Bristol relegated from Aviva Premiership after 21-36 defeat to Wasps

Bristol are set to drop into the second tier
Bristol are set to drop into the second tier
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Bristol Rugby 21 - 36 Wasps, Ashton Gate

Bristol Rugby's promotion to the Aviva Premiership ended fruitless as they now face an relegation from the top league with two more games left following their 21-36 defeat to table toppers Wasps at Ashton Gate on Sunday.

Jason Woodward got Bristol off the mark with a second minute try while Gavin Henson added the conversion to take a 7-0 lead. England international Elliot Daly had a chance to get Wasps off the mark but missed a drop goal in the 13th minute.

However, Dai Young's men scored two tries between 15th and 19th minute through Josh Bassett and Tommy Taylor while Jimmy Gopperth added conversions on both the occasions to make it 7-14 in favour of the visitors.

As Billy Searle missed a drop goal for the hosts, Joe Simpson's try at the stroke of half time ensured Wasps ended the first half strong with a 7-21 lead.

Wasps pressed on the advantage in the second half with Christian Wade scoring a try on his 100th appearance and was followed by touchdowns from Guy Thompson and Bassett.

Even though, tries from Jack O'Connell and Nick Fenton-Wells gave Bristol a glimmer of a hope, they succumbed to a 15 point defeat. Wasps continued to top the table with 79 points from 20 matches while Bristol are relegated after managing just three wins this season.

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