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Posted Saturday, December 26th 2020

As it happened: Harlequins 19-27 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears fought back to record their first Premiership win at Harlequins since 2001.

Quins soaked up plenty of first-half pressure and countered with three Marcus Smith penalties, before Bristol responded through Dan Thomas.

Steve Luatua then crashed over from four yards to put Bears 12-9 up, and scrum-half Harry Randall darted over. Niyi Adeolokun raced away for the bonus point, before Smith claimed a consolation score for Quins.

Re-live all of the action from the Boxing Day Gallagher Premiership victory over Harlequins, as we dissect the key moments.


4 mins – CHANCE – Bears go close early on, with Hughes held up over the whitewash after initial lineout drive.

7 mins – PEN – 3-0 – Bears penalised for holding on and Smith lands simple penalty to open the scoring.

17 mins – PEN – 6-0 – Quins win a penalty after a long phase of play and Smith doubles the hosts’ lead from 40 metres.

24 mins – PEN – 9-0 – Yann Thomas penalised for holding on and Smith lands a third kick for a 9-0 lead.

34 mins – NO TRY – 9-0 – Louw looks to have powered over from close range, but TMO says no clear grounding. Let-off for the Bears.

40 mins – TRY – 9-5 – Back in the game. Luatua with the scything break and Dan Thomas scores out wide.

HT: Harlequins 9-5 Bristol Bears

45 mins – TRY – 9-12 – Luatua races on Randall’s quick-tap to score the Bears' second. Sheedy converts.

47 mins – PEN – 12-12 – Radradra penalised for tackle in the air and Smith kicks penalty to level the scores.

50 mins – PEN – 12-15 – Quins offside at the lineout and Sheedy nudges Bears back in front.

53 mins – PEN MISSED – Long-range penalty missed by Sheedy.

56 mins – TRY – 12-20 – Huge carry from Hughes in midfield and Randall snipes through gap to score a third Bristol try.

66 mins – TRY 12-27 – Luatua’s offload finds Adeolokun and the wing races over for his first Bears try. Sheedy converts.

80 mins – TRY – 19-27 - Smith goose-steps his way to a consolation try with the final play.

FT: Harlequins 19-27 Bristol Bears


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