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Will Carpenter


Posted Monday, December 3rd 2018

As it happened: Bristol Bears 41-10 Leicester Tigers

Bristol Bears ran in 20 unanswered second-half points to storm to a bonus-point victory over Leicester Tigers at Ashton Gate.

Harry Thacker's double and further tries from Luke Morahan and Harry Randall led the way for for Pat Lam's men, while Ian Madigan's 21-point haul sealed a memorable home win in front of more than 12,000 supporters in BS3.

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

Thacker scores in the second minute.
Wayne Barnes sends off Eastmond.
Thacker flies over for his second.
Morahan speeds in for Bristol's third.

2 minsTRY7-0 – What a start for Bristol. Madigan’s inside pass frees up Leiua and the wing feeds the supporting Thacker to touch down. Madigan converts.

10 minsPEN10-0 – High tackle on Thacker from Kyle Eastmond, and Madigan knocks over an angled penalty from 30 metres.

17 minsTRY10-7 – Manu Tuilagi rips the ball off Adam Thompstone before beating Leiua on his way to the line. Ford converts.

25 minsRED – Kyle Eastmond dismissed for dangerous tackle on Ian Madigan in midfield. Tigers down to 14 men.

26 minsPEN13-7 – Ian Madigan lands long-range penalty to extend Bristol lead.

28 minsYELLOW – John Afoa sin-binned for no-arm tackle on Kalamafoni.

29 minsPEN13-10 – Ford is on target with resulting penalty to reduce Tigers’ deficit.

32 minsPEN16-10 – Tigers penalised for not rolling away as Bristol pile on the pressure inside the 22. Madigan knocks over simple kick.

35 minsTRY21-10 – It’s a second for Thacker, but it’s all down to Steven Luatua. The flanker breaks clear and isn’t held in the tackle, before feeding Thacker to fly over.

HT: Bristol Bears 21-10 Leicester Tigers

46 minsTRY28-10 – A stunning try from Luke Morahan. John Afoa rips the balls off of George Ford and when it's moved wide, Morahan stands up Jonny May and burns him on the outside to score. Madigan converts.

50 minsTRY - 35-10 – Oh, Harry Randall. The electric number nine taps and goes to catch Tigers sleeping, and speeds in from 40 metres. Madigan converts.

56 minsPEN38-10 – Siale Piutau is tackled without the ball after superb snipe from Andy Uren, and Ian Madigan obliges from 40 metres out.

58 minsPEN41-10 – Tigers infringe at the breakdown again and Madigan’s boot is on fire as he lands another kick.

73 mins – Shaun Malton has try disallowed for not releasing after being tackled. Referee Wayne Barnes awards a penalty to Leicester.

80 mins - Harry Thacker wins the turnover and Andy Uren boots the ball into touch to seal huge win for Bristol Bears.

FT: Bristol Bears 41-10 Leicester Tigers

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