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Posted Sunday, May 9th 2021

As it happened: Bath Rugby 20-40 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to beat local rivals Bath 40-20 and secure a Premiership play-off spot.

Anthony Watson and Rhys Priestland put Bath two tries up after 13 minutes despite early Bristol dominance, but Nathan Hughes' score and a penalty try either side of half-time got Bristol back into it, before Max Malins and Charles Piutau earned a bonus point.

Watson got a second, but Bath prop Tom Dunn was sent off and Ben Earl and Malins went over against 14 men to rack up a club score record score at The Rec.

Re-live all of the action from The Rec, as we dissect the key moments.


2 mins – Sheedy stabs a kick through and Siale Piutau collects as Bears apply early pressure. Penalty is awarded and kicked to the corner, but the lineout goes astray.

8 mins – DISALLOWED – Glorious score from the Bears who go over out wide through Malins, after slick work from Radradra and Piutau, but Luke Pearce calls play back for a forward pass in build-up.

13 mins – TRY – 5-0 – Completely against the run of play, Bath hack the loose ball through and Watson finishes off to open the scoring.

15 mins – TRY – 12-0 – And another for the hosts. Priestland picks off Sheedy’s pass in midfield to race over untouched. Spencer converts.

28 mins – PEN – 15-0 – Spencer knocks over simple penalty after Hughes is penalised inside the 22. Bath in command at The Rec.

37 mins – TRY – 15-7 – Back in the game. Strong lineout drive and Hughes touches down to get the Bears on the board. Sheedy converts.

HT: Bath 15-7 Bristol Bears

46 mins – DISALLOWED – Another stunner from the Bears, as Hughes collects Sheedy’s cross-kick, but try is ruled out again for Morahan knock-on.

49 mins – PENALTY TRY – 15-14 - Huge scrum pressure from the Bears and Bath buckle, leaving Luke Pearce to award a penalty try.

49 mins – YELLOW – Schoeman binned following penalty try.

55 mins – TRY – 15-21 – Bears in front in the blink of an eye. Well worked play down the short side as Piutau and Radradra feed Malins in the corner. Sheedy converts.

64 mins – TRY – 15-28 – Bonus point in the bag. Bears turning the screw inside Bath 22 and Uren feeds Piutau at full throttle to touch down. Sheedy converts.

68 mins – TRY – 20-28 – Priestland’s cross-kick is superbly collected by Watson for the score as Bath reduce the deficit.

70 mins – RED – Dunn sent off for no-arm tackle to head of Radradra.

74 mins – TRY – 20-35 – FIVE. Huge lineout drive and it’s Earl who grabs the fifth for the Bears.

80 mins – TRY – 20-40 – Signed, sealed, delivered. Malins slides in to complete a sensational second half at The Rec.

FT: Bath 20-40 Bristol Bears


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