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Posted Monday, October 1st 2018

As it happened: Bristol Bears 40-45 Northampton Saints

Bristol Bears ran in five tries but still fell to a high-scoring defeat at the hands of Northampton Saints on Saturday.

Will Hurrell (2), Harry Thacker, Luke Morahan and Alapati Leiua all touched down, but Saints outscored the hosts by six tries to five to seal victory, with Bristol securing two losing bonus points. 

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


Hurrell scores opener.
Thacker touches down in first half.
Ludlam crosses for Saints.
Morahan dives over.
Hurrell secures first bonus point.
Bristol players at final whistle.

6 minsPEN0-3 – George Smith penalised at the breakdown and Dan Biggar knocks over resulting penalty from under the posts.

8 minsTRY7-3 - Hurrell slides on the outside arc and hands off Dan Biggar before powering over on the right-hand side. Sheedy converts.

10 minsDISALLOWED – Reinach feeds Biggar, who sends Burrell in unopposed, but Luke Pearce consults TMO and try is disallowed for forward pass from Reinach.

15 minsTRY7-10 – Prop, Ehren Painter barges over from close range after Saints go close from driving lineout. Biggar converts.

22 minsTRY7-17 – Replacement Andrew Kellaway goes over in the corner after another break from the electric Tom Collins puts Bristol on the back foot. Biggar converts.

26 minsPEN10-17 – Harrison dives over the ruck and is penalised by Luke Pearce. Sheedy lands the resulting penalty to reduce deficit.

29 minsYELLOW – Jack Lam sent to the sin bin for pulling down the Saints maul as it surged towards the Bristol line.

32 minsTRY17-17 – Incredible stuff from the home side, as Afoa breaks through the centre of the maul and feeds Harry Thacker for a 30-metre run-in. Sheedy converts.

35 minsDISALLOWED – Andy Uren looks to have scored Bristol’s third try, but Luke Pearce, after consulting the TMO, says he was held on the floor and the score is chalked off.

37 minsTRY17-24 – Flanker Lewis Ludlam runs off Courtney Lawes' shoulder to score under the posts. Biggar converts.

39 minsPEN20-24 - Sheedy keeps his spotless record from the tee with a second successful penalty following a high tackle on Joe Latta shortly before the break.

 

HT: Bristol Bears 20-24 Northampton Saints

 

44 minsTRY20-31 - Naiyaravoro shakes off two tacklers to go over in the corner, after sloppy handling from Bristol in the midfield. Biggar converts.

48 minsTRY27-31 - Callum Sheedy’s pinpoint cross-field kick is on the money for O’Conor, who gathers beautifully before flicking an offload to Morahan for the score. Sheedy converts.

55 minsPEN30-31 – Bristol Bears press forward and after six phases of pick-and-go carries, Saints are penalised. Sheedy knocks over simple kick.

60 minsTRY30-38 – Alex Waller shows his power to pick his way over the line from close range as visitors extend their lead. Biggar converts.

65 minsTRY30-45 – Mikey Haywood picks and goes to catch Bristol sleeping around the fringes and give Saints a 15-point buffer. Replacement Mallinder converts.

69 minsTRY35-45 – Pisi flings it wide and Morahan’s delightful offload frees up Hurrell to power over in the corner. Pisi's conversion drifts wide.

80 minsTRY40-45 – After strong work from the forwards, the ball is spun wide and Hurrell’s pass sends Leiua in to seal a second bonus-point for the home side. Conversion missed.

FT: Bristol Bears 40-45 Northampton Saints