Lloyd chases it with full commitment, pinning his ears back to give replacement scrum half Will Cliff no time to find a clearing kick. In the end the Sale man makes about 5m with the boot. 43-557 mins John EvelyTRY - Bristol BearsMaul try. Bristol catch and drive over from a 5m attacknig lineout, with the backs coming in to add power. As is always the case for the Bears the hooker - Fred Davies - is the man to touch it down. James Williams misses with the left touchline conversion effort. 43-556 minsJohn EvelyYELLOW CARD - Sale Sharks Sale replacement hooker Harry Thompson is sin binned for illegally dragging down a maul which looked to be heading for the tryline.
Bristol Bears v Sale Sharks LIVE reaction and full highlightsIt's game day. Bristol Bears complete their Premiership Rugby Cup campaign at home on Friday night as the already confirmed semi-finalists Sale Sharks come to town. The game is essentially a dead rubber for the Bears who can't advance in the competition but Sale are playing for the right to bring the semi-final back the AJ Bell with their knockout game against Exeter Chiefs scheduled for February 12. For Bristol, this match is about fringe players getting an opportunity to shine and play themselves back into selection contention ahead of Newcastle Falcons coming to Ashton Gate next in the Premiership in a couple of weeks. The game kicks off at 7.
I think they can be really proud of themselves and it’s a real good kick for our squad because they’ve just been waiting for some opportunity and the more competition we have for places the better it is. ”“Seeing all the first stringers here supporting them and cheering them on and really rooting for them is really pleasing. So yeah a pleasing effort. ” “ I think it was the confidence we had in transition. We talked about no fear and to trust your skills. I think before half-time one of the breakout tries we had with the passing from forwards, the turnovers, playing from half back and kicking right on top of them, yeah it looked like us when we’re the Bears. So yeah, it was real good and think one of things we have taken away is the importance of being on the same page and we saw a lot of that today.
Callum Sheedy kicks to the corner again. 38-555 mins John EvelySwashbuckling attackSale hooker Tommy Taylor overthrows a lineout 10m out from the Bristol tryline and the Bears gather and work the ball wide for Henry Purdy who kicks long and then gathers the bouncing ball. A second kick through goes off the legs of a Sharks man for a lineout 10m out. What a huge net gain in territory.
43-1271 minsJohn EvelyYELLOW CARD - Bristol BearsJames Williams is shown a yellow card for being offside as he defends his tryline. The inside centre has been very good tonight. 43-569 minsJohn EvelyHeld upSale attack from a close-range lineout and look to have powered their way over with the maul but Bristol scrum half Oscar Lennon has somehow got under the ball and held ut up. 43-567 minsJohn EvelyTry butchered How did Sale not score there. Paddy Pearce makes a bad read in defence for Bristol and bites in leaving a three man overlap but Sale skipper Sam Dugdale juggles the ball and the Bears are able to get across to shut down the danger.
43-564 minsJohn EvelyMaul stopped Close again. The Bears almost maul their way over from about 15m out, making a big gain but the ball gets wrapped up by Sale who earn a turnover. 43-560 mins John EvelyWhat a kick chase Ioan Lloyd is playing like a man possessed. Sale knock the ball on in the Bristol 22 and again the Bears break from deep with Noah Heward getting on the outside before kicking long.
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