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Report: Bristol Bears ‘A’ 33-14 Harlequins ‘A’

Tiff Eden kicked 18 points as Bristol Bears ‘A’ stormed to a 33-14 victory over Harlequins ‘A’ in the Premiership Rugby Shield on Monday night.

The fly half kicked four penalties and converted tries from Freddie Owsley, Chay Mullins and Max Clemenson, as the hosts built on a 16-14 half-time lead to record a first win of the season in the competition.


What happened?

Eden’s opening penalty got Bristol on the scoreboard on three minutes, before Quins grabbed the evening’s first try courtesy of Fijian international, Semi Kunatani.

Wing Owsley then showcased impressive pace to race clear of the Quins defence for his maiden try in Bristol colours, before Eden’s second and third successful kicks gave the hosts a 16-7 lead.

Quins struck on the stroke of half time through full back Louis Lynagh, with Bourton’s conversion making it a two-point game at the interval.

Eden registered his first miss of the evening from long range four minutes into the second period, but the fly half made amends three minutes later, stroking over a simple kick following another dominant Bristol scrum.

With nine minutes left to play and Bristol hammering away at the Quins line, scrum half Martin Landajo was shown a yellow card for a deliberate knock on.

The hosts took immediate advantage of the extra man, as Academy U18 back, Chay Mullins raced on to Nic Stirzaker’s kick ahead to score with his first touch.

And they landed the final blow late on, as Clemenson dummied and stepped his way to the line to seal an impressive victory for a young Bristol side.


Teams and scorers

Bristol Bears 'A':

15. Ioan Lloyd; 14. Toby Fricker, 13. Jack Bates, 12. Harry Ascherl, 11. Freddie Owsley; 10. Tiff Eden, 9. Nic Stirzaker; 1. Ollie Dawe, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. Jake Armstrong, 4. Charlie Rice (Academy U18s), 5. John Hawkins, 6. James Dun, 7. Jake Heenan (c), 8. Sam Graham.

Replacements: 16. George Kloska, 17. Tom Rowland, 18. Jay Burley (Thornbury RFC), 19. Tom Lindsay, 20. Max Clementson, 21. Blake Boyland, 22. Deago Bailey (Academy U18s), 23. Chay Mullins (Academy U18s).

Harlequins 'A':

15. Louis Lynagh, 14. Harry Barlow, 13. Luke Northmore, 12. Lennox Anyanwu, 11. Vereniki Goneva, 10. James Bourton, 9 Martin Landajo; 1. Louis Jones, 2. Rob Buchanan, 3. Kieran Sassone, 4. Toby Freeman, 5. Dino Lamb, 6. Semi Kunatani, 7. Archie White (c), 8. Renaldo Bothma.

Replacements: 16. Jack Musk, 17. Harry Challenor, 18. Nick Lovell, 19. Tom Windibank, 20. Will Trenholm, 21. Lloyd Wheeldon, 22. Oscar Beard, 23. Ollie Brown

Bristol Bears ‘A’: Tries: Owsley 19, Mullins 73, Clemenson 75. Cons: Eden 19, 73, 75. Pens: Eden 4, 24, 34, 47

Harlequins ‘A’: Tries: Kunatani 9, Lynagh 39. Cons: Bourton 9, 39. Yellow: Landajo 71


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