Bath Rugby 26-19 Bristol Rugby, AJ Bell Stadium
Bath Rugby came up with a clinical performance as they reclaimed the sixth spot in the ongoing Gallagher Premiership with a 26-19 win over Bristol Bears at AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday.
Bristol are at ninth place with 37 points - which is eight more than bottom-placed Newcastle Falcons as they look to avoid relegation with the 19th round approaching.
Jonathan Joseph kick-started the proceedings with a second-minute try and Rhys Priestland converted it to make the scoreline 7-0. Bristol responded back with an eighth-minute penalty kick from Callum Sheedy but further tries from Jamie Roberts (10') and Joe Cokanasiga (22') meant the home side had control of the game early with a 19-3 lead.
Sheedy narrowed down the gap between the two teams to seven points with three penalty kicks as the teams finished the first half with a 19-12 scoreline.
Todd Blackadder's men went on to claim the bonus point in the 56th minute with a converted try from Priestland before Bears finally found a breakthrough with nine minutes to go as Dan Thomas dived over the line but that could not prevent Bristol from succumbing to their 12th defeat this season.
Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher Premiership.
12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.
The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?
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