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Bristol Bears secure derby victory over Bath Rugby

Bristol Bears 17 v Bath Rugby 10

Bristol Bears secured an opening day victory with a 17-10 triumph over Bath Rugby in front of a capacity crowd at Ashton Gate.

The first points of the match came in the eighth minute, as the Blue, Black and White were penalised for collapsing the Bristol maul. The hosts signalled for the sticks and Ian Madigan slotted the kick to give his side an early lead. [3-0]

Bath came within a whisker of a try seven minutes later after a flowing move from Tom Homer started on the halfway line. The full-back offloaded to Sam Underhill, with Taulupe Faletau gaining further ground into the opposition 22. Following several phases, the ball was offloaded to Priestland, who put Homer across the line. However, after intervention from the TMO, he was adjudged to have lost the ball in grounding.

The Bears were next on the attack, as winger Luke Morahan made a clean break through the Bath defence with a try looking a certainty. However, the winger was halted in his tracks by the back-tracking Joe Cokanasiga, who stepped in to make a try-saving tackle.

Bristol continued to pile the pressure on the Bath defence, and were rewarded for their efforts with another three points from the boot of Madigan, which gave the home side a six-point advantage going into the half-time interval. [6-0]

Half-time - Bristol Bears 6-0 Bath Rugby

Two minutes into the second-half, Bristol added another three points through the prolific Madigan, who extended their lead. [9-0]

Bath hit back 10 minutes later following strong work from Zach Mercer, who jinked his way into the Bristol 22. The ball was fired out quickly to Priestland, who found Homer at pace, and the full-back crossed the whitewash for Bath’s first score of the evening. Priestland converted to reduce the deficit to just two points. [9-7]

Bath started to take control of proceedings, as they tested the resolve of the dogged Bristol defence. A powerful drive at the scrum led to a try scoring opportunity, which was stopped abruptly by a deliberate knock-on by Tusi Pisi. Referee JP Doyle had no option but to send the centre to the sin-bin.

The visitors took the lead for the first time in the match on the 63rd minute. Bristol were penalised on their 10 metre line and Priestland opted for the kick at goal. The kick was successful and Bath moved in front on the scoreboard for the first time in the game. [9-10]

Bristol retook the lead five minutes later, as Bath were penalised for not releasing at the breakdown. Madigan stepped up once again to give his side a two-point lead going into the final 10 minutes.

The killer blow was landed in the 72nd minute, with Morahan causing havoc in the Bath defence once again. The winger found the juggling Alapati Leiua, who managed to grasp the ball at the second time of asking to score in the corner. [17-10]

Bath continued to look for that all important score, but were unable to bypass a well-drilled Bristol defence. Attention now turns to next Saturday’s derby, with Bath Rugby hosting Gloucester Rugby back at the Rec.

Full-time - Bristol Bears 17-10 Bath Rugby

 

Match details

Ashton Gate
Gallagher Premiership
31 August 2018
KO 19:45

Attendance: 26,079
Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 6-0

Bristol:
Tries: Leiua (71)
Penalties: Madigan (8, 28, 42, 67)
Bath:
Tries: Homer (51)
Conversions: Priestland (53)
Penalties: Priestland (62)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bristol and Bath.

9'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 3 - 0 Bath

Ian Madigan kicks a penalty goal for Bristol.

29'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 6 - 0 Bath

Ian Madigan kicks a penalty goal for Bristol.

33'

Substitution

Ryan Edwards replaces Luke Daniels for Bristol.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bristol 6 - 0 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

43'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 9 - 0 Bath

Ian Madigan kicks a penalty goal for Bristol.

44'

Substitution

Jack Lam replaces Jordan Crane for Bristol.

52'

Try for Bath! Bristol 9 - 5 Bath

Tom Homer scores for Bath.

54'

Conversion! Bristol 9 - 7 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Jack Walker for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Andy Uren replaces Nic Stirzaker for Bristol.

58'

Substitution

Joe Latta replaces Christopher Vui for Bristol.

59'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Harry Thacker for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Shaun Malton replaces Harry Thacker for Bristol.

59'

Substitution

Francois Louw replaces Sam Underhill for Bath.

60'

Yellow Card!

Bristol lose Tusi Pisi for ten minutes.

63'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 9 - 10 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Jake Woolmore replaces Yann Thomas for Bristol.

64'

Substitution

Jake Armstrong replaces John Afoa for Bristol.

64'

Substitution

Anthony Perenise replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

68'

Penalty Goal! Bristol 12 - 10 Bath

Ian Madigan kicks a penalty goal for Bristol.

69'

Substitution

Will Vaughan replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Aled Brew replaces Joe Cokanasiga for Bath.

72'

Try for Bristol! Bristol 17 - 10 Bath

Alapati Leiua scores for Bristol.

74'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Max Green replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

77'

Substitution

Callum Sheedy replaces Ryan Edwards for Bristol.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bristol.

Final score: Bristol 17 - 10 Bath.

Bristol Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Ian Madigan004012
Alapati Leiua10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland01105
Tom Homer10005
Bristol v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PYann
Thomas
1Nathan
Catt
P    
    HHarry
Thacker
2Jack
Walker
H    
    PJohn
Afoa
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LEd
Holmes
4Dave
Attwood
L    
    LChristopher
Vui
5Matt
Garvey
L    
    FLSteven
Luatua
6Zach
Mercer
FL    
    FLGeorge
Smith
7Sam
Underhill
FL    
    8Jordan
Crane
8Taulupe
Faletau
8    
    SHNic
Stirzaker
9Chris
Cook
SH    
4   FHIan
Madigan
10Rhys
Priestland
FH 1 1
   1WAlapati
Leiua
11Joe
Cokanasiga
W    
    CTusi
Pisi
12Jamie
Roberts
C    
    CWill
Hurrell
13Jackson
Willison
C    
    WLuke
Morahan
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBLuke
Daniels
15Tom
Homer
FB1   
Replacements
    RHShaun
Malton
16Tom
Dunn
RH    
    RPJake
Woolmore
17Will
Vaughan
RP    
    RPJake
Armstrong
18Anthony
Perenise
RP    
    RLJoe
Latta
19Elliott
Stooke
RH    
    R8Jack
Lam
20Francois
Louw
RFL    
    RSHAndy
Uren
21Max
Green
RSH    
    RCallum
Sheedy
22Freddie
Burns
RFH    
    RFBRyan
Edwards
23Aled
Brew
RW