(c) Martin Bennett / Gloucester Rugby
Gloucester Rugby took two losing bonus points after coming back from 17-0 to lose 29-28 at Ashton Gate on Friday night.
Bristol Bears claimed the victory and the Rifles Cup with a narrow win in the Gallagher Premiership.
Gloucester Rugby scored three tries in the first half but early on it was Bristol who were the dominant side.
Harry Thacker and Andy Uren both went over for scores with Callum Sheedy slotting both conversions and a penalty to give the hosts a healthy lead.
The Cherry and Whites hit their stride and Louis Rees-Zammit showed his pace with a break and his offload set Charlie Chapman up for our opening score.
Adam Hastings slotted the conversion and was also accurate from the tee when Louis Rees-Zammit went over for a try of his own.
To finish off the first half, Chris Harris collected the inside ball from Freddie Clarke and shot over to give Gloucester Rugby a 21-17 lead at the break.
It was a tight and tense second half with Chris Harris and Matias Alemanno working well to hold Uren up over the line to stop a try but the Bears were able to get over the line through Toby Fricker after the Cherry and Whites went down to 14 men as Freddie Clarke was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on.
Both teams were soon playing with 14 players as Sam Bedlow was red carded for a high hit on Hastings.
The momentum led to a Cherry and White maul try, scored by Jack Singleton and Hastings’ conversion gave us a 28-24 lead with just minutes on the clock.
At the death, Fricker went over for his second to claim the one point victory for our West Country rivals.
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