Bristol Bears let 25-point lead slip to draw at London Irish

It was a case of two factors dropped for Bristol Bears on Sunday afternoon because the Gallagher Premiership leaders let a 25 level lead simply slip to attract 34-34.

Within the wonderful sunshine on the equally spectacular new Brentford Neighborhood Stadium, Bristol ran riot within the first half with Charles Piutua inflicting chaos within the Exiles rank with a staggering efficiency from full again.

Regardless of Sam Bedlow being despatched to the sin bin for a harmful sort out in simply the third minute, the previous All Black sparked the assault, intercepting a go inside his 22 to go the size of the pitch earlier than placing in Piers O’Conor.

Moments later Siva Naulago intercepted 5m out and there was no catching the speedy rugby league convert.

On the half hour mark Chris Vui crashed over for his first strive of the season after which Naulago and Piutua struck once more.

Piutau took an extended kick via and got rid of the primary tried sort out and handed to Naulago and the 2 males interchanged passes to go 75m and rating the bonus level strive after 35 minutes.

Naulago completed with a staggering 190m in assault, Piutau 160m.

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However Steve Mafi, one in every of London Irish’s huge title Pacific Islanders, burst via the sort out of Yann Thomas to attain a significant strive for the hosts simply earlier than the break to make it 13-31.

With Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam understandably pondering the job was executed he changed veteran prop John Afoa on the break, and shortly introduced off Steven Luatua and Piutau.

In distinction London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney had packed his bench with worldwide expertise, and because the Bears drained his facet received stronger.

Theo Brophy Clews and Nick Phipps completed two effectively labored scores to place the hosts in touching distance and with 4 minutes remaining Tom Parton touched down within the nook to provide Paddy Jackson a conversion to degree the scores.

The Irishman cooly slotted it to finish a exceptional comeback, and safe one other excessive scoring draw between the 2 sides after a 27-27 draw again at Ashton Gate final season.

With the ultimate play of the sport London Irish actually ought to have accomplished the job and received the sport however after breaking down the wing Parton’s go inside to his two supporting males dissected the 2 of them and was then knocked on.

In the long run each side walked away with three factors which leaves Bristol three factors away from second place Exeter Chiefs.

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London Irish: 15 James Stokes, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Theo Brophy Clews, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ben Meehan, 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 2 Matt Cornish, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 4 Steve Mafi, 5 George Nott, 6 Matt Rogerson (c), 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Albert Tuisue

Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Chunya Munga, 20 Sean O’Brien, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Terrence Hepetema, 23 Tom Parton

Bristol Bears: 15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Siva Naulago; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Will Capon, 3. John Afoa, 4. Ed Holmes, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: 16. George Kloska, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. Jake Armstrong, 19. John Hawkins, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Tom Kessell, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Alapati Leiua.

Referee: Karl Dickson (thirty seventh Premiership sport).

Assistant Referees: Andrew Jackson & Jamie Leahy.

TMO: Ian Tempest.

Citing Officer: Nick Wooden.

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