Bristol maintain third place with 13-19 win over Bath Rugby

Callum Sheedy kicked two conversions
Callum Sheedy kicked two conversions
©Steve Haag

Bath Bears 13-19 Bristol Rugby, Recreation Ground

Bristol Bears registered their first win at Recreation Ground in 14 years as they edged out Bath Rugby 13-19 in their Gallagher Premiership face-off on Sunday.

This is Bristol's seventh win from 12 games as they occupy the third place in the Gallagher Premiership table while Bath are at fifth place.

Bristol made a terrific start with Chris Vui touching down in the fifth minute following a pass from Luke Morahan. The home side responded back with a penalty kick from Rhys Priestland that reduced the arrears.

Pat Lam's side increased the lead further when a dummy kick from Callum Sheedy was capitalised by Alapati Leiua in the 17th minute while the fly-half improved to make it 3-12.

The home side suffered a setback with Joe Joyce sin-binned in the 27th minute and even though the home side failed to make use of the numerical advantage, they managed to reduce the arrears with Priestland's three-pointer at the stroke of half-time.

Bath defence kept them at good stead after the break as Tom Homer had a try-saving tackle on Morahan. The start of the final quarter saw Harry Randall dot down to take Bristol's tally to 19 points but Will Chudley's try in the 65th minute kept Bath's deficit to six points.

Sheedy missed a penalty goal with 10 minutes but they managed on to complete a six-point victory.

Premiership Rugby - Points Table


Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the 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?

At Talking Rugby Union, we aim to provide match reports and news together with our specially commissioned features and interviews.