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Posted Saturday, March 2nd 2019

‘I was there in 2006, so tonight was special’ – Uren

An emotional Andy Uren said he took inspiration from Jason Strange’s iconic 2006 drop-goal, after the scrum half created his own derby day history with a crucial try as Bristol Bears inflicted an historic league defeat on West Country rivals Gloucester.

A nine-year-old Uren watched from the Memorial Stadium terraces as Strange sunk the Cherry and Whites in November 2006. And the Academy graduate made his own mark on the fixture early in the second-half on Friday night, capitalising on Luke Morahan’s sweeping break and Charles Piutau’s deft offload, to fire Bristol to a first league victory over Gloucester in 11 years.

“I’m massively emotional," he said. "Funnily enough, I was actually at the Memorial Stadium when we beat Gloucester with Jason Strange’s drop goal. So, watching from the stands back then and now playing in the game and winning, it’s so pleasing for me and my family.

"Funnily enough, I was actually at the Memorial Stadium when we beat Gloucester with Jason Strange’s drop goal. So, watching from the stands back then and now playing in the game and winning, it’s so pleasing for me and my family."

Andy Uren, scrum half

“I was really happy with my performance and with the try, but Mozzer (Luke Morahan) went straight through and gave it Charles (Piutau), and then it was fairly easy for me to get in the corner. So, fair play to them for making it happen, I was just lucky to finish it off.”

Uren also paid tribute to the power and physicality of his side's defence, as well as the electric atmosphere at Ashton Gate, as Bristol withstood a late Gloucester surge to earn a fifth league win of the season.

“The forwards really stepped up tonight. They put some big shots in, as did the backs, and they really carried us over the line, especially when it came down to it at the end.

“The atmosphere was unbelievable – the last time we had an atmosphere like that was Bath and we won that as well. It really carried us there and we’re grateful for all of the support.

“We said at the start of the season that we wanted to be top six and now we’re only a few points away from it, so we’ll keep pushing for that.”