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Posted Saturday, January 15th 2022

Report: Bristol Bears U18s 36-31 Saracens U18s

Ed Harvey's last-gasp try saw Bears U18s snatch a dramatic victory over Saracens U18s at Shaftesbury Park on Saturday.


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In a thrilling end-to-end clash, Miles Langley's try eight minutes from time looked to have earned an impressive win for the Bears, before Saracens hit back to go the length of the field and edge their way in front in the closing stages. 

But Sam Worsley's pinpoint kick took the final play inside the Saracens 22, and after a well executed lineout drive, Harvey crashed over with Worsley's conversion ensuring the Bears' unbeaten start to the season would continue.


What happened?

In a blistering opening period, Lucas Berti-Newman's quick-fire double fired the Bears into a commanding 14-0 lead, as the centre played a delightful one-two with Isaac Campbell Wu to cross for his first, before applying the finishing touches to Aaron Tull's powerful surge downfield. 

But Saracens hit back with three tries in 15 minutes to turn the game on its head and take a 14-19 lead into the half-time break.

It was all square early in the second period when Worsley's cross-field kick picked out Gabe Lacey, who linked superbly with Charlie Cox, with the flanker flying over for his side's third. 

Worsley's penalty edged the Bears in front midway through the second period, but Saracen's fourth of the afternoon pegged them back again.

This topsy-turvy encounter continued on its merry way when Miles Langley finished another driving lineout from the Bears, only for Saracens to storm the length of the field to restore their two-point lead.

But with time ticking away, Worlsey's penalty gave his side the perfect platform and Harvey did the rest to earn a dramatic bonus-point win.

Bristol Bears U18s to face Saracens U18s at Shaftesbury Park on Saturday, Jan 15th (1.30pm KO):

15. Sami Hamid, 14. Gabe Lacey, 13. Isaac Campbell Wu, 12. Lucas Berti, 11. Tom Ormsby, 10. Henry Hawkins, 9. Rhys Price; 1. Louis Trevett, 2. James Randall, 3. Jimmy Halliwell, 4. Ollie Thraves, 5. Paddy Pearce, 6. Aaron Tull (c), 7. Charlie Cox, 8. Ed Harvey.

16. George Davey, 17. Billy Marsden, 18. Jimmy Halliwell, 19. Miles Langley, 20. Archie Prewett, 21. Pete Carter, 22. Sam Worsley, 23. Jake Smith.


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