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Will Carpenter


Posted Sunday, September 22nd 2019

As it happened: Harlequins 24-12 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears kicked off the new season with a 24-12 defeat to Harlequins at The Stoop in the Premiership Cup.

Aaron Morris’ first-half double surged Quins into a 17-0 lead five minutes before the interval, before Tom Pincus hit back for the Bears to narrow the half-time deficit.

And after 37 scoreless second-half minutes, Charlie Mulchrone’s late try sealed the deal for the home side, with a fine solo effort from Mat Protheroe offering little more than a consolation for Pat Lam’s men.

3 minsPEN3-0 – Bears penalised at the scrum and Brett Herron lands angled penalty to open the scoring.

8 minsDISALLOWED – Ed Holmes bundles over the line after Quins gift back possession, but his score is ruled out for a double movement.

Pincus stretches over for Bristol's first try (JMPUK).

14 minsTRY10-0 – Chisholm breaks on the outside and feeds Morris for the opening score. Herron converts.

36 minsTRY17-0 – Morris grabs his second after break from Mulchrone sends full-back over untouched.

39 minsTRY17-5 – Randall and Pincus combine to break the line, before Madigan’s kick picks the winger out again.

HT: Harlequins 17-5 Bristol Bears

Bedlow breaks clear (JMPUK).

52 mins – Stirzaker’s offload sends Bedlow clear, but the centre spills the ball five metres from the try line.

63 minsPEN17-5 – Penalty at the breakdown to Quins, but Herron’s kick strikes the post.

77 minsTRY24-5 – Mulchrone finishes off neat Quins move after Bristol turn the ball over inside their own 22. Herron converts.

78 minsTRY24-12 – Sensational score from Protheroe, who races clear from 50 metres to touch down. Eden converts.

79 mins - Bears chasing a third try which would earn a losing bonus-point, but the lineout goes astray and Quins clear to touch to end proceedings.

FT: Harlequins 24-12 Bristol Bears

Protheroe races away to score late on (JMPUK).

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