• Gallagher Premiership
  • Saturday, June 19th 2021
  • Ashton Gate
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Match Report

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter reports from Ashton Gate

Posted Saturday, June 19th 2021

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Report: Bristol Bears 36-43 Harlequins

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.

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


Bristol

Tries:
Morahan, Malins (3), Earl
Conversions
Sheedy
Penalties:
Sheedy (3)
Yellow Cards:

Harlequins

Tries:
Green (2), Lynagh, Marchant (2), Dombrandt, Chisholm
Conversions:
Smith (4)
Penalties:
Yellow Cards:
  • KO: 1:30PM
  • Att: 0
  • Venue: Ashton Gate
  • Ref: Wayne Barnes

Bristol

  • Charles Piutau
  • Luke Morahan
  • Semi Radradra
  • Siale Piutau
  • Max Malins
  • Callum Sheedy
  • Andy Uren
  • Yann Thomas
  • Harry Thacker
  • Kyle Sinckler
  • Dave Attwood
  • Chris Vui
  • Steven Luatua
  • Ben Earl
  • Nathan Hughes

Substitutes

  • Will Capon
  • Jake Woolmore
  • John Afoa
  • Joe Joyce
  • Jake Heenan
  • Harry Randall
  • Ioan Lloyd
  • Piers O'Conor

Harlequins

  • Tyrone Green
  • Louis Lynagh
  • Joe Marchant
  • Ben Tapuai
  • Aaron Morris
  • Marcus Smith
  • Danny Care
  • Joe Marler
  • Scott Baldwin
  • Wilco Louw
  • Matt Symons
  • Stephan Lewies
  • Tom Lawday
  • Jack Kenningham
  • Alex Dombrandt

Substitutes

  • Joe Gray
  • Santiago Garcia Botta
  • Will Collier
  • Dino Lamb
  • James Chisholm
  • Martin Landajo
  • James Lang
  • Luke Northmore

Match Overview

Scorers

Bristol

  • Morahan
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  • Malins
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  • Sheedy (3)
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  • Earl

Harlequins

  • Green
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  • Lynagh
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  • Marchant
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  • Smith
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  • Dombrandt
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  • Chisholm

Line Up

Bristol

  • Piutau
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  • Morahan
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  • Radradra
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  • Piutau
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  • Malins
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  • Sheedy
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  • Uren
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  • Thomas
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  • Thacker
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  • Sinckler
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  • Attwood
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  • Vui
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  • Luatua
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  • Earl
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  • Hughes
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  • Capon
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  • Woolmore
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  • Afoa
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  • Joyce
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  • Heenan
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  • Randall
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  • Lloyd
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  • O'Conor

Harlequins

  • Green
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  • Lynagh
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  • Marchant
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  • Tapuai
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  • Morris
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  • Smith
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  • Care
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  • Marler
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  • Baldwin
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  • Louw
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  • Symons
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  • Lewies
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  • Lawday
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  • Kenningham
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  • Dombrandt
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  • Gray
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  • Garcia Botta
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  • Collier
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  • Lamb
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  • Chisholm
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  • Landajo
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  • Lang
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  • Northmore