Match Centre: Gallagher Premiership: Gloucester 24-33 Bristol

Magnus Bradbury scored two tries for Bristol
Magnus Bradbury scored two tries for Bristol
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Gloucester Rugby 24-33 Bristol Bears, Kingsholm

Magnus Bradbury starred with a double as Bristol Bears edged out Gloucester Rugby 33-24 in the 14th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Kingsholm on Saturday.

Bristol now have secured their eighth win of the competition as they have moved to the sixth position in the table while Gloucester are languishing at the ninth place with 26 points.

Santiago Carreras missed an early penalty in the game but Gloucester soon got off the mark as Josh Hathaway collected his own kick breaching the defence of Bristol to go over in the 10th minute. Carreras kicked the conversion to make it 7-0.

Bristol though managed to level the scores by the 13th minute when Benhard Janse van Rensburg burst through in setting up Fitz Harding to touchdown and AJ MacGinty followed with the extras.

Even though the visitors looked to attack, Gloucester stepped up the ante as Carreras collected a loose pass to complete a converted try in the 18th minute before Adam McBurney followed the suit to extend the lead make it 21-7.

Bristol clawed their way back into the game as Gabriel Oghre showed great pace to dot down in the 24th minute before a break from Fitz Harding allowed Bradbury to dive in the corner to ensure the teams completed the opening half with a 24-19 scoreline.

Both the teams were desperate for a breakthrough in the second half with Bristol especially looking aggressive and they eventually got their breakthrough in the 66th minute when Bradbury completed his second to level the scores before MacGinty's conversion made it 24-26.

While Gloucester were looking for the chance to seize the lead back, Bristol ensured they did not let the game slip as Janse van Rensburg went past a tackle to complete a nine point victory for Pat Lam's side.

Team line up:

Gloucester: Evans; Hathaway, Harris, Llewellyn, Ollie Thorley; Carreras, Varney; Ford-Robinson, McBurney, Gotovtsev, Clarke, Jordan, Ackermann (c), Clement, Mercer.

Reserves: Crane, Rapava-Ruskin, Balmain, Tuisue, Ludlow, Englefield, Atkinson, May.

Bristol: Malins; Heward, van Rensburg, William. Ibitoye; MacGinty, Randall; Genge, Oghre, Sinckler, Dun, Batley, Luatua, Harding (c), Bradbury.

Reserves: Davies, Thomas, Lahiff, Owen, Heenan, Marmion, Ravouvou, Naulago.

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