Naiyaravoro is under the restart and sends a lovely offload to Burrell who dances up the wing. Saints are attacking well again but a bit of flair from Tuala and Burrell ends in a knock on from the away side. Scrum Bristol just inside their own half. 

Biggar...

... makes no mistake with the touchline conversion too!

TRYYYYY TAQ!!!

The ball comes wide and after Waller draws the winger, the skipper releases Naiyaravoro down the wing. And the big man doesn't need asking twice for his first score for Saints!

42

Uren boxes from the breakdown and Biggar is under the ball. He marks it before sending it long into touch. Bristol take the lineout quickly and Morahan is on the ball again. The ball goes loose though and Burrell scoops it up.

41

Lawes disrupts the lineout and Saints have it. Harrison works hard for yards in the midfield before the high ball goes up. Bristol knock the ball on in the air and Saints play on again. The kickers exchange punts before Collins decides its tie to run. He makes it back out of Saints' 22 before Biggar clears long. Morahan is there and Bristol come forwards again.

40

Reianch boxes from the breakdown after Naiyaravoro secures the restart. Lineout Bristol just inside Saints' half.

WE'RE BACK ON!

Sheedy gets things restarted here at Ashton gate where four points separate the sides.

The home side look to barge through the middle but Saints hold. They cause havoc at the breakdown and earn the turnover, with Biggar sending the ball into the stands to end the half. 

40

Just enough time to restart things here and Biggar sends it short. Bristol get there and play on. There's an advantage coming though and we come back for it. Sheedy wants to play on even though the clock is red and sends it to touch. Lineout Bristol.

Sheedy...

... sends the kick through.

38

Scrappy from Bristol as things restart and though they have possession the home team push themselves backwards. Saints are penalised for a high tackle though and Sheedy points to the posts. 

Biggar...

... wastes no time with the conversion, dropping the simple kick over too!

TRYYYYY LUDSSS!!

Tuala darts through before Ludlam is set free to score under the sticks!!

35

Reinach boxes from the base of the lineout and Biggar is there for the high ball. Saints press forwards and earn hard inches up to the 22. 

35

No try for the home side as the TMO deems the tackle to not have been completed before Uren darted forwards. Biggar sends the penalty to touch for a lineout near halfway. 

35

We're with the TMO to see if Uren has scored for the home team. Has the home scrum-half snuck out of the tackle too early?

33

Bristol charge off the back of the scrum and chip through but Saints get there. The ball comes wide for the away team but a pass from Collins finds Bristol hands and the home side press. 

32

Long from Saints at the restart again and this time Bristol play forwards. Naiyaravoro puts in a huge hit to slow they progress before the home side clear. Biggar is there for the high ball but knocks it on. Scrum Bristol.

Sheedy...

... sends the conversion through to level things at Ashton Gate. 

Try Bristol.

Out of nowhere, Afoa breaks off the  maul with the ball and Thacker is there to finish things after Afoa has drawn the final man. 

30

Bristol look to maul again but Saints hold them well for a time.

29

The home side maul forwards before the ball pops out. Saints are penalised though and Sheedy sends the ball to touch. Lineout Bristol on halfway. 

28

Saints look to maul again but are penalised in the ruck and Sheedy clears to touch for a lineout on the home 22. 

Yellow card for Bristol's Lam as he's deemed to have illegally taken the maul down. Saints go for the corner with the penalty. 

27

Ribbans is up for the lineout and Saints maul again. 

26

Saints maul from the lineout and have an advantage coming before a penalty is given. Biggar sends it to the corner. 

25

Long from Saints at the restart and the home side struggle under the high ball but manage to keep possession. They clear to touch for a Saints lineout on the home 22. 

Sheedy...

... sends the kick through to bring the game back within a score.

23

Thacker and Morahan team up to get Bristol into Saints' 22 before the home side earn an advantage and then the penalty at the breakdown. Sheedy points to the posts. 

22

Naiyaravoro is there for the restart and he makes good ground before Burrell takes over. Biggar sends the high ball up but Bristol get there first. Lawes and Ludlam slow their attack but Bristol are still searching for a gap.

Biggar...

... sends the touchline conversion over to extend Saints' lead. 

TRYYYYYY KELLS!!

And it's a first try for the Saints newcomer as he collects the ball on the wing to score!!

20

Naiyaravoro sees off a few defenders down the wing before Harrison barged his way further forwards. The ball is coming wide and Kellaway is there...

19

Saints are attacking strongly here now. A brilliant bit of play from Burrell puts Collins in space before he offloads to Kellaway to get the side into the 22. Bristol work hard though and earn the turnover. Uren clears and Saints have the lineout back at halfway. 

18

Bristol look to work quickly off the lineout but Saints' defence is strong and holds them on the halfway line. The home side knock on and Saints play on.

17

The ball comes out wide to Collins but he's isolated and is pushed into touch. Lineout Bristol near halfway. 

16

Saints take the restart well and Hartley barrells his way up to the halfway line. Kellaway has a go before Collins chips through. Bristol are there but return it and Tuala comes forwards. 

Biggar...

... adds the extras too!

TRYYYYY EHREN!!

The maul goes strongly and there's no stopping it from that distance. And when the line comes in sight, it's Painter who splinters off to get over the line!

15

Saints maul forwards and have an advantage coming as Bristol collapse the maul...

15

Biggar actually lines up for the corner and Saints have the lineout there.

Francis leaves the field for a HIA after he takes a large knock in the build up to the penalty. Kellaway takes his place. 

12

Saints come wide themselves before earning a penalty as Bristol are penalised for not releasing. Biggar lines up for the posts.

11

Lawes at the lineout again and Saints set up a maul before Reinach boxes clear. Naiyaravoro gets up in defence but Bristol come wide the other way. Saints work hard and earn the turnover though.

10

The home side look to use the abll quickly but a monster hit from Ludlam slows things. Uren breaks and tries to chip to himself but his punt goes straight out and we come back for a Saints lineout near halfway. 

10

Sheedy clears off the back of the scrum but Tuala is there and he clears strongly. Lineout Bristol back at halfway. 

10

No try for Saints as Reinach's offload to Biggar is deemed forwards. We come back for a scrum just outside Bristol's 22. 

9

Lawes is there for the lineout and it comes off the top quickly. Collins breaks through the middle before Reinach sets Biggar free. The fly-half sprints in before sending Burrell over the line. It looks like Saints have scored but we're with the TMO...

8

Collins pressures the restart well and forces the ball to go loose. Bristol manage to keep possession but box to touch quickly. Lineout Saints.

Sheedy...

... sends the conversion through.

Try Bristol.

Saints looked to be defending well but as the home side came wide, a gap opened for Hurrell to slice through.

6

Saints lok to come forwards with the restart but they're very flat and Thacker gets up to the line to intercept. Bristol are now attacking inside Saints' 22.

Biggar...

... makes no mistake with the simple kick from in front of the posts. 

4

Collins looks to go quickly through the middle but Bristol come up quickly. They hit the breakdown hard but too hard an concede a penalty. Biggar lines up. 

2

A solid scrum from Saints and Bristol are forced to use it quickly. Lam wheels off the base but it taken down quickly. Uren boxes to touch for a Saints lineout on Bristol's 22. 

2

Ribbans is up for the lineout and Saints look to maul forwards. They get so far but the maul breaks up and Bristol get the turnover and then the scrum. 

1

But Saints' defence is good and Gibson gets over the ball to earn the away side a penalty. Biggar sends it to touch for a lineout inside Bristol's 22. 

1

Bristol get up for the kick-off and look to come wide quickly. Burrell races down the right before things come back the other way. 

HERE WE GO!

Biggar gets things underway here at Ashton Gate!

Opposition LineupBristol Rugby

15
Piers O'Conor
14
Luke Morahan
13
Will Hurrell
12
Siale Piutau
11
Alapati Leiua
10
Callum Sheedy
9
Andy Uren
1
Yann Thomas
2
Harry Thacker
3
John Afoa
4
Ed Holmes
5
Joe Latta
6
Steven Luatua
7
George Smith
8
Jack Lam

SubsBristol Rugby

16
Nick Fenton-Wells
17
Jake Woolmore
18
Jake Armstrong
19
Joe Joyce
20
Nick Haining
21
Nick Stirzaker
22
Tusi Pisi
23
Zane Kirchner
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Northampton Saints
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10
Bristol Rugby
Bristol BearsBRI6204120199-7912261110
Form Guide

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