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Posted Saturday, May 18th 2019

As it happened: Newcastle Falcons 12-19 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears completed a ninth Gallagher Premiership victory of the season with a 19-12 triumph over Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park on the final day of the 2018/19 regular campaign.

Charles Piutau, Piers O'Conor and Jack Lam all crossed for Pat Lam's men, who ended with the highest points tally from a promoted side since 2007.

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


Piutau scores on ten minutes.
O'Conor scores Bristol's second.
Jack Lam powers over.

10 minsTRY0-5 – Patient play from the Bristol pack who edge the visitors close to the whitewash, before Sheedy and Siale Piutau combine to send Charles Piutau over to score.

15 mins – Piutau steps inside and Bristol go close again, but Falcons steal and clear their lines.

30 mins – Sheedy’s chip ahead almost falls into the clutches of Piers O’Conor, but bounce goes against the centre.

32 mins – Vui’s inside pass sends Charles Piutau clear, but the full back’s pass evades Luatua, with Sheedy free on the inside.

38 mins – Electrifying break from Adam Radwan, who is hauled down by Piutau inside the Bristol 22. Thomas wins the turnover and Bristol clear.

HT: Newcastle Falcons 0-5 Bristol Bears

41 mins – Matavesi breaks and finds Williams, who is tackled by Leiua, before Kibirige is bundled into touch.

46 minsTRY0-12 – Glittering stuff from the Bears, as the fleet-footed Piers O’Conor ghosts outside Toby Flood from a centre-field scrum to cruise in for Bristol’s second score. Sheedy converts.

54 minsTRY0-19 – And that's number three for Bristol, as Jack Lam powers over from close range after strong work from Thacker close to the line. Sheedy converts.

59 mins – Falcons break down the left, but Robinson is smashed into touch by Piutau and Thacker.

75 minsTRY7-19 – Gary Graham drives over from close range. Hodgson converts.

79 minsTRY12-19 – Johnny Williams rounds off sweeping Falcons attack from half way.

FT: Newcastle Falcons 12-19 Bristol Bears