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Bristol Bears seal derby victory with clinical second-half display

Bristol Bears 43 v Bath Rugby 16

A clinical second-half showing from Bristol Bears secured a 43-16 victory over Bath Rugby in the Gallagher Premiership opener at Ashton Gate.

Bristol Bears made their intentions known from the start with a try inside the first few minutes of the game. A powerful run from Nathan Hughes set up the platform for quick ball inside the 22. Play was recycled wide to Charles Piutau, who used his footwork to offload to Luke Morahan, with the winger going over in the corner. [5-0]

Bath got on the board immediately after the restart, with Rhys Priestland slotting a penalty following a Bristol infringement. [5-3]

Bristol added a second on 12 minutes, with Piutau the provider once again as the full-back made a clean line break before offloading to Hughes to finish under the posts. Callum Sheedy added the extra points. [12-3]

The visitors continued to rally and edged closer on the scoreboard with a second penalty of the evening from Priestland to reduce the deficit to six points. [12-6]

Bath got their first try of the evening with less than 15 minutes to play in the half courtesy of some quick thinking from Aled Brew. After stealing the line-out, Brew hacked forward into the Bristol 22. The chase from Max Clark put the retreating Bristol defence under pressure, as the centre marshalled Mat Protheroe to touch deep inside the 22. The driving maul, which had been a big asset over the last four weeks paid dividends once again, as Zach Mercer peeled away from the back to power over from close range. Priestland added the extras to put Bath in the lead. [12-13]

With the clock ticking into the red, Bristol has the final say of the half, using the numbers out wide to put Protheroe through in the corner. Sheedy missed the resulting conversion, with Bristol four points ahead at the interval.

Half-time – Bristol Bears 17-13 Bath Rugby 

Both sides began the second-half as they did the first, with raw power and intensity, but it was Bristol who mounted scoring opportunities in the Bath 22. However, some resilient defence from the likes of Beno Obano, Tom Dunn and Mike Williams kept the Bristol attack at bay in the first 10 minutes of the second half.  

It was the home side, who added further ground on the scoreboard with a counter attacking move finished by Piers O’Conor. A length of the field breakaway saw Hughes combine with O’Conor out wide, to provide a simple finish for the centre. [24-13]

Bath hit back immediately with another Priestland penalty, to put his side within eight points. [24-16]

With 14 minutes to go, replacement Lewis Boyce was shown a yellow card for a high tackle, whilst defending his own line. With the man advantage, Bristol went for touch and John Afoa was on hand to go over from the rolling maul in the corner. [31-16]

Bristol sealed the victory three minutes from time, as the home side moved the ball from left to right, with Ioan Lloyd on hand to cross the whitewash. [36-16]

An overlap in the Bath 22 created one final score for Pat Lam’s side, with Luke Morahan the beneficiary, as the Australian crossed in the corner.

Bath return to action next Friday, with Exeter Chiefs the visitors to the Rec.

Full-time – Bristol Bears 43-16 Bath Rugby  

Match details

Ashton Gate
Gallagher Premiership
18 October 2019
KO 19:45

Attendance: 26,339
Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 17-13

Bristol:
Tries: Morahan (1, 79), Hughes (11), Protheroe (41), O'Conor (51), Afoa (65), Lloyd (77)
Conversions: Sheedy (12, 51, 66), Lloyd (81)
Bath:
Tries: Mercer (26)
Conversions: Priestland (27)
Penalties: Priestland (5, 18, 54)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bristol and Bath.

2'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 5 - 0 Bath

Luke Morahan scores for Bristol.

6'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 5 - 3 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

12'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 10 - 3 Bath

Nathan Hughes scores for Bristol.

13'

Conversion! Bristol 12 - 3 Bath

Callum Sheedy with a conversion for Bristol.

19'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 12 - 6 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

27'

Try for Bath! Bristol 12 - 11 Bath

Zach Mercer scores for Bath.

28'

Conversion! Bristol 12 - 13 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

42'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 17 - 13 Bath

Matt Protheroe scores for Bristol.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bristol 17 - 13 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

50'

Substitution

Lewis Boyce replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

52'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 22 - 13 Bath

Piers O'Conor scores for Bristol.

52'

Conversion! Bristol 24 - 13 Bath

Callum Sheedy with a conversion for Bristol.

53'

Substitution

Josh Bayliss replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Charlie Ewels for Bath.

55'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 24 - 16 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Harry Randall replaces Andy Uren for Bristol.

55'

Substitution

Chris Vui replaces Dave Attwood for Bristol.

55'

Substitution

Shaun Malton replaces Harry Thacker for Bristol.

55'

Substitution

Alapati Leiua replaces Matt Protheroe for Bristol.

60'

Substitution

Will Stuart replaces Christian Judge for Bath.

65'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Lewis Boyce for ten minutes.

66'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 29 - 16 Bath

John Afoa scores for Bristol.

67'

Conversion! Bristol 31 - 16 Bath

Callum Sheedy with a conversion for Bristol.

67'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Will Chudley for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Jamie Roberts replaces Max Wright for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Ioan Lloyd replaces Charles Piutau for Bristol.

68'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Zach Mercer for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces John Afoa for Bristol.

69'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces John Afoa for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Yann Thomas replaces Jake Woolmore for Bristol.

71'

Substitution

Jake Heenan replaces Steven Luatua for Bristol.

76'

Substitution

Zach Mercer replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

78'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 36 - 16 Bath

Ioan Lloyd scores for Bristol.

80'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 41 - 16 Bath

Luke Morahan scores for Bristol.

82'

Conversion! Bristol 43 - 16 Bath

Ioan Lloyd with a conversion for Bristol.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bristol.

Final score: Bristol 43 - 16 Bath.

Bristol Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Luke Morahan200010
Ioan Lloyd11007
Callum Sheedy03006
John Afoa10005
Nathan Hughes10005
Matt Protheroe10005
Piers O'Conor10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland013011
Zach Mercer10005
Bristol v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PJake
Woolmore
1Beno
Obano
P    
    HHarry
Thacker
2Tom
Dunn
H    
   1PJohn
Afoa
3Christian
Judge
P    
    LDave
Attwood
4Joshua
McNally
L    
    LJoe
Joyce
5Charlie
Ewels
L    
    FLSteven
Luatua
6Mike
Williams
FL    
    FLDaniel
Thomas
7Tom
Ellis
FL    
   18Nathan
Hughes
8Zach
Mercer
81   
    SHAndy
Uren
9Will
Chudley
SH    
  3 FHCallum
Sheedy
10Rhys
Priestland
FH 1 3
   1WMatt
Protheroe
11Levi
Davis
W    
    CWill
Hurrell
12Max
Wright
C    
   1CPiers
O'Conor
13Max
Clark
C    
   2WLuke
Morahan
14Aled
Brew
W    
    FBCharles
Piutau
15Tom
Homer
FB    
Replacements
    RHShaun
Malton
16Jack
Walker
RH    
    RPYann
Thomas
17Lewis
Boyce
RP    
    RPMax
Lahiff
18Will
Stuart
RP    
    RLChris
Vui
19Elliott
Stooke
RL    
    RFLJake
Heenan
20Josh
Bayliss
RFL    
    RSHHarry
Randall
21Chris
Cook
RSH    
  11RFBIoan
Lloyd
22Freddie
Burns
RP    
    RWAlapati
Leiua
23Jamie
Roberts
RC