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Posted Monday, November 23rd 2020

As it happened: Wasps 23-20 Bristol Bears

Tom Willis' late try condemned the Bears to a losing start on the opening day of their 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership campaign.

A trio of Jimmy Gopperth penalties edged Wasps in front after Sam Bedlow had kicked the Bears ahead.

Harry Randall burrowed over for Pat Lam’s men, before Jack Willis' try - given after review - put Wasps back in front.

Skipper Siale Piutau crossed to restore the lead in a dramatic final quarter, but Willis touched down with two minutes left to nick the win.

Re-live all of the action from Saturday's Gallagher Premiership play-off semi-final clash with Wasps, as we dissect the key moments.


9 mins – PEN – 0-3 – Bright start from the Bears who earn a penalty for offside and Bedlow slots long-range kick.

12 mins – CHANCE – Two five-metre lineouts for the Bears go to waste with both are stolen by Cardall.

18 mins – PEN – 3-3 – Wasps pressure inside the Bears 22 and Gopperth levels the scores for the tee.

27 mins – CHANCE – Umaga breaks and feeds Bassett for a clear run to the line, but the pass is forward and it’s a let off for the visitors.

33 mins – PEN – 6-3 – Piutau spills Randall’s pass and Wasps win the penalty from the breakdown. Gopperth lands simple kick.

HT: Wasps 6-3 Bristol Bears

45 mins – PEN – 9-3 – Penalty at the scrum and Gopperth makes it three from three.

47 mins – YELLOW – de Jongh yellow carded for cynical offside as Bears turn the screw inside the 22.

52 mins – TRY – 9-10 – Quickly taken penalty from Randall and the scrum half fights his way to the whitewash. Bedlow converts.

55 mins – PEN MISSED – 9-10 – Another scrum penalty to the hosts but Gopperth’s kick drifts wide.

59 mins – PEN MISSED – Bedlow’s kick is pulled wide after a sweeping Bears attack inside Wasps territory.

67 mins – PEN – 9-13 – Bedlow on target from long range to extend Bears’ lead in frantic final quarter.

71 mins – TRY – 16-13 – Jack Willis powers over from close range to put Wasps back in front, after TMO consultation. Gopperth converts.

74 mins – TRY – 16-20 – Siale Piutau bashes his way to the line from close range after another quickly taken penalty from Randall puts Wasps on the back foot.

78 mins – TRY – 23-20 – Heartbreak for the Bears, as Tom Willis goes over to snatch victory for the home side.

FT: Wasps 23-20 Bristol Bears


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