Bristol stun Saracens with 23-21 win at Ashton Gate

Ian Madigan scored vital points for Bristol
Ian Madigan scored vital points for Bristol

Bristol Rugby 23-21 Saracens, Ashton Gate

Ian Madigan scored the decisive penalty in the closing stage as Bristol Rugby went on to edge out Saracens 23-21 in their Gallagher Premiership face-off at Ashton Gate.

This is also Bristol's first win over the Sarries since 2008 as they move to the ninth position with 41 points while Saracens remain at second with 68 points.

Tom Whiteley made an impact on his maiden start as he dotted down in the 9th minute and Alex Goode kicked the conversion to make it 0-7. The response from Bristol came through back to back penalties from Callum Sheedy in the 13th and 40th minutes as the teams headed into the break with a 6-7 scoreline.

Bristol had the momentum at the start of the second half with Matt Protheroe's break was made full use by Steven Luatua as he went over the line as Saracens called in for the reinforcements from Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje,

Pat Lam's side was reduced to 14-men temporarily when Harry Thacker was sin-binned in the 55th minute and immediately Marcelo Bosch scored to make the scoreline 13-14.

The difference between the two teams continued to remain at one point as Dan Thomas and Ralph Adams-Hale traded tries before Madigan scored the vital three-pointer in the added minutes to shock Mark McCall's side.

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