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Posted Saturday, May 4th 2019

As it happened: Bristol Bears 20-20 Sale Sharks

Both sides squandered late chances to win it, but it finished honours even at Ashton Gate between Bristol Bears and Sale Sharks.

Faf De Klerk’s stoppage-time penalty rebounded back off the post, just a minute after Ian Madigan’s effort had faded agonisingly wide of the upright.

Alapati Leiua also had a try controversially ruled out by referee Matthew Carley 12 minutes from time, but it finished all square.

Relive all of the action as we dissect the key moments, as they happened, from Friday's clash.


Solomona touches down.
Piutau dives over.
Matthew Carley disallows Leiua's try.
De Klerk watches his kick.

9 minsTRY0-7 – Solomona intercepts Sheedy’s pass to canter in from 50 metres and open the scoring. Macginty converts.

16 minsPEN0-10 – Bristol penalised at the lineout and Macginty lands the angled penalty to extend the Sale lead to ten points.

29 minsTRY7-10 – He’s back in style. Sheedy shoots blind and is caught by Reed, but his offload finds Charles Piutau to power over. Sheedy converts.

34 minsPEN7-13 – De Klerk on target from 40 metres after Thacker is pinged for holding on. Great kick from the scrum half.

38 minsPEN10-13 – Bristol begin to find their feet and Sheedy slots a simple penalty after a strong carry from Pincus in midfield. It's a three-point game at the break.

HT: Bristol Bears 10-13 Sale Sharks


42 minsTRY10-20 – Stunning counter attack from Sale and they've got their second, as Reed breaks clear and Curry feeds inside for De Klerk to finish. Macginty converts.

47 minsTRY17-20 - Back in the game. Holmes with the powerful carry through the middle before O’Conor collects pass from the deck to feed Piutau, who sends Lieua in the corner. Sheedy converts from out wide.

62 mins – De Klerk kicks through and the ball evades Piutau’s grasp, but Reed knocks on five metres from the line. That's a let-off for the hosts.

68 minsDISALLOWED – Well, what's happened there? Leiua charges on from 50 metres with relative ease, but the try is disallowed for an alleged infringement by Sheedy in the build-up. But, Bristol are awarded the penalty. Eh?

70 minsPEN20-20 – Huge drive at the lineout takes Bristol within inches of the line, but Sale halt the charge illegally and Sheedy is on target from under the posts to level the scores.

77 minsPEN MISSED – It's a long way out, but Madigan will have a go at goal minutes after coming on as a sub. It's got the legs, but the Irishman's kick fades wide of the left upright.

80 minsPEN MISSED – He gets another go, but this one isn't easy either. 40 metres out and on the angle, it looks to be coming round, but not enough and Sale clear their lines from a dropout. 

81 minsPEN MISSED20-20 – What is going on here? Sale win a penalty inside the Bristol half and De Klerk lines it up to win the game. But the kick hits the post and Bristol move the ball wide and go up the other end where Pincus is halted short and Sale clear to touch.

FT: Bristol Bears 20-20 Sale Sharks


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