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Posted Sunday, November 25th 2018

As it happened: Wasps 32-28 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears launched a staunch second-half fightback at the Ricoh Arena, but it wasn't enough to overturn a 32-7 deficit against Wasps. 

Ross Neal's double and further scores from Juan de Jongh and James Gaskell fired Dai Young's side into a commanding lead early in the second period, but Thacker's introduction sparked a spirited fightback as Bristol earned two losing bonus-points on the road.

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


Juan de Jongh touches down.
Edwards scores for Bristol.
Thacker scores his first.
A second for Thacker.

4 minsTRY5-0 – Sloppy start from Bristol, as Ross Neal shakes off two tacklers to score on his Premiership debut after Sopoaga returned a kick. Conversion missed.

7 minsTRY12-0 – Double blow for the visitors, as Juan de Jongh collects Josh Bassett’s offload to dive over unopposed for Wasps' second try. Sopoaga converts.

15 minsTRY12-7 - Strong carry from the base from Nick Haining puts Bristol on the front foot, and with penalty advantage, Charles Piutau’s sensational offload puts Ryan Edwards in the corner. Sheedy converts.

24 minsPEN15-7 – Wasps turn the screw in the Bristol 22 and Sopoaga lands a penalty after visitors are penalised for offside.

36 minsPEN18-7 – Bristol penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown and Sopoaga lands his second penalty of the afternoon.

38 mins – Let off for Bristol Bears as Bassett is hauled down inches short by a superb cover tackle from Luke Morahan.

HT: Wasps 18-7 Bristol Bears

 

46 minsTRY25-7 – Wasps in the ascendency again, as James Gaskell sprints over from 30 metres after break and offload from Ben Morris. Sopoaga converts again.

47 minsTRY32-7 – Bonus-point secure for Wasps, as debutant Ross Neal crosses for his second after slick offload from Hampson on the short side. Sopoaga converts.

57 minsTRY32-14 - Superb work from Luke Morahan, who breaks free when returning a kick, and after linking up with Sheedy, Harry Thacker bundles over from close range. Madigan converts.

61 minsTRY32-21 - A second for Harry Thacker courtesy of a fine driving lineout from Bristol, who get themselves within striking distance. Madigan converts.

72 minsTRY32-28 – It's a remarkable hat-trick for Thacker inside 25 minutes, touching down from another driving maul in the Wasps 22. Madigan converts and it's a four-point game.

80 mins – O’Conor ushered into touch to end a pulsating Premiership clash at the Ricoh Arena.

FT: Wasps 32-28 Bristol Bears


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