First half dominance leads Bristol Bears to 24-33 win over Gloucester

Harry Thacker was one of the try-scorer for Bristol Bears
Harry Thacker was one of the try-scorer for Bristol Bears

Gloucester Rugby 24-33 Bristol Bears, Kingsholm Stadium

Bristol Bears maintained their winning streak since the Premiership restart as they defeated Gloucester Rugby 24-33 at Kingsholm Stadium on Friday.

The win has helped Bristol consolidate their second position with 47 points while Gloucester are at eighth place after losing their 10th game.

It took just five minutes for Bristol to open their account when one of their Saracens loan signing Max Malins scored in the fifth minute following a pass from Semi Radradra.

Radradra was instrumental in setting up the second try as he breached Gloucester's defence and offloaded to Henry Purdy in the ninth minute and as the first quarter was about to end, Harry Thacker also touched down to make the scoreline 0-19.

Gloucester finally responded back in the 25th minute when Fraser Balmain scored in the 25th minute and Billy Twelvetrees improved it to make it 7-19 before Radradra and Chris Harris traded tries as the teams went into the break with a 14-26 scoreline.

Twelvetrees with an early penalty in the second half reduced the arrears for the Cherry and Whites but Earl also got his name on the scoring sheet and Callum Sheedy improved it to make the scoreline 17-33.

Replacement Stephen Varney scored Gloucester's third try with eight minutes left in the game but did not bother Pat Lam's side completed a nine-point win.

Bristol now will face table toppers Exeter Chiefs in the 16th round at Ashton Gate on 25th August while Gloucester will head to Allianz Park to lock horns with Saracens.

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