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Gallery: Bristol Bears U18s 26-33 Bath Rugby U18s

Bristol Bears U18s were edged out 26-33 by Bath U18s at Shaftesbury Park on Saturday, in their first development game of the season.

The Bears were outscored by five tries to four, as Ewan Skuse, Macenzzie Duncan, Paddy Pearce and Joe Jenkins all touched down, with Jac Lloyd adding three conversions.

But three Bath tries early in the second half saw the visitors stretch ahead, with Jenkins late score not quite enough for the home side.

"It was great to see the lads back playing after a long period of time out,” said Senior Academy Manager, Gethin Watts.

“We were excellent in the first half, creating lots of opportunities, but we didn't convert enough of them, which despite being disappointing, is probably an indication of the fact that we haven't played a competitive game all year.

“All fairness to Bath, they were far more direct in the second half and that has certainly given us some things to work on whilst still maintaining our desire to play the Bears Way.

“We’re disappointed not to come away with a victory, but it was also great to see some of our U17s getting their first taste of rugby at this level and that will stand them in good stead for the rest of development games and into next part of their journey with the Bears.”

Bristol Bears U18s to face Bath Rugby at Shaftesbury Park:

15. Sam Worsley; 14. Gabe Lacey, 13. Joe Jenkins, 12. Dylan Power, 11. Euan Skuse; 10. Jac Lloyd, 9. JJ Williams; 1. Tom Sims, 2. Isaac Bell, 3. Jimmy Halliwell, 4. Edward Harvey, 5. Paddy Pearce, 6. Aaron Tull, 7. Jamie Collier (c), 8. Macenzzie Duncan.

System players: 16. Max Pullen, 17. Herbie McMullin, 18. Billy Moran, 19. Nick Payne, 20. Morgan Jones, 21. Archie Stapleton, 22. Ellis Davies, 23. Archie Grayson.

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