Bristol Rugby 28-15 Harlequins, Ashton Gate
Bristol Bears went on to register their fifth consecutive victory in the ongoing Gallagher Premiership as they defeated Harlequins 28-15 at Ashton Gate.
This is also first time in the history of the competition Bristol have recorded five consecutive victories in the Premiership as they are at third place in the table with 38 points while Harlequins have slipped to seventh place with 28 points.
It took Bristol just 47 seconds to score the opening try as Steven Luatua sent a perfect pass for Luke Morahan to dive over the line and Callum Sheedy kicked the conversion.
As Brett Herron and Sheedy traded penalties, the gap between the teams remained at seven points in the opening 10 minutes. Danny Care helped the visitors breach the defence of Bristol as he set up Aaron Morris to crossover but their effort was negated as Morahan with his second at the stroke of the first quarter ensured the scoreline became 15-8.
Sheedy further increased the home side's lead before Chris Vui dotted down with six minutes before the break to make it 25-8 before Pat Lam's side lost Henry Purdy to sin-bin at the stroke of half-time. Herron had a tough outing as contrast to Sheedy as he missed two of his three kicks at goal before was replaced by Marcus Smith at the start of the second half.
Sheedy stretched Bristol's lead to 20 points with an early penalty goal in the second half leaving the Quins in desperate search of points. Gabriel Ibitoye's try with seven minutes left in the game gave Quins some hope but it went in vain as they succumbed to a 13-point defeat.
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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