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Bristol Bears vs Northampton Saints

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

Bristol 21-3 Saints

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Bristol 47-10 Saints

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Tom Foley

Bristol Rugby
Bristol Bears
47

Summary

Full Time

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
10
Bristol Rugby
T
C
T
C
C
T
C
T
C
T
C
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Northampton Saints
P
T
C

Full-time

A tough evening for Saints' youngsters is ended with a forward pass by Bristol. Northampton had one eye on the weekend's East Midlands derby on Sunday, and will have to pick themselves up for the trip to Welford Road.

78

Olowofela is struggling with an injury here but bravely continues for Saints. Bristol build the phases but while Northampton defend well, they knock on in the tackle.

76

Try-saving tackle in the corner from Henry Taylor – superb effort against the odds from the scrum-half after firewords from Randradra set Morahan free.

75

Penalty for Saints on halfway after a good burst from Taylor and Grayson hits a good kick inside the 22.

Try Bristol

Bears are full of confidence here and with the advantage, Sheedy sends the crossfield kick and Morahan has a simple finish.

Conversion Bristol

No mistake from Sheedy.

Try Bristol

Straight from the kick-off, Bristol go 90 metres with one phase and score under the posts. Impressive move although the last pass might have been forward.

Conversion Bristol

Sheedy adds the extra two points.

TRY BRISTOL

Earl bursts through the middle of a ruck with the ball and runs in under the posts. Bristol just stepped up a gear over the last few minutes.

Conversion Bristol

Good strike from Sheedy on the touchline.

TRY BRISTOL

There's space out wide with Saints still a man down, and Vui is granted a simple finish in the corner despite a good effort in defence from Gillespie.

Bird-Tulloch is on now for Francis.

Bristol pushing for the bonus point here but it's Henry Taylor who forces a knock-on from Capon with the line at his mercy! Lewis Bean replaces Isiekwe.

CONVERSION GRAYSON

Great nudge from out wide for Grayson!

TRY GILLESPIE!!

He's only been on a couple of minutes and he's a Premiership try-scorer! Brilliant break from Adendorff to start it all and, with the advantage, Grayson's grubber through is perfect for the youngster to latch onto.

Tough task from here for Saints, down to 14 for the remainder of the game due to injuries. Garside enters the action with Painter replaced.

Injury problems here for Saints as replacement loosehead Auterac has to come off and is replaced by Marshall. We go to uncontested scrums, but Northampton have to go down to 14 men with Ludlam making way because it is not a head injury.

Josh Gillespie replaces Naiyaravoro to make his Premiership debut.

52

Bristol No.8 Hughes is through the middle of the rolling maul, and the hosts earn themselves a scrum. Saints so frustrated not to come away with points, and now concede a penalty at the scrum to allow Bears to clear their lines.

50

After 12 phases Ben Earl forces a turnover, but Bristol cross over as they try to play from the back and it's another Saints penalty on the 5m line...

49

Saints still knocking on the door but there's no way through. Seriously physical stuff here.

45

Saints are fighting for every centimetre here, and earn another advantage as Bristol go offside. Northampton work a nice move but Naiyaravoro knocks on, so we go back for another lineout.

43

Saints have the advantage and look to play across but James' pass is intercepted so back we come, and Grayson sends it to the corner again.

42

Great turnover won by Ludlam and Saints have a scrum on Bristol's 5m line!

41

Kick-off

The second half is underway here as Grayson kicks forward, and as Bristol make a mess of it, Naiyaravoro looks to go around the outside and is pushed into touch.

Bristol win the scrum against the head but Saints defend well from the penalty and win back another of their own. Grayson clears to halfway and Saints opt to have a go at the end of the half. Grayson gets the ball off the linout and chips over for OIowofela to chase, but the ball just goes into touch to end the half.

39

Hard work in defence from Saints forces a knock-on from Earl, but they have a scrum on their own 5m line and will need a good exit here.

35

Haywood is in at the side and is pinged by referee Tom Foley; Bristol's fly-half Sheedy sends it into touch again.

34

Uren finds touch for Bristol just outside the 22, but Saints' lineout is messy and under some pressure, Francis overcooks a kick into touch.

31

A number of phases for Saints as they build the pressure, but it's knocked on as Moon attempts an offload and Bristol are given the scrum.

30

Saints have a free ball and Francis tries a crossfield kick to Gibson! Bristol concede another penalty and Saints opt for the corner.

29

Francis takes a brilliant high ball and Ludlam then makes a break. Signs of life for Saints and they're up to the 22...

28

Saints are penalised at the scrum but Sheedy's kick hits the post! Grayson clears from the 22 and Saints win back the ball just inside their half.

Hobbs-Awoyemi takes a knock so on comes Nick Auterac for Saints.

24

Break for Bristol as a loose ball hits Tom Foley and they get the scrum inside Northampton's half.

22

A crazy passage of play as Gibson darts down the outside from deep, but can't find Olowofela inside him. Bristol hit back and come close to scoring again but Thacker is snarled up and Saints win a penalty to clear.

21

Gibson goes off his feet on halfway and Bears kick into Saints territory again.

Conversion Bristol

Sheedy's kick is from right in front and he makes no mistake as we go into the water break.

16

TRY BRISTOL

Francis looks to have put an inch-perfect kick over the top but it's adjudged to have just gone out on the full. Saints force another turnover and kick again, but on the next phase Earl goes through a gap and feeds Uren for Bristol's third.

Conversion Bristol

Two more from the boot of Sheedy.

TRY BRISTOL

Leiua is over in the left corner for the hosts, following a long pass from Piutau – awarded via the TMO who was checking a knock-on.

13

Bristol can't get this maul going, but Saints concede another penalty in the melee. 

10

Sheedy makes a good break from deep and as Naiyaravoro makes a big hit on Hughes, Saints are pinged on the floor and find themselves back on their own 5m line again.

CONVERSION BRISTOL

Sheedy adds the extras for the hosts who take the lead for the first time in the match.

TRY BRISTOL

Thacker goes over at the back of a well-executed lineout drive for the hosts.

6

Olowofela is so close to intercepting but just misses it! Bristol take full advantage with one man out of the line and a few offloads take them 5m short. Bears awarded a penalty off the back of the break, but good work from Saints to stop the attack as they had the advantage.

5

Saints find some space down the left and Naiyaravoro is away! The big winger is stopped by Piutau, but a good box kick from Tom James just stays in before going into touch and the visitors have good territory.

Penalty Grayson

The young fly-half points to the sticks and sends his kick from 30m out straight through!

3

No try

No try for the hosts as Piutau touches down on the line and Grayson clears – and Saints win a penalty inside Bristol's half as Ludlam gets over the ball!

2

Saints do well to stop an early rolling maul, but after Hughes trucks it up Randradra grubbers through and we have a TMO decision after Piutau claims a touchdown...

KICK-OFF!

We're off! Sheedy sends the ball into the air for the hosts and Grayson fields for Saints.

-10

Ten minutes to kick-off then and both teams head into the sheds after the warm-up. It's a still evening here in Bristol; some clouds overhead but not a breath of wind or a hint of rain, for now.

-12

Team news

Here are your Saints for this evening's clash...

SAINTS: Freeman, Olowofela, Dingwall, Francis, Naiyaravoro, Grayson, James; Hobbs-Awoyemi, Haywood, Painter, Moon, Isiekwe, Gibson, Ludlam (c), Adendorff
Replacements: Marshall, Auterac, Garside, Bean, Uru, Taylor, Bird-Tulloch, Gillespie

-13

Team news

Boyd has given some opportunities to some of his youngsters tonight with Tommy Freeman starting at fullback, Ryan Olowofela again entrusted on the wing, and Tom James making his first start for Saints at scrum-half. Josh Gillespie is set for a Gallagher Premiership debut if he comes off the bench, with Northampton's replacements boasting an average age of just 23.

-14

Team news

A reminder of how our opponents line up this evening...

BRISTOL: C Piutau, Morahan, Radradra, O'Conor, Leiua, Sheedy (c), Uren; Woolmore, Thacker, Sinckler, Attwood, Joyce, Vui, Earl, Hughes
Replacements: Capon, Y Thomas, McCabe, Luatua, D Thomas, Cook, Malins, Lloyd

-15

15 minutes to kick-off!

Welcome to Ashton Gate for tonight's Gallagher Premiership clash against Bristol Bears. Chris Boyd has been the first to admit that Saints' results since the restart have been unacceptable – can the men in Black, Green and Gold turn their fortunes around this evening?

Opposition LineupBristol Rugby

15
Charles Piutau
14
Luke Morahan
13
Semi Radradra
12
Piers O'Conor
11
Alapati Leiua
10
Callum Sheedy
9
Andy Uren
1
Jake Woolmore
2
Harry Thacker
3
Kyle Sinckler
4
Dave Attwood
5
Joe Joyce
6
Chris Vui
7
Ben Earl
8
Nathan Hughes

SubsBristol Rugby

16
Will Capon
17
Yann Thomas
18
Peter McCabe
19
Steven Luatua
20
Daniel Thomas
21
Chris Cook
22
Max Malins
23
Ioan Lloyd
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Bristol Rugby
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Northampton Saints
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Form Guide

Form

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Last match

Lost to Exeter Chiefs 15-38

Past meeting

Lost 10-47
Full Time
Bristol Rugby
Bristol Bears
47
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
10