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Report: Harlequins 59-21 Bristol Bears 'A'

Bristol Bears ‘A’ suffered their first defeat in the Premiership Shield, going down 59-21 to Harlequins on Monday night.

The visitors led until the hour mark as Jack Tovey, Sam Bedlow and Nick Fenton-Wells all crossed, but Bristol were sunk by a second half flurry of tries.

Sean Marsden’s men raced into an early lead when Jack Tovey latched onto Matt Welsh’s superb offload to slide over for a converted score.

Quins hit back almost immediately through Jack Musk, who capitalised on an error at the lineout to touch down from close range.

In a lively first period, the Bears regained the advantage when Sam Bedlow crossed the whitewash following a Tom Pincus solo break.

The hosts levelled proceedings once again at 14-14 as Alex Dombrandt finished off a slick attacking move before the interval.

Joe Batley’s barnstorming result gave Bristol a penalty opportunity early in the second period, but Tom Pincus directed his effort right of the target.

The visitors did edge back ahead courtesy of Nick Fenton-Wells’ finish from the back of a driving lineout but, once again, Quins responded shortly after through Gabriel Ibitoye.

A breathless encounter saw Harlequins take the ascendancy for the first time in the game when Daniel Hobbs-Awoyemi rumbled over from five metres for a converted score, pushing his side 28-21 ahead.

And the home side built a commanding advantage as Samoan international Alofa Alofa seized the initiative from the overlap to canter over in the corner.

Replacement Niall Saunders dabbed down under the posts ten minutes from time to stretch Harlequins’ lead to 42-21, before Harry Barlow, Dombrandt and Semi Kunutani added further tries for the West London outfit before the final whistle.

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