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Rugby Union

Saints can't contain Bears comeback

16th February 2020, 19:58 by Neil Foster

Bristol moved into the play-off places after coming from 14-0 down to run out 20-14 winners over Northampton in the Premiership.

Saints enjoyed the better of the first half and led 11-0 at the break as Harry Mallinder crossed in the corner after excellent work from number eight Teimana Harrison.

James Grayson missed the conversion but landed two penalties during the first 40 minutes to give the hosts a decent advantage at the interval.

He kicked another three-pointer early in the second period but Rory Hutchinson's sin-binning for a high tackle gave the visitors a much-needed boost.

The Bears needed no second invitation as Callum Sheedy landed the subsequent penalty before Henry Purdy touched down in the corner.

Sheedy converted and, after Lewis Thiede bundled over from close range just moments later, kicked his third penalty with the last play of the match.

Bears director of rugby Pat Lam was delighted and always felt the chances would come.

"We said at half-time that we needed to be patient as our purple patch would come but even after that, we started kicking the ball away again, which made for a nervous finish," he told the BBC.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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