Delighted Bristol into play-offs with messy victory over London Irish

  • London Irish 7-36 Bristol
  • Late penalty try seals bonus point win and third place

Bristol are into the Premiership play-offs for the first time in 13 years after a frantic final five minutes to their scrappy victory over London Irish saw Pat Lam’s side book their semi-final spot.

A penalty try with four minutes remaining sealed the bonus point for Bristol and when Saracens pulled level with Bath just seconds later, the Bears moved into third place in the table, above their West Country rivals. Both results mean that even if Sale’s postponed match against Worcester goes ahead on Wednesday, and even if the Sharks manage a bonus-point victory, Bristol are still assured of a semi-final next week with Bath now facing an anxious wait.

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