Gloucester Rugby were beaten 24-33 in an eight try thriller at Kingsholm on Friday night.
Bristol Bears got off to a solid start and Semi Radradra was on a different level, helping his side secure the try scoring bonus point before half time. The Cherry and Whites stayed in the fight and came back with two tries of their own through Fraser Balmain and Chris Harris before the break.
Gloucester Rugby’s back three impressed with Jonny May, Louis Rees-Zammit and Ollie Thorley all utilising their speed and power throughout the game but despite their efforts, it was not enough.
Bristol had built up quick points and the Cherry and Whites were forced to play catch up for the rest of the game.
A Ben Earl try in the second half continued Bristol’s momentum but it wasn’t long until things swung back in the favour of Gloucester Rugby. Steven Varney replaced Joe Simpson and immediately made an impact with a try underneath the Bears' sticks.
Ultimately, it was too little too late and the Cherry and Whites ended the game empty handed after 80 minutes at Kingsholm.
Steven Varney came on in the second half and immediately impressed. He made a few sniping breaks but it was his try with less than 10 minutes left on the clock that really stood out. Harris made a break just past the halfway line and put the ball back inside for the young scrum half to gallop over and score in impressive fashion.
HOW IT HAPPENED
See how the game at Kingsholm unfolded in our play by play commentary below.
It’s a short turnaround for Gloucester Rugby who will hope to get back to winning ways when they face Saracens at Allianz Park on Wednesday.