- Gallagher Premiership
- Saturday, June 19th 2021
- Ashton Gate
Will Carpenter reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol Bears 36-43 Harlequins
Saturday, June 19th 2021
Bristol Bears squandered a 28-point lead to lose a mind-blowing Gallagher Premiership semi-final to Harlequins after extra time.
Max Malins’ double together with scores from Ben Earl and Luke Morahan saw the Bears storm into a commanding lead, before Alex Dombrandt’s try on the stroke of half-time gave Quins a glimmer of hope.
Three tries in 15 second-half minutes turned the game on its head as Quins clawed their way to within four points, and after Harry Randall’s try was disallowed for a forward pass on the hour mark, Joe Marchant went over with Marcus Smith’s conversion levelling the scores.
That took the tie to extra time, where Sheedy’s long-range penalty struck the post, before Tyrone Green completed a remarkable Quins fightback.
Beautiful flowing rugby! 😍— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) June 19, 2021
The timing of Max Malins offload, no wonder he was smiling! 😛
Excellent sweeping move from the @BristolBears to put Morahan in and over the line. 👏#GallagherPrem pic.twitter.com/6qc7Dx20fA
Malins completed his hat-trick to keep the Bears in touch, but Marchant’s second in the 100th minute of breath-taking contest broke Bristol hearts and sent Quins into a Twickenham final.
Bristol Bears: C Piutau (Lloyd 43); Morahan (O’Conor 61), Radradra, S Piutau (cc), Malins; Sheedy, Uren; Y Thomas (Woolmore 66), Thacker, Sinckler (Afoa 48), Attwood (Joyce 55), Vui, Luatua (cc) (Heenan 64), Earl, Hughes (Capon 66).
Replacements: Capon, Woolmore, Afoa, Joyce, Heenan, Randall, Lloyd, O'Conor.
Harlequins: Green; Lynagh, Marchant, Tapuai, Morris; Smith, Care; Marler, Baldwin, Louw, Symons, Lewies (c), Lawday, Kenningham, Dombrandt.
Replacements: Gray, Garcia Botta, Collier, Lamb, J Chisholm, Landajo, Lang, Northmore.
Bristol Bears: Tries: Earl 10, Malins 12, 19, 94, Morahan 29. Cons: Sheedy 29. Pens: Sheedy 5, 8, 64
Harlequins: Tries: Dombrandt 39, Green 43, 90, Chisholm 49, Lynagh 54, Marchant 76, 100. Cons: Smith 43, 49, 76, 90
Pat Lam reaction
- Morahan, Malins (3), Earl
- Sheedy (3)
- Yellow Cards:
- Green (2), Lynagh, Marchant (2), Dombrandt, Chisholm
- Smith (4)
- Yellow Cards: