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Posted Sunday, January 5th 2020

As it happened: Leicester Tigers 31-18 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears suffered a third straight league defeat, as Leicester Tigers took the spoils at Welford Road on Saturday.

Jordan Lay and Alapati Leiua were sin-binned inside the first 20 minutes to leave the visitors with just 13 men for a short time - and Pat Lam’s side paid the price, with the hosts racing into a 21-6 half time lead courtesy of tries from Ellis Genge, Jonny May and George Ford.

Two tries in two minutes clawed Bristol back into the contest just minutes into the second period, as Dan Thomas and Piers O’Conor touched down to set up a thrilling finale.

But a George Ford penalty and Jonny May’s second late on sealed the deal for Leicester, leaving Bristol to rue two costly yellow cards.

Re-live all of the action, as we dissect the key moments from Saturday's action.


3 mins – TRY – 7-0 – Ellis Genge rumbles over from close range after Bears error inside the 22. Ford converts.

6 mins – PEN – 7-3 – Immediate response from the boot of Callum Sheedy, who slots angled penalty.

9 mins – YELLOW – Jordan Lay sent to the sin bin for high tackle on Jordan Olowefela.

16 mins – PEN – 7-6 – Sheedy on target again as Bristol climb their way back into the game.

18 mins – YELLOW – Alapati Leiua sin binned for deliberate knock on.

19 mins – TRY – 14-6 – Tigers capitalise on numerical advantage to score through Jonny May. Ford converts.

27 mins – TRY – 21-6 – George Ford scythes through the Bristol defence to touch down for the hosts’ third try, before adding conversion.

33 mins – PEN MISSED – 21-6 - Penalty awarded at scrum time but Ford’s kick drifts wide.

38 mins – Telusa Veainu in the clear but drops the ball with a straight run to the line. Let off for Bristol.

HT: Leicester Tigers 21-6 Bristol Bears

46 mins – TRY – 21-13 – Strong driving lineout from the Bears and Dan Thomas touches down to give the visitors a lifeline. Sheedy converts.

47 mins – TRY – 21-18 – Straight from the kick-off, Sheedy steps clear and kicks ahead and Piers O’Conor gathers the ball to finish superbly.

54 mins – PEN – 24-18 – Ford steps up to land penalty from 40 metres and extend Tigers' lead.

75 mins – TRY – 31-18 – Jonny May finishes well in the corner to seal bonus point win for Leicester. Ford converts.

FT: Leicester Tigers 31-18 Bristol Bears


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