Second half dominance steers Bristol to 35-28 win over Newcastle Falcons

Ian Madigan was part of the winning side
Ian Madigan was part of the winning side

Bristol Bears 35-28 Newcastle Falcons, Ashton Gate

Bristol Bears came up with a stunning second half performance as they went on to beat Newcastle Falcons 35-28 in their Gallagher Premiership face-off at Ashton Gate on Sunday.

This is Bristol's fourth win of the season as they consolidated their 10th position while Newcastle Falcons are having a tough season as they languish at the bottom of the table.

A combination of Luke Morahan and Harry Randall gave Bristol a promising start when the latter went over the line in the 2nd minute and Ian Madigan followed it with the conversion.

The Falcons had their response with a 11th minute penalty kick from Toby Flood before Vereniki Goneva with a 22nd minute try gave them the lead followed by the extras from the fly-half.

As Flood and Madigan traded penalties the gap between the two teams was at three points by the 33rd minute before number eight Callum Chick crossed over to give the visitors a 10-point lead before the break.

Bristol got off the block quick in the second half as well with Charles Piutau dotting down in the 48th minute and Luke Morahan followed the suit to make it 22-20 before Madigan kicked his second penalty kick to stretch the lead to five points.

The scores were levelled when Adam Radwan went over the line in the 65th minute and continued to remain level by the 74th minute when Callum Sheedy and Flood exchanged penalties before Tom Pincus decisive try in the 76th minute earned Bristol a hard fought victory.

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Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the 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.

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