Premiership: Bristol Bears 18-17 Northampton Saints

Bristol did now not lead within the entire sport in opposition to Northampton till Sam Bedlow scored his match-fine penalty
Bristol (5) 18
Tries: Purdy, O’Conor Con: Bedlow Pens: Eden, Bedlow
Northampton (14) 17
Tries: Ribbans, Francis Cons: Grayson 2 Pen: Grayson

Bristol Bears cruise-half of Sam Bedlow scored a final-minute penalty to inflict a ninth consecutive Premiership defeat on Northampton Saints.

The company had victory snatched away from them after Ehren Painter turned into once penalised for a deliberate knock-on.

Transformed rankings from David Ribbans and Piers Francis had place Saints 14-5 up on the spoil, with Henry Purdy replying.

Piers O’Conor’s leisurely are attempting gave the Bears hope of a turnaround, and Bedlow provided a dramatic finale to the game.

The first half of turned into once an intelligent contest which featured mercurial rugby from both aspect, with Bristol seeing a second are attempting chalked off factual ahead of half of-time for a knock-on by scrum-half of Andy Uren four phases ahead of Alapati Leiua crossed within the corner.

A Tiff Eden penalty on the originate up of the second interval allowed the hosts to receive momentum, with their scrum within the ascendancy,

But Eden turned into once astray with two extra makes an attempt at goal and, after James Grayson stretched Northampton’s result in 9 parts from the kicking tee with 12 minutes left, it regarded treasure Pat Lam’s aspect would pay for neglected opportunities.

But a artful kick from Harry Randall following a scrum allowed O’Conor to attain below the posts, with Bedlow including the extras to position Bristol two parts on the help of with seven minutes final.

And, after Painter’s infringement, Bedlow held his nerve from more than 40 metres to clinch help-to-help wins for Bristol.

The leisurely twist skill Northampton acquire equalled their worst shuffle of consecutive Premiership defeats – place 16 years within the past – and Saints acquire misplaced their previous 10 matches in all competitions.

Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam told BBC Radio Bristol:

“We found a blueprint to understand.

“We gifted them two refined tries, and the boys deserve a quantity of credit rating for working their blueprint help in to the game.

“We confirmed composure and pick watch over on the discontinue, to wait and see and place stress on them and seize the different when it got right here.

“Graceful play to Sam Bedlow, who stepped up and the take cling of.”

Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

“We wished to web a strategy within the final 20 minutes to end the game out and faltered in just a few key areas.

“But I believed it turned into once a much improved effort. I believed the defence turned into once much more big.

“No-one’s blissful with shedding obviously, but each person’s trying in actuality arduous and we now acquire factual bought to be better.”

Bristol Bears: Purdy; Adeolokun, O’Conor, S Piutau (capt), Leiua; Eden, Uren; Woolmore, Byrne, Lahiff, Attwood, Joyce, Heenan, D Thomas, Hughes.

Replacements: Capon, Y Thomas, Afoa, Holmes, Eadie, Randall, Bedlow, Fricker.

Northampton Saints: Tuala; Proctor, Francis, Hutchinson, Collins; Grayson, Taylor; Waller (co-capt), Marshall, Franks, Ratuniyarawa, Ribbans, Isiekwe, Ludlam (co-capt), Wood.

Replacements: Fish, Van Wyk, Painter, Uru, Adendorff, Mitchell, Dingwall, Naiyaravoro.

Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU).

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