The Bristol Bears’ ambitions to climb the Champions League were given a boost with a 15-13 win over Bath Rugby at the Recreation Ground on Friday night in a game filled with errors and inaccuracies but drama in equal measure.

It was only Bristol’s second win away from home in their last 15 trips, but they continued their impressive recent run against Bath after they defeated them for the seventh time in eight outings to leave the blue and whites rooted to the bottom of the table.

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Bristol scored two tries to one with Siva Naulago and James Williams both crossing after a shot both times from mach man Semi Radradra, with AJ MacGinty kicking a penalty and conversion.

Miles Reid scored Bath’s try with Piers Francis adding two penalties and a conversion, but crucially the home fly half missed with three shots on target that ultimately proved decisive.

Bristol conceded three early penalties and from the third, Francis had a chance to give his team the lead, but his shot from 50 meters fell just short.

The first half was littered with errors, with Francis missing twice off the tee, first short and then wide, but the opening score of the game was first class.

Semi Radradra took the ball flat on the gain line straight from Harry Randall at the base of a ruck, dissected Dave Attwood and D’Arcy Rae with a spin and offloaded James Williams, who managed to get through to score his first Premiership try. .


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