• Gallagher Premiership
  • Friday, October 1st 2021
  • Ashton Gate
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Match Report

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter reports from Ashton Gate

Posted Saturday, October 2nd 2021

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Report: Bristol Bears 25-20 Bath Rugby

A dogged and determined second half performance lifted Bristol Bears to a first Gallagher Premiership win of the season - and a fifth successive victory over their West Country rivals - on a breathless night at Ashton Gate.

Pat Lam’s men found themselves behind at the break, despite Steven Luatua’s sensational solo score on 32 minutes, dummying and slaloming inside the drifting Bath defence and applying a flying finish in front of the Atyeo Stand.

Bath though, had enjoyed the lion's share of possession and territory during a helter-skelter opening period and capitalised with tries from Will Muir and Semesa Rokodoguni, together with a penalty from the boot of Orlando Bailey, giving the visitors a seven-point lead at the interval.

A second Callum Sheedy penalty reduced the deficit early in the second half, before Muir’s second, beautifully assisted by Max Ojomah and Bailey, opened up a commanding nine-point lead and had Bath on course for a famous win on the road.

But the Bears hit back with a vengeance, rumbling over the whitewash from a driving lineout and giving referee Ian Tempest no choice but to award a penalty try and send Tom Ellis to the sin bin.

Ten minutes later, it was more of the same. Jake Kerr's neat interchange with Andy Uren on the fringes saw his surge towards the line cut down inches short, and although his roll and reach enabled a smooth touchdown, the try disallowed for a double movement and Tom Dunn became the second Bath player to be sent to the sin bin. But the replacement Bears hooker wasn't top be denied a second time - another powerful surge from the pack and it was Kerr who emerged through the melee to edge the Bears in front, with Sheedy landing a crucial conversion as we entered the closing stages.

With time ticking away, one final lineout surge gave Bath a platform to snatch victory, but when the five-metre maul was expertly repelled by the Bears pack, Lam's men were off the mark in the Gallagher Premiership.

Bristol: Piutau; Lloyd, O'Conor, Bedlow (Leiua 77), Purdy; Sheedy, Randall (Uren 60); Thomas (Woolmore 71), Capon (Kerr 40), Sinckler (Lahiff 70), Holmes, Joyce (D Thomas 55), Vui, Heenan, Luatua (c). Replacements: Kerr, Woolmore, Lahiff, Harding, Thomas, Uren, Frisch, Leiua.

Bath: De Glanville; Rokoduguni, Joseph, Ojomoh, Muir; Bailey, Fox; Obano, Du Toit, Stuart, McNally, Ewels (c), Ellis, Underhill, Bayliss. Replacements: Dunn, Boyce, Rae, Williams, Reid, Green, Clark, Watson.



Pat Lam reaction


Steven Luatua reaction


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Bristol Bears

Tries:
Luatua, Kerr
Conversions
Sheedy
Penalties:
Sheedy (2)
Yellow Cards:

Bath Rugby

Tries:
Rokoduguni, Muir (2)
Conversions:
Bailey
Penalties:
Bailey
Yellow Cards:
Ellis, Dunn
  • KO: 7:45PM
  • Att: 0
  • Venue: Ashton Gate
  • Ref: Ian Tempest

Bristol Bears

  • Charles Piutau
  • Ioan Lloyd
  • Piers O'Conor
  • Sam Bedlow
  • Henry Purdy
  • Callum Sheedy
  • Harry Randall
  • Yann Thomas
  • Will Capon
  • Kyle Sinckler
  • Ed Holmes
  • Joe Joyce
  • Chris Vui
  • Jake Heenan
  • Steven Luatua

Substitutes

  • Jake Kerr
  • Jake Woolmore
  • Max Lahiff
  • Fitz Harding
  • Daniel Thomas
  • Andy Uren
  • Antoine Frisch
  • Alapati Leiua

Bath Rugby

  • Tom de Glanville
  • Semesa Rokoduguni
  • Jonathan Joseph
  • Max Ojomoh
  • William Muir
  • Orlando Bailey
  • Ollie Fox
  • Beno Obano
  • Jacques du Toit
  • Will Stuart
  • Josh McNally
  • Charlie Ewels
  • Tom Ellis
  • Sam Underhill
  • Josh Bayliss

Substitutes

  • Tom Dunn
  • Lewis Boyce
  • D'Arcy Rae
  • Mike Williams
  • Miles Reid
  • Max Green
  • Max Clark
  • Anthony Watson

Match Overview

Scorers

Bristol Bears

  • Sheedy (2)
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  • Luatua
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  • Kerr

Bath Rugby

  • Rokoduguni
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  • Muir
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  • Bailey (1)

Yellow Cards

Bath Rugby

  • Ellis
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  • Dunn

Line Up

Bristol Bears

  • Piutau
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  • Lloyd
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  • O'Conor
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  • Bedlow
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  • Purdy
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  • Sheedy
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  • Randall
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  • Thomas
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  • Capon
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  • Sinckler
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  • Holmes
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  • Joyce
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  • Vui
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  • Heenan
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  • Luatua
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  • Kerr
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  • Woolmore
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  • Lahiff
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  • Harding
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  • Thomas
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  • Uren
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  • Frisch
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  • Leiua

Bath Rugby

  • de Glanville
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  • Rokoduguni
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  • Joseph
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  • Ojomoh
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  • Muir
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  • Bailey
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  • Fox
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  • Obano
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  • du Toit
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  • Stuart
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  • McNally
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  • Ewels
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  • Ellis
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  • Underhill
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  • Bayliss
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  • Dunn
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  • Boyce
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  • Rae
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  • Williams
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  • Reid
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  • Green
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  • Clark
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  • Watson