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Posted Saturday, March 13th 2021

As it happened: Bristol Bears 37-20 Wasps

Bristol Bears went 11 points clear at the top of the Gallagher Premiership with a 37-20 bonus-point win over Wasps.

Wasps had raced into a 10-point lead thanks to a Sione Vailanu try, but the Bears hit back through Piers O'Conor's try and three Tiff Eden penalties.

Joe Joyce bulldozed over on the hour mark before Niyi Adeolokun crossed in the corner as Bristol pulled clear.

Josh Bassett broke through to give Wasps a consolation score but Chris Vui earned Bristol a last-gasp bonus point.

Re-live all of the action from the bonus-point victory over Wasps at Ashton Gate, as we dissect the key moments.


7 mins – PEN – 0-3 – Gopperth on target with long-range penalty after Adeolokun penalised for high tackle.

10 mins – PEN MISSED – Eden strikes the post with penalty attempt.

16 mins – TRY – 0-10 – Vailanu breaks through the middle of the ruck to touch down for Wasps. Gopperth converts.

20 mins – TRY – 7-10 – Piutau breaks from the scrum and feeds O’Conor for the Bears' opening score. Eden converts.

26 mins – PEN – 10-10 – Wasps offside at the breakdown and Eden knocks over the penalty to level the scores.

35 mins – PEN – 13-10 – Great kick from Eden who lands angled penalty to edge the hosts in front.

37 mins – PEN – 16-10 – Great work from the Bears who force Wasps into conceding another penalty and Eden extends the lead.

40 mins – PEN – 16-13 – Gopperth reduces the deficit on the stroke of half time.

HT: Bristol Bears 16-13 Wasps

44 mins – PEN MISSED – Gopperth wide from long range early in second half.

57 mins – PEN MISSED – TRY – 23-13 – Eden’s penalty strikes the post but it rebounds to Adeolokun and two phases later, Joyce powers over. Eden converts.

62 mins – PEN – Strong drive at the lineout and Wasps give away another penalty, but Eden hits the post again.

67 mins – TRY – 30-13 - Stunning hands from O'Conor and Eden frees up Piutau and his floated pass sends Adeolokun over in the corner. Eden converts.

78 mins – TRY – 30-20 – Vellacott takes quick-tap penalty and breaks clear before feeding Bassett. Gopperth converts.

80 mins – TRY – 37-20 – Vui powers over from close range to earn a crucial bonus point for the Bears. Eden converts.

FT: Bristol Bears 37-20 Wasps


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