Will Safe’s dramatic late try completed an enthralling Gloucester United comeback as they defeated Bristol United 36-33 in the Premiership Rugby A League.
Bristol raced into an early lead courtesy of George Perkins as he capitalised on a fine break from former Gloucester man Mat Protheroe.
It got even better for the hosts when academy hooker Nick Freeman dotted down following a well-worked set piece, pushing Bristol into a commanding 19-0 lead.
Alex Morgan pulled one back but Perkins then crossed for his second of the afternoon as Bristol went in 26-5 up at the break.
Gloucester were keen to make amends for a frustrating first 40 and an incisive break from Carwyn Penny found Aaron Hinckley who bundled over to reduce the deficit.
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All their hard work at the start of the second half was undone as they lost possession in their own 22; allowing James Newey to capitalise and cross the whitewash.
But the Cherry and Whites were not down and out and Cameron Orr’s powerful run allowed him to muscle over the line.
Bristol were wobbling and their ill-discipline swung the match in Gloucester’s favour as James Dun and Aaron Chapman both saw yellow to reduce the home side to just 13 men.
Orr then bundled over for his second of the afternoon to set up a tense last ten minutes with the score at 33-29.
Gloucester were in the ascendancy and Gareth Evans went agonisingly close before Safe was able to burrow over deep into injury time as Evans converted to seal a enthralling victory.
The win puts Gloucester second in the Southern Conference table and three points behind Exeter Braves, who have won all four of their matches so far.