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Will Carpenter


Posted Monday, January 7th 2019

As it happened: Exeter Chiefs 14-9 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears earned a valuable losing bonus-point from a narrow West Country derby defeat to Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday.

Ian Madigan kicked three penalties for Pat Lam's side, but tries from Santiago Cordero and Sean Lonsdale sealed victory for the Chiefs.

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

Madigan lands early penalty.
Cordero touches down.
Lonsdale scores winner.

8 minsCHANCE – Randall breaks from deep with penalty advantage, as Bristol make bright start at Sandy Park.

13 mins0-3 – Madigan penalty puts Bristol into the lead after powerful surge from Jack Lam inside Chiefs 22.

33 mins - Randall puts pressure on Matt Kvesic at the back of the Chiefs scrum and forces the knock-on. Great work from the Bristol number nine.

35 mins - Madigan darts blind and almost threads the ball through for the chasing Piers O'Conor.

40 minsTRY7-3 - Cordero touches down in the corner after prolonged period of pressure in Bristol 22. Steenson converts.

HT: Exeter Chiefs 7-3 Bristol Bears

48 minsPEN7-6 – Penalty awarded to Bristol at the scrum and Madigan obliges from 35 metres to reduce deficit.

51 mins - Chris Vui makes the break down the touchline after a stunning offload from Harry Thacker. Bristol make good inroads here at Sandy Park.

56 minsPEN7-9 – Mix up between Cordero and Dollman sees penalty awarded to Bristol, and Madigan slots kick from testing angle to give Bristol a narrow lead.

66 minsTRY14-9 – Exeter apply the pressure inside Bristol 22 and Lonsdale burrows over from close range to edge Chiefs back in front. Simmonds converts.

76 mins - What a tackle from Luke Morahan, as the winger chases back to save a certain try and keep Bristol within losing bonus-point territory.

FT: Exeter Chiefs 14-9 Bristol Bears

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