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Posted Monday, February 17th 2020

As it happened: Northampton Saints 14-20 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears scored 20 unanswered second-half points to complete a remarkable fightback and down Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens.

Tries from Henry Purdy and Lewis Thiede and a penalty apiece from Callum Sheedy and Ian Madigan cancelled out Harry Mallinder's first-half try and three James Grayson penalties, as Bristol battled back for a second away win of the Gallagher Premiership campaign.

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


9 mins – TRY – 5-0 - Harrison carries hard and ball is worked wide to Hutchinson, who sends Mallinder over in the corner for the opening try.

17 mins – PEN – 8-0 – Randall penalised for holding on and Grayson slots penalty from in front of the posts to extend Saints lead.

28 mins – PEN – 11-0 – Hughes offside on the short side and Grayson kicks his second penalty. Saints firmly in charge.

37 mins – Bedlow races through a gap but knocks the ball on when he’s tackled by the covering Mallinder.

HT: Northampton Saints 11-0 Bristol Bears

Purdy touches down (JMPUK).

44 mins – PEN – 14-0 – Third penalty for Grayson from under the posts extends Saints’ lead to 14 points early in the second half.

50 mins – YELLOW – Hutchinson yellow carded for a high tackle on Joe Joyce as charged for the line. 

51 mins – PEN – 14-3 – Sheedy slots simple penalty to get Bristol on the board.

62 mins – TRY – 14-10 – Superb break through the middle by O’Conor, who links up with Randall. The recycled ball finds Purdy who sprints in to score out wide. Sheedy converts.

65 mins – TRY – 14-17 – End to end stuff from the Bears, as Sheedy breaks from deep and locates Uren. Three phases later, Thiede crashes over to score. Sheedy converts.

80 mins – PEN – 14-20 – Penalty at scrum time and Ian Madigan steps up to slot angled kick and complete remarkable win.

FT: Northampton Saints 14-20 Bristol Bears


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