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Posted Saturday, March 27th 2021

As it happened: Bristol Bears 35-33 Harlequins

Callum Sheedy's conversion with the last kick of the game gave Bristol Bears a dramatic win over Harlequins at Ashton Gate.

Dave Attwood, Fitz Harding and Piers O'Conor scored first-half tries for the Premiership leaders with Quins replying through a penalty try and Danny Care.

Care's drop goal and a Joe Marchant try put the visitors 12 points ahead with only 13 minutes remaining.

But a penalty try and Kyle Sinckler's last-minute score set the stage for Sheedy's expertly-taken winning kick.

Re-live all of the action from Ashton Gate, as we dissect the key moments.


7 mins – PEN MISSED – 0-0 – Quins win the penalty for holding on, but Smith’s kick strikes the post.

8 mins – TRY – 7-0 – Bears break from their own 22 and when Earl spills the ball backwards, Dave Attwood races in under the posts. Sheedy converts.

12 mins – PENALTY TRY – 7-7 - Quins drive the maul towards the line, but the Bears scramble hold it up – but after TMO consultation, it’s a penalty try, and Earl is sin-binned.

24 mins – TRY – 14-7 – Uren’s flat pass finds Byrne and his offload sends Harding over. Sheedy converts.

25 mins – TRY – 14-14 – Care strips the ball of Earl after poor pass to the number eight, and the scrum half touches down. Smith converts.

33 mins – TRY – 21-14 – Wow. Radradra in at first receiver breaks the tackle and offloads to the supporting O’Conor. Sheedy converts.

40 mins – PEN – 21-17 – Smith knocks over simple penalty to bring first half to a close.

HT: Bristol Bears 21-17 Harlequins

45 mins – PEN – 21-20 – Penalty conceded inside the Bears half and Smith steps up to land his second penalty.

56 mins - DROP GOAL – 21-23 – Care slots a smart drop goal with penalty advantage.

69 mins – TRY – 21-30 – Marchant rounds off sweeping Quins attack and Smith converts to extend visitors’ lead.

73 mins – PEN – 21-33 – Smith on target from the tee again after Quins are awarded a scrum penalty.

75 mins – TRY – 28-33 – Thomas looks to have scored from the maul but TMO awards a penalty try and sends Marchant to the sin-bin. Game on.

80 mins – TRY – 35-33 – Drama at the death. Sinckler rumbles over from the maul and Sheedy kicks the touchline conversion to snatch the win.

FT: Bristol Bears 35-33 Harlequins


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