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Posted Monday, September 3rd 2018

As it happened: Bristol Bears 17-10 Bath Rugby

Bristol Bears kicked off their Gallagher Premiership campaign with an enthralling 17-10 victory over Bath at Ashton Gate on Friday.

Relive all of the action as we dissect the key moments, as it happened, from a night to remember in BS3.

A jam-packed Ashton Gate before kick-off.
Tom Homer drops the ball over the try line.
Luke Morahan breaks clear during the first half.
Madigan lands his third penalty of the evening.

Leiua scores match-winning try.

1 min – Crunching high tackle on Luke Daniels from Jamie Roberts kicks off proceedings, with just a penalty awarded against the Bath centre.

7 minsPEN3-0 – Ian Madigan opens Bristol Bears’ account in the Gallagher Premiership, nailing an angled penalty from 30 metres after Bath are penalised for pulling down maul.

12 minsMISSED PEN - Bath win a penalty at the scrum, but Priestland’s effort strikes post from long range.

14 mins – After strong build-up work from Roberts and a glorious cut-out pass from Jackson Willison, Rhys Priestland decided against going alone and instead linked up with Tom Homer for the simplest of walk-ins. But, with the line at his mercy, the full-back lost grip of the ball in the process of grounding, and after consultation from the TMO, referee, JP Doyle disallowed the try.

24 mins – Jordan Crane ends long spell of Bath pressure with a crucial turnover five metres from Bristol try line.

27 mins – Luke Morahan makes a scintillating break from just inside his own half, but the winger is scythed down by Joe Cokanasiga just metres from the line, with Nic Stirzaker in support.

28 minsPEN6-0 – Ian Madigan is on target from the kicking tee again after Bath infringe at the breakdown, to double Bristol's lead on the half-hour mark.

HT: Bristol Bears 6-0 Bath Rugby

43 minsPEN9-0 – Early in the second half, Madigan lands third penalty from the ten-metre line to extend Bristol lead to nine points.

49 minsMISSED PEN – Priestland misses again as Bristol Bears are given a let-off with half an hour left to play.

53 minsTRY9-7 – Guy Mercer and Sam Underhill make hard yards inside the Bristol 22, and Tom Homer makes amends for earlier mishap with a try on the right-hand side. Priestland converts.

60 minsYELLOW – Setback for the home side as Tusi Pisi is sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on just metres short of his own try line. Bath decide against taking the points and instead opt for a scrum.

63 minsPEN9-10 – Priestland on target again after Jack Lam is penalised on the floor.

69 minsPEN12-10 – But Lam makes amends six minutes later, winning his side a penalty before Madigan lands kick from all of 40 metres.

73 minsTRY17-10 – The decisive moment. Luke Morahan slices through the Bath defence, handing off Francois Louw on the inside, before feeding Alapati Leiua, who gathers at second time of asking to touch down. Madigan’s conversion hits the post and Bristol lead by seven in the closing stages.

76 mins - DISALLOWED - Replacement Jake Armstrong finds Alapati Leiua with a clever offload, as the wing looks to have scored his second, but the pass is adjudged forward and the try disallowed.

79 mins – Bath win a penalty and kick to the corner, but Tom Dunn’s throw is adjudged not straight and Bristol are awarded a five-metre scrum.

80 mins – Jack Lam collects from the base and launches into the Atyeo Stand, as JP Doyle blows the final whistle on a thrilling night at Ashton Gate.


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