• Gallagher Premiership
  • Friday, September 17th 2021
  • Ashton Gate
Club Badge Bristol Bears 9
Club Badge Saracens 26

Match Report

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter reports from Ashton Gate

Posted Friday, September 17th 2021

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Report: Bristol Bears 9-26 Saracens

Seven penalties from the boot of Alex Lozowski and Alex Lewington's late try condemned the Bears to an opening day defeat to Saracens at Ashton Gate.

Three penalties apiece from Callum Sheedy and Saracens fly-half Lozowski sent the sides into the break at nine apiece, with the Bears coming closest to breaking the deadlock through Ioan Lloyd following a dazzling step and break from the imperious Charles Piutau.ย 

Three more Lozowski penalties early in the second half fired the visitors into a nine-point lead - and when the Saracens number ten landed a seventh 15 minutes from time, the Bears were left with a mountain to climb.

Lam's men stepped up a gear and came close through Vui and Thacker, but at the other end, Saracens landed the knockout blow nine minutes from time, when the outstanding Lozowski's perfectly weighted kick was collected by a sliding Lewington in the right-hand corner.


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Pat Lam reaction


Steven Luatua reaction


Bristol Bears

Tries:
Conversions
Penalties:
Sheedy (3)
Yellow Cards:

Saracens

Tries:
Lewington
Conversions:
Penalties:
Lozowski (7)
Yellow Cards:
  • KO: 7:45PM
  • Att: 0
  • Venue: Ashton Gate
  • Ref: Wayne Barnes

Bristol Bears

  • Charles Piutau
  • Niyi Adeolokun
  • Piers O'Conor
  • Alapati Leiua
  • Ioan Lloyd
  • Callum Sheedy
  • Andy Uren
  • Jake Woolmore
  • Harry Thacker
  • Max Lahiff
  • Ed Holmes
  • Chris Vui
  • Steven Luatua
  • Daniel Thomas
  • Nathan Hughes

Substitutes

  • Will Capon
  • Yann Thomas
  • Jake Armstrong
  • Dave Attwood
  • Jake Heenan
  • Harry Randall
  • Sam Bedlow
  • Jack Bates

Saracens

  • Elliot Obatoyinbo
  • Alex Lewington
  • Dominic Morris
  • Nick Tompkins
  • Rotimi Segun
  • Alex Lozowski
  • Aled Davies
  • Ralph Adams-Hale
  • Tom Woolstencroft
  • Marco Riccioni
  • Nick Isiekwe
  • Tim Swinson
  • Jackson Wray
  • Ben Earl
  • Billy Vunipola

Substitutes

  • Kapeli Pifeleti
  • Richard Barrington
  • Alec Clarey
  • Callum Hunter-Hill
  • Sean Reffell
  • Joe Simpson
  • Manu Vunipola
  • Ben Harris

Match Overview

Scorers

Bristol Bears

  • Sheedy (3)

Saracens

  • Lewington
  • ,
  • Lozowski (7)

Line Up

Bristol Bears

  • Piutau
  • ,
  • Adeolokun
  • ,
  • O'Conor
  • ,
  • Leiua
  • ,
  • Lloyd
  • ,
  • Sheedy
  • ,
  • Uren
  • ,
  • Woolmore
  • ,
  • Thacker
  • ,
  • Lahiff
  • ,
  • Holmes
  • ,
  • Vui
  • ,
  • Luatua
  • ,
  • Thomas
  • ,
  • Hughes
  • ,
  • Capon
  • ,
  • Thomas
  • ,
  • Armstrong
  • ,
  • Attwood
  • ,
  • Heenan
  • ,
  • Randall
  • ,
  • Bedlow
  • ,
  • Bates

Saracens

  • Obatoyinbo
  • ,
  • Lewington
  • ,
  • Morris
  • ,
  • Tompkins
  • ,
  • Segun
  • ,
  • Lozowski
  • ,
  • Davies
  • ,
  • Adams-Hale
  • ,
  • Woolstencroft
  • ,
  • Riccioni
  • ,
  • Isiekwe
  • ,
  • Swinson
  • ,
  • Wray
  • ,
  • Earl
  • ,
  • Vunipola
  • ,
  • Pifeleti
  • ,
  • Barrington
  • ,
  • Clarey
  • ,
  • Hunter-Hill
  • ,
  • Reffell
  • ,
  • Simpson
  • ,
  • Vunipola
  • ,
  • Harris