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Report: Northampton Saints 45-31 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears fell to defeat at Franklin’s Gardens despite a second-half fightback that saw them pick up a consolation bonus-point.

Harry Thacker gave the Bears the perfect start with a fifth-minute try from a driving lineout, but Saints hit back to secure the bonus-point after 32 minutes.

Alex Mitchell bagged two tries along with one each from Ollie Sleightholme and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.

Matt Proctor got a fifth, Magnus Bradbury, Callum Sheedy and Thacker went over for the Bears before James Grayson and AJ MacGinty swapped tries, but it wasn’t enough for Pat Lam’s men.

Northampton Saints: Tries: Mitchell 14, 22, Sleightholme 30, Salakaia-Loto 34, Proctor 45, Grayson 69. Cons: Smith 14, 22, 30, 34, 45, Grayson 69. Pens: Smith 27. Yellow: Graham 78

Bristol Bears: Tries: Thacker 5, 68, Sheedy 55, Bradbury 62, MacGinty 79. Cons: Sheedy 5, 55, MacGinty 68

Northampton Saints: Hendy, Proctor, Dingwall (c), Hutchinson, Sleightholme, Smith, Mitchell; Iyogun, Haywood, Hill, Salakaia-Loto, Moon, Graham, Hinkley, Augustus,

Replacements: Matavesi, Waller, Petch, Nansen, Scott-Young, James, Grayson, Collins

Bristol Bears: Piutau, Morahan, O’Conor, Bedlow, Purdy, Sheedy, Uren; Woolmore, Thacker, Lahiff, Batley, Joyce (c), Bradbury, Lewis, Harding

Replacements: Capon, Y Thomas, Tyack, Vui, Heenan, Porter, MacGinty, Bates


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