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Northampton Saints vs Bristol Bears

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

Saints 11-0 Bristol

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Saints 14-20 Bristol

Attendance

12,666

Referee

Matthew Carley

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
14

Summary

Full Time

Bristol Rugby
Bristol Bears
20
Northampton Saints
T
P
P
P
KOHTFT
Bristol Rugby
P
T
C
T
C
P

And with the clock run down, that's the match.

Madigan...

... sends the kick through.

80

Penalty Bristol at the scrum. Madigan points to the posts with the last play.

79

Less than a minute left here as we re-set the scrum.

79

But Mallinder's offload comes forwards off Onojaife and Bristol clear. Tuala collects but Bristol earn the scrum.

78

Naiyaravoro charges up the left and Saints are off again. Dingwall frees his arms to find Naiyaravoro again and Saints are in the 22 now.

76

Saints hold Bristol in their own 22 well and force Uren to clear. Mallinder is there and he comes forwards. Saints play on.

Eadie is replaced by Onojaife as we set the scrum.

74

Saints push but Bristol's defence holds and eventually the error comes from Saints. Scrum Bristol.

73

Saints push forwards off the scrum and are inside Bristol's 22 quickly. They push on.

72

Uren clears again and Mallinder is there, he returns it and Piutau knocks on the high ball. Scrum Saints on Bristol's 22. 

71

Mitchell finds Tuala and Harrison out wide and the latter charges forwards but he's pushed into touch and Bristol will have a lineout inside their own half. 

70

Uren boxes off the back of the maul and Naiyaravoro is there. He charges forwards but is stripped and Bristol clear. Grayson is there and Saints play on again.

68

Penalty Bristol at the scrum and Sheedy sends it to touch for a lineout on their own 22. 

67

Eadie collets the lineout and Dingwall barges forwards. He finds Tuala who's through and has Mallinder on his shoulder. The fullback races up to the five metre line but he knocks on there and Bristol will have the scrum.

66

Good pressure from Saints at this restart and Uren is forced to clear. Lineout Saints.

Fish also enters the game, with Haywood making way.

B Franks enters the game as Waller makes his way to the bench.

Sheedy...

... sends the conversion through.

Try Bristol.

The away side are relentless in their attack from the restart and eventually it's Y Thomas who's over from close range.

A host of changes for Saints: Hutchinson returns form the sin bin, Mitchell, Dingwall and Tuala join him on the field as Reinach, Proctor and Collins make way.

Sheedy...

... adds the conversion too.

Try Bristol.

O'Conor breaks in the midfield and the ball comes wide to Purdy for the finish in the corner.

59

Reinach whips the ball away from the scrum before sending the ball high after Saints push forwards. Bristol collect and play on.

Painter took a knock in the build up and is replaced by O Franks.

58

Brilliant work from Saints at the maul and they earn the scrum. 

Painter replaces O Franks as we set the lineout.

56

Loose ball off the back of the scrum but Grayson comes away with it. His kick to touch heads straight out though and Bristol will have the lineout.

55

Knock on from Bristol off the back of the lineout and Saints will have the scrum. 

53

Naiyaravoro is away off the scrum but he knocks on in contact and Saints concede just after that. Sheedy sends the penalty into touch for a lineout.

52

But good pressure from Saints forces the error from Bristol and Saints will have the scrum. 

50

Hughes charges forwards from the restart and Bristol work out of their 22.

Sheedy...

... sends the resulting penalty through the posts for Bristol's first points.

Hutchinson is pinged for a high tackle and he's sent to the sin bin for ten minutes.

46

Reinach gets the ball away from the scrum but Bristol steal the ball in the breakdown and earn the scrum just after. 

45

Bristol push forwards before Capon charges up the left. The ball comes back the other way but the last pass is forwards and Saints will have the scrum. 

44

Free kick Bristol at the lineout and the go quickly but knock on just after and Reinach and Collins chase the former's chip through. Morahan is back and he earns a penalty at the breakdown. Sheedy sends it to touch for a lineout on halfway. 

44

Eadie collects the restart and Reinach clears well. Lineout Bristol.

Grayson...

... sends the kick through too!

42

Penalty Saints at the breakdown in front of the posts and Grayson motions for his tee. 

41

Brilliant tackle from Reinach on the restart and Bristol knock on. Saints pressure well and push forwards in Bristol's 22. 

40

WE'RE BACK ON!

Grayson gets us restarted here at Franklin's Gardens!

Sheedy returns the ball and Grayson collects before sending it into the stands to end the half.

40

Solid defence from Saints again as they hold Bristol on halfway. Reinach hacks through but Bristol collect and play on as the clock runs down.

38

Bristol whip the ball wide quickly before heading straight back the other way. They're into Saints' 22 now and pushing.

38

Scrappy at the scrum but Saints keep the ball. Reinach boxes and Alapati is there again. Bristol play on. 

37

Wood is up for the lineout and Saints maul forwards but the ball comes loose and Bristol play on. Bedlow charges forwards but knocks on in contact and Saints have the scrum. 

36

Patient defence from Saints and the penalty eventually comes as Waller gets over the ball. Grayson sends the ball into touch for a lineout on halfway. 

35

Bristol look to maul but Saints hold them well and it goes to ground. Randall gets the ball out and Bristol push on.

34

Penalty Bristol as Saints are penalised at the lineout. Sheedy sends the ball into the corner.

32

Saints barge their way over the halfway line but as Waller breaks, he's isolated and Bristol earn the penalty. Sheedy sends it to touch for a lineout just outside Saints' 22. 

31

Wood is up for the lineout and Saints maul forwards before Reinach sends it high. Naiyaravoro is in chase but Morahan knocks the high ball on. Scrum Saints on halfway.

29

Eadie collects the restart and Saints push forwards before Reinach boxes high. Alapati is there and Bristol play on before Sheedy sends the grubber through. Lineout Saints inside their own 22. 

Grayson...

... sends the kick through!

27

Reinach gets the ball away and Saints play on. There's an advantage coming for Saints so Grayson tries a crossfield to Collins but when that doesn't come off we come back for the penalty. Grayson points to the posts.

26

Saints push on but referee Tom Foley gets in the way and we'll restart with a Saints scrum. 

25

Bristol disrupt at the lineout and the ball comes loose. The away side collect and play on. But the ball comes loose again and Naiyaravoro is there. He charges up to the 22 before he's taken down. Saints play on.

24

Piutau breaks and is up to halfway but is taken down by Mallinder there. Randall boxes but his kick heads straight out and Saints will have the lineout inside Bristol's half. 

23

Wood is up for the lineout and Saints push forwards. Collins is nearly through but Afoa comes out of nowhere to slow him. Bristol turn the ball over and play on.

22

Saints get over the ball once again and Grayson sends the resulting penalty into touch for a lineout in Bristol's 22. 

21

Free kick Saints and Reinach takes it quickly. But the ball comes loose and Bristol play on. 

20

But Bristol knock on once more in contact and Saints will have the scrum.

20

Bristol knock on off the back of the lineout and Saints push on. But Hutchinson's hack through finds Bristol hands and they play on.

19

Grayson collects the restart and clears. Lineout Bristol on halfway. 

Grayson...

... sends the kick through to extend Saints' lead. 

17

Bristol get the ball away but Saints are straight on them in defence and Hutchinson gets over the ball to earn the penalty. Grayson points to the posts. 

16

Reinach whips the ball out quickly but is isolated and held up. Scrum Bristol.

15

Mallinder chases as Grayson returns the kick and Bedlow knocks on under the pressure. Scrum Saints.

14

Grayson chips through to Hutchinson and Proctor to collect but Piutau dots it down over the line. 22 drop Bristol.

14

Coles is up for the lineout and Saints play on.

13

Saints maul forwards before earning a penalty at the breakdown. Grayson sends this one to the corner. 

13

Saints maul forwards before earning a penalty at the breakdown. Grayson sends this one to the corner. 

11

Brilliant defence from Saints again as they push Bristol back before turning the ball over. Grayson sends the resulting penalty into touch for a lineout on halfway. 

10

Bristol secure the lineout but their maul goes nowhere. They come across to the midfield but Saints are deemed to have knocked on and then picked the ball up in an offside position. Sheedy sends it to touch for a Bristol lineout on Saints' 22. 

Moon is replaced by Bean as we set the lineout.

9

No conversion from Grayson in the wind but he collects and clears the restart well. Lineout Bristol on halfway. 

TRYYYYYYYY HARRY MAL!!

Harrison is uncontainable in the midfield as he crashes through five defenders before offloading to Hutchinson. The centre finds Mallinder and the fullback is over!

7

Coles is up for the lineup and Harrison charges forwards off the back of it. Saints keep pushing. 

6

Overthrow from Bristol and Reinach is there. Saints push forwards before the scrum-half boxes clear. Bristol return is though and Saints play on. Mallinder makes ground down the left before offloading to Reinach. He's nearly through but his chip to himself heads into touch off a Bristol player. Lineout Saints on Bristol's 22. 

5

Grayson sends the ball high and Bristol play before earning a penalty. Sheedy sends it to touch. Lineout Bristol in Saints' 22. 

4

Piutau hacks through, Leiua is there but he's taken down. The ball comes the other way and Sheedy chips through but the ball goes dead. 22 drop Saints. 

3

Penalty Bristol at the scrum and Sheedy sends it to touch. Lnieout Bristol just outside Saints' 22. 

3

Penalty Bristol at the scrum and Sheedy sends it to touch. Lnieout Bristol just outside Saints' 22. 

2

Great defence from Saints pushes Bristol back into their own half but when the ball comes loose it's deemed to have come off a Saints hand. Scrum Bristol. 

1

Eadie claims the kick-off and Saints push forwards before Grayson sends it high. Piutau is there to collect but he's taken down quickly. Bristol push on.

HERE WE GO!

Saints v Bristol is on!

Opposition LineupBristol Rugby

15
Charles Piutau
14
Luke Morahan
13
Piers O'Conor
12
Sam Bedlow
11
Alapati Leiua
10
Callum Sheedy
9
Harry Randall
1
Jake Woolmore
2
Shaun Malton
3
John Afoa
4
Dave Attwood
5
Chris Vui
6
Steven Luatua
7
Daniel Thomas
8
Nathan Hughes

SubsBristol Rugby

16
Will Capon
17
Yann Thomas
18
Lewis Thiede
19
Joe Joyce
20
Jake Heenan
21
Andy Uren
22
Ian Madigan
23
Henry Purdy
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Bristol Rugby
Bristol BearsBRI138142892642532292238
4
Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR13706303311-835384335
Form Guide

Form

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Northampton Saints
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Bristol Rugby
Bristol Bears
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