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Posted Saturday, January 25th 2020

As it happened: Bristol Bears 34-16 Gloucester

Bristol Bears ran in three second half tries to down Gloucester in an action-packed West Country derby at Ashton Gate.

Henry Purdy, Luke Morahan and Mat Protheroe all touched down in the second period, after five Callum Sheedy penalties had fired Bristol into a six-point lead at the break.

Re-live all of the action, as we dissect the key moments from Saturday's win.


14 mins – PEN – 3-0 – Bears dominating opening period and after Morahan’s pass is slapped down in the wide channels, Sheedy steps up to land angled penalty.

16 mins – PEN – 3-3 - Bristol penalised for holding on and Williams kicks penalty to level the scores.

19 mins – PEN – 6-3 – Leiua storms down the short side and is hauled down on the 22. Bristol awarded penalty in front of the posts and Sheedy steps up to slot.

22 mins – PEN – 6-6 – Williams on target again as Bristol are caught out in midfield.

Sheedy kicks one of five penalties against Gloucester.

28 mins – PEN – 9-6 – Sheedy takes quick penalty and finds Dan Thomas. Another penalty follows for a high tackle on the flanker and Sheedy converts from under the posts.

32 mins – PEN – 9-9 – Another straightforward kick for Williams levels the scores once again.

35 mins – PEN – 12-9 – Hughes rampages down the right touchline, and from the following phase, Gloucester are offside and Sheedy kicks his fourth penalty of the half.

38 mins – PEN – 15-9 – Superb defensive work from Luatua earns another penalty, and Sheedy makes it five out five for the half.

HT: Bristol Bears 15-9 Gloucester Rugby


46 mins – TRY – 22-9 – Leiua on the charge down the right wing and his offload finds Thomas. When the ball is worked to opposite wing, Morahan and O'Conor combine to locate Purdy, who powers over to score on debut. Sheedy converts.

64 mins – Hughes powers for the line but is held up by a scrambling Gloucester defence. Bears piling on the pressure inside Gloucester territory.

69 mins – TRY – 27-9 – Is that the game? Bristol playing with penalty advantage make the hard yards up front, before the backls are released and Protheroe sends Morahan over in corner

74 mins – TRY – 34-9 – Finishing with a flourish. Protheroe is in the action again, collecting Leiua's pass and speeding through a gaping hole in the Gloucester defence to score.

78 mins – TRY – 34-16 - Gloucester score a consolation through Freddie Clarke, who hits a short line off Braley to score. Twelvetrees converts.

FT: Bristol Bears 34-16 Gloucester Rugby


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