Former Springbok stand-off Braam van Straaten opened the scoring for the home side on four minutes, cooly slotting home a penalty and he doubled the Tykes’ lead quarter of an hour later with his second penalty.
Leeds continued to have the upper hand, Bristol’s Matt Salter penalised and sin-binned after deliberately taking out fullback Danny Scarborugh off the ball to halt a flowing Leeds attack. However, the home side got their reward soon after from the resulting line-out, Isaac Feaunati on hand to power over from the back of the maul to touch-down.
Van Straaten was unable to add the extras and soon after it was 14-men apiece as Leeds’ hooker Mark Regan also saw yellow from referee Ashley Rowden after infringing on the floor, Felipe Contempomi converting the penalty to get Bristol on the scoreboard.
However, Leeds continued to make most headway and a minute before half-time Scarbrough grabbed his sixth try in as many games, Van Straaten once again off target with the extras.
Bristol had a chance to narrow the gap seconds before the whistle, Leeds’ winger Diego Albanese with a great tackle to deny Bristol a seemingly certain score and even from a resulting penalty Contempomi pushed his effort wide for his second miss of the half, Leeds going in with a 16-3 lead.
Immediately after the break, Contempomi made amends for his earlier penalty misses nailing his second kick to cut the deficit to ten and when Leeds’ Cameron Mather became the third player sin-binned, much to the displeasure of the home crowd, Bristol were soon back in to the game as Alex Brown profited from some weak defence to go over for their first try.
The conversion from Contempomi saw Bristol to within three but five minutes later Van Straaten added another penalty to set up a six point lead mid-way through the second-half.
Contempomi missed another kick at goal and a drop-goal from Leeds’ Scottish three-quarter Gordon Ross eight minutes from time, and a third penalty from Van Straaten, sealed the win for the home side and kept Bristol rooted to the bottom of the table.
Leeds TykesTries: Feaunati, Scarbrough Pens: Van Straaten 3DGs: Ross
Bristol ShogunsTries: A BrownCons: ContepomiPens: Contepomi 2