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Match Reaction: Bristol Bears 28-24 Gloucester Rugby

Match Reaction: Bristol Bears 28-24 Gloucester Rugby

Bristol Bears recorded a first win over Gloucester Rugby since 2008 with a late penalty try at Ashton Gate.

Pat Lam’s side ran in three tries, with Dan Thomas and Andy Uren also crossing in the 28-24 victory.

Gloucester had their moments, with Jason Woodward, Tom Marshall and Ollie Thorley all scoring tries, but two yellow cards late on proved costly.

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Man of the Match – Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas made an immediate impact scoring a try after just 82 seconds. That came after great build-up work by Charles Piutau, Steven Luatau and Luke Daniels. However Thomas’ evening was far more than just that try. He was everywhere, most notably at the breakdown with one steal on the stroke of half-time crucial in the context of the game.

Moment of the Match

It has to be the winning try. Gloucester had just hit Bristol with two quick tries and the home side responded by getting up the other end. Woodward saw yellow for an intentional knock-on, and the hosts chose to kick for the corner. Almost every player got involved in the rolling maul that was eventually dragged down by Ed Slater. He was sin-binned, the penalty try was given and Bristol’s wait for a win over Gloucester came to an end.

Try of the Match

There were a number of contenders but the pick was scored by Andy Uren shortly after half-time. A loose Gloucester kick was collected by Luke Morahan and the winger casually carried the ball back. Spotting a gap, he turned on the afterburners and raced through before finding Piutau outside him. The full-back then fed Uren, who had the pace and power to hold off Danny Cipriani and reach for the line.

What they said

Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam: “I’m really proud of the boys because a win was what we’ve needed for a while. We’ve been playing some good rugby but we were killing ourselves by losing ball and making mistakes.

“We started extremely well, that’s what we aimed to do. We put a lot of energy into the game. You look at Gloucester and what they can bring and what they have done to Exeter and Saracens, it was all about the mental side. We had belief in our game and what brings it alive in the energy.”

Gloucester Rugby director of rugby Johann Ackermann: “Bristol was excellent and credit to them first of all. They scored two brilliant counter-attacking tries and that was the difference. We missed a number of opportunities we had ten turnovers in the first half alone, and we only had seven in the whole game last week. So we have to look at ourselves and our defensive side.”

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