Bristol Bears 25 - 27 Worcester Warriors, Ashton Gate
Worcester Warriors managed to edge out Bristol Bears 25-27 in the battle to avoid relegation in the 17th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Ashton Gate on Saturday.
The win means Warriors now have 32 points but continue to remain at 11th place while Bristol with 36 points are at ninth place.
The visitors started the game with a setback as Jono Lance left the field in the third minute with a head injury and two minutes later a collapsing driving maul saw Niall Annett sin-binned that also resulted in a penalty try for Bristol.
Worcester shrugged off the setback with England international Ted Hill dotting down in the 15th minute that was improved by Duncan Weir as the scores were levelled 7-7 before Luke Morahan crashed in the corner in the 19th minute to give a five-point lead for Pat Lam's side.
The momentum once again swung towards Worcester with Ben Te'o crossing whitewash in the 23rd minute and Weir's conversion gave them a two point lead before back to back penalties from Sheedy made the scoreline 18-14 by the half-hour mark.
Wales international Josh Adams provided Worcester with the edge leading into the break with his side's third try coming in the 33rd minute and Weir slotted a conversion and a penalty goal to make it 18-24 at the end of the first half.
Six minutes into the second half, Weir with his second penalty stretched Worcester's lead to nine points but Sheedy's converted try kept Bristol in the game narrowing down the gap to two points. Bristol's chances brightened with Te'o sin-binned in the 69th minute for a deliberate off-side but all they could manage was a long-range penalty kick from Ian Madigan that went wide as Worcester completed a two-point win.
Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it 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.
The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?
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