Bristol claim long-awaited Prem win over Gloucester


Bristol Bears roared up to ninth in the top flight following a long-awaited, paw-biting 28-24 Premiership win over South West rivals Gloucester at Ashton Gate last night.

A fifth Premiership win of the season lifts the Bears up the table and more importantly 13 points clear of bottom club Newcastle Falcons.

Despite leading 11-8 at the break, Bristol had to come back from trailing 24-18 on the hour, when Ollie Thorley's converted try raised Cherry & Whites hopes.
 
Bears clinched a famous victory thanks to a late penalty try and Ian Madigan’s successful 78th minute long-range penalty kick to edge home 28-24 to the delight of Bristol fans in the 16,911 Gate.

The last time Bristol beat Gloucester in the top flight was in February 2008, 29-26 at the Memorial Stadium.

Next up for Pat Lam's Bears is a trip to Northampton next Saturday.

After wins over top two Exeter and Saracens, Gloucester bid to bounce back at Harlequins a week tomorrow.

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