• Gallagher Premiership
  • Friday, April 22nd 2022
  • Ashton Gate
Club Badge Bristol Bears 29
Club Badge Gloucester Rugby 28

Match Report

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter reports from Ashton Gate

Posted Friday, April 22nd 2022

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Report: Bristol Bears 29-28 Gloucester Rugby

Toby Fricker's last-gasp try saw the Bears snatch a dramatic victory over Gloucester in an enthralling West Country derby at Ashton Gate.

The wing - back from a long-term chest injury - powered over in the corner for his second of the evening as Pat Lam's side overcame a Sam Bedlow red card to earn a bonus-point win in BS3. 

The Bears had roared into a 17-0 lead inside 10 minutes in front of a raucous Ashton Gate crowd, as Man of the Match Harry Thacker applied the finishing touches to a patient driving maul and scrum-half Andy Uren made the most of Steven Luatua's galloping break to deliver a dream start for the hosts.

Callum Sheedy added a penalty to further extend the lead, but Gloucester hit back with three tries in 13 minutes, as Charlie Chapman, Louis Rees-Zammit and Chris Harris turned the game on its head before the half-time interval.

Freddie Clarke then saw yellow a deliberate knock-on and the Bears took immediate advantage - Sam Bedlow's delicious offload locating Dan Thomas and the flanker was on hand to send Fricker over under the posts.

A helter-skelter derby clash took another turn when Bedlow was sent off for a high tackle on Adam Hastings - and when Jack Singleton bundled over late on to edge Gloucester in front, it looked as if the five points were heading to Kingsholm. 

But with two minutes remaining, Fricker collected Leiua's rushed pass to apply a sensational finish and snatch a dramatic win for the Bears.  

Bristol: Morahan, Fricker, O'Conor, Frisch, Leiua, Sheedy, Uren; Woolmore, Thacker, Afoa, Holmes, Vui, Luatua (c), Jeffries, Harding.

Replacements: Kerr, Benz-Salomon, Armstrong, Joyce, D. Thomas, Randall, Bedlow, Bates.

Gloucester: Carreras, Rees-Zammit, Harris, Atkinson, Thorley, Hastings, Chapman; Rapava-Ruskin, Socino, Balmain, Clarke, Alemanno, Reid, Ludlow (c), Ackermann.

Replacements: Singleton, Elrington, Ford-Robinson, Davidson, Morgan, Meehan, Twelvetrees, Seabrook.

Bristol Bears: Tries: Thacker 4, Uren 8, Fricker 67, 78. Cons: Sheedy 4, 8, 67. Pens: Sheedy 10. Red: Bedlow 69

Gloucester: Tries: Chapman 14, Rees-Zammit 23, Harris 27, Singleton 73. Cons: Hastings 14, 23, 27, 73. Yellow: Clark 66



Pat Lam reaction


Thatchers Pick of the Match


Bristol Bears

Tries:
Fricker (2), Uren, Thacker
Conversions
Sheedy (3)
Penalties:
Sheedy
Yellow Cards:
Red Cards:
Bedlow

Gloucester Rugby

Tries:
Rees-Zammit, Harris, Chapman, Singleton
Conversions:
Hastings (4)
Penalties:
Yellow Cards:
Clarke
Red Cards:
-
  • KO: 7:45PM
  • Att: 0
  • Venue: Ashton Gate
  • Ref: Ian Tempest

Bristol Bears

  • Luke Morahan
  • Toby Fricker
  • Piers O'Conor
  • Antoine Frisch
  • Alapati Leiua
  • Callum Sheedy
  • Andy Uren
  • Jake Woolmore
  • Harry Thacker
  • John Afoa
  • Ed Holmes
  • Chris Vui
  • Steven Luatua
  • Sam Jeffries
  • Fitz Harding

Substitutes

  • Jake Kerr
  • Jono Benz-Salomon
  • Jake Armstrong
  • Joe Joyce
  • Daniel Thomas
  • Harry Randall
  • Sam Bedlow
  • Jack Bates

Gloucester Rugby

  • Santiago Carreras
  • Louis Rees-Zammit
  • Chris Harris
  • Mark Atkinson
  • Ollie Thorley
  • Adam Hastings
  • Charlie Chapman
  • Val Rapava-Ruskin
  • Santiago Socino
  • Fraser Balmain
  • Freddie Clarke
  • Matias Alemanno
  • Jordy Reid
  • Lewis Ludlow
  • Ruan Ackermann

Substitutes

  • Jack Singleton
  • Harry Elrington
  • Jamal Ford-Robinson
  • Andrew Davidson
  • Ben Morgan
  • Ben Meehan
  • Billy Twelvetrees
  • Tom Seabrook

Match Overview

Scorers

Bristol Bears

  • Fricker
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  • Sheedy (1)
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  • Uren
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  • Thacker

Gloucester Rugby

  • Rees-Zammit
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  • Harris
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  • Hastings
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  • Chapman
  • ,
  • Singleton

Yellow Cards

Gloucester Rugby

  • Clarke

Red Cards

Bristol Bears

  • Bedlow

Line Up

Bristol Bears

  • Morahan
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  • Fricker
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  • O'Conor
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  • Frisch
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  • Leiua
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  • Sheedy
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  • Uren
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  • Woolmore
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  • Thacker
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  • Afoa
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  • Holmes
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  • Vui
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  • Luatua
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  • Jeffries
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  • Harding
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  • Kerr
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  • Benz-Salomon
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  • Armstrong
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  • Joyce
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  • Thomas
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  • Randall
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  • Bedlow
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  • Bates

Gloucester Rugby

  • Carreras
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  • Rees-Zammit
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  • Harris
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  • Atkinson
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  • Thorley
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  • Hastings
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  • Chapman
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  • Rapava-Ruskin
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  • Socino
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  • Balmain
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  • Clarke
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  • Alemanno
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  • Reid
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  • Ludlow
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  • Ackermann
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  • Singleton
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  • Elrington
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  • Ford-Robinson
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  • Davidson
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  • Morgan
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  • Meehan
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  • Twelvetrees
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  • Seabrook