Harry Randall's late-try help Bristol secure draw against Zebre

Callum Sheedy kicked the decisive conversion
Callum Sheedy kicked the decisive conversion
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Zebre 7-7 Bristol Bears, Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi

Harry Randall scored the decisive try in the final minute while Callum Sheedy kicked a nerveless conversion as Bristol Bears sealed a 7-7 draw against Zebre in their European Rugby Challenge Cup face-off at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

The result also meant Bristol finished the group stage unbeaten as they finished at the top of Pool 4 to set up quarter-finals against Dragons at Ashton Gate while Zebre finish the competition with four defeats from six games.

Jimmy Tuivaiti provided Zebre with the advantage in the first half as he touched down in the 38th minute with Sheedy sin-binned for Bristol for attempting to prevent the number eight from scoring with a deliberate knock-on. Carlo Canna kicked the conversion as the home side managed a seven point lead in the first half.

As both the teams were desperate for points in the second half Zebre had to play the final 15 minutes with a player short as flanker Johan Meyer was red-carded and despite the setback the home side almost managed to hold on to their lead until the final minute when Randall rumbled over the line and Sheedy's conversion ensured the teams had to share the points.


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