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Premiership: London Irish 34-34 Bristol Bears – Exiles draw after fightback

Tom Parton’s try with two minutes remaining allowed Paddy Jackson to convert and secure a draw for London Irish
London Irish (13) 34
Tries: Mafi, Brophy-Clew, Phipps, Parton Cons: Jackson 4 Pens: Jackson 2
Bristol Bears (31) 34
Tries: O’Conor, Naulago 2, Vui Cons: Sheedy 4 Pens: Sheedy 2

London Irish mounted a second-half fightback to draw with Premiership leaders Bristol Bears as both sides ran in four tries.

Trailing 31-13 at the break, Paddy Jackson converted Tom Parton’s late try to level the game after Theo Brophy-Clews and Nick Phipps had also crossed.

Two Siva Naulago efforts and scores from Piers O’Conor and Chris Vui had given the Bears an 18-point lead.

But the Exiles replied through Steve Mafi before dominating after the break.

More to follow.

London Irish: Stokes; Loader, Rona, Brophy Clews, Hassell-Collins; Jackson, Meehan; Goodrick-Clarke, Cornish, Chawatama, Mafi, Nott, Rogerson (capt), Cowan, Tuisue.

Replacements: Creevy, Dell, Hoskins, Munga, O’Brien, Phipps, Hepetema, Parton.

Sin-bin: Loader (57).

Bristol: C Piutau; Morahan, O’Conor, Bedlow, Naulago; Sheedy, Uren; Y Thomas, Capon, Afoa, Holme, Vui, Luatua (capt), D Thomas, Eadie.

Replacements: Kloska, Woolmore, Armstrong, Hawkins, Heenan, Kessell, Lloyd, Leiua.

Sin-bin: Bedlow (3), Eadie (61).

Referee: Karl Dickson (RFU).

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