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  1. FT: Bristol 28-20 Worcester
  2. Bristol earn first Premiership win since March 2009
  3. Varndell scores hat-trick for Bristol
  4. Pisi sent off for challenge in the air
  5. Barry and Hammond cross for Worcester

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By Louise Gwilliam

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Christmas cracker

FT: Bristol 28-20 Worcester

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Just when you thought you'd opened all your presents, we delivered you another!

Bristol remain bottom of the Premiership table but move to within two points of Worcester.

Thanks for joining me for this basement battle on Boxing day, and i'll see you back here tomorrow.


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FT: Bristol 28-20 Worcester

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This is the penultimate fixture from round 11 of the Premiership. 

It's the final game tomorrow where seventh plays ninth as Harlequins host Gloucester at Twickenham - they both sit on 23 points going into the game and a win would will take the victors into the top half of the table.

We'll be back with you for live text and radio commentary from just before 16:00 GMT tomorrow.  

'The players are relieved'

FT: Bristol 28-20 Worcester

Mark Tainton
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Bristol acting head coach Mark Tainton on BT Sport:

"We’ve been fortunate over the past few weeks to pull things together, gain confidence and that confidence showed today.

"The players are relieved and very very happy. But we know it’s one win and we’re still at the bottom of the table."

On Tusi Pisi's red card: "For me Tusi Pisi is looking at the ball when he approaches the tackle but he has a responsibility to bring the man down safely."

'Our game management was poor'

FT: Bristol 28-20 Worcester

Carl Hogg
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Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg speaking on BT Sport:

"It was very disappointing. Bristol galvanised after the red card but Jamie Shillcock going off for us had a huge impact on our game.

"We had a lot of possession but we weren't very clinical. We didn't manage the game very well and never generated any shape.

"We didn't have real direction and our management of the game was poor.

"But we've got some significant players to come back. Lets not panic, it's been a bumpy start to the season but there's a lot to play for yet."

FT Bristol 28-20 Worcester

Olly Robinson
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Bristol captain Olly Robinson told BT Sport: "We've threatened to put a performance like that for most of the season.

"More importantly than us getting a bonus point was stopping them getting one at the end there."

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Tom Varndell

Bristol winger Tom Varndell on BT Sport: "We needed that. We know where we are in the table.

"If we're going to be in this league we need to play like that every single week we're in.

"It is great to be scoring tries and that is what I've managed to do today. 

FT: Bristol 28-20 Worcester

Worcester will be very disappointed with that.

They lacked shape and commitment at times this afternoon and they're well and truly in a relegation battle now.

14-man Bristol, without Pisi from the 13th-minute of the game, came up with a brave performance capped by their exciting winger Tom Varndell.

He's now one try off Mark Cueto's Premiership try-scoring record, which stands at 90.


Bristol 28-20 Worcester

Tom Varndell
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Wayne Barnes blows his whistle as the crowd erupts at Ashton Gate.

Bristol claim their first Premiership victory since April 2007 and more importantly, a victory against their local and relegation rivals, Worcester.

Despite playing much of the game with 14 men following Tusi Pisi's red-card for a dangerous tackle, Tom Varndell's hat-trick helps his side to a vital victory.

Bristol 28-20 Worcester

Worcester are trying valiantly until the end but they're being suffocated by the Bristol defence in the dying seconds of this match.

As it stand Warriors are going to get nothing out of this match...

Bristol 28-20 Worcester

Tom Varndell almost has a fourth as he goes for the intercept but knocks on in the process.

It's not to be for Varndell but the clock ticks down towards their first Premiership victory of the season.

Bristol 28-20 Worcester

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Bristol just need to keep possession here with five minutes left on the clock.

They're deep inside their own half, but the scrum goes down as Worcester are adjudged to have pushed too early and Bristol win the penalty.

Missed penalty (Pennell)

Bristol 28-20 Worcester

Oh dear. Chris Pennell with a poor effort on goal from the angle and that won't help Worcester's cause.

Bristol 28-20 Worcester

Could Bristol sneak a bonus-point win?

They need one try to do it and they've got 10 minutes left.

Worcester, meanwhile, need two scores to claw back the eight-point deficit, and remember, they've got their full complement of players to do it.

Try (Varndell, con Woodward)

Bristol 28-20 Worcester

Tom Varndell
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But Tom Varndell has other ideas and dives over the line for his hat-trick.

Bristol with an immediate reply just as Warriors found a way back into the game, but the away side's defence left something to be desired there.

Bristol have exploited huge gaps in Worcester's defensive line all afternoon.

Jason Woodward with a monster kick under huge pressure and Bristol are two scores ahead once again.

Try (Hammond, con Pennell)

Bristol 21-20 Worcester

Chris Pennell with great set-up play as he offloads to Dean Hammond who charges towards the line.

Hope for Worcester as they finally produce a moment of brilliance and the deficit it reduced to one point as Pennell adds the conversion.

Bristol 21-13 Worcester

Cries of 'off' ring around Ashton Gate as there are more problems under the high ball.

Tom Varndell is down after a tackle by Cooper Vuna but it's just a penalty this time.

Bristol 21-13 Worcester

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Bottom of the table Bristol seem to want this more at the moment.

Warriors have a line-out on their own five-metre line and they've been poor at the set-piece all afternoon.

They scramble possession and manage to clear their lines, but the home side will come again and the fans can sense something here.

Penalty (Woodward)

Bristol 21-13 Worcester

Jason Woodward stretches Bristol's lead out to beyond a converted try, an important milestone for his side as they search for their first Premiership win of the season.

An easy shot in front of the posts and Worcester have 22 minutes to respond once again.

Bristol 18-13 Worcester

Bristol hooker Ross McMillan on BBC Radio Bristol: "Will Hurrell is like an extra back-row out there. He gets straight onto the ball and there is no moving him.

"Bristol have done well because there is constant pressure from Worcester. What is going to be massive is the bench we have got a lot of people with a lot of experience."

Bristol 18-13 Worcester

Well, after a first-half full of fast-paced attacks and contentious decisions, this one has been rather more stagnant.

Both sides are struggling to get a real attack going and there's been no change to the score this half.

The tension is certainly ramping up though at Ashton Gate.

Bristol 18-13 Worcester

Worcester work the ball better from the set-piece and get fast service from the line-out to set up a good passage of play. 

Some nice hands from Ryan Mills in the midfield but again, Warriors have a wobble and the danger is snuffed out. 

Bristol 18-13 Worcester

Bristol v Worcester

But once again play breaks down and Warriors knock the ball on. 

It's been a scrappy afternoon for Worcester so far and they look short on confidence with only one win in the Premiership this season.

Bristol 18-13 Worcester

Worcester have a penalty as Bristol are penalised by Wayne Barnes for coming in at the side.

They punt the ball down field and they need to get this line-out right this time.

From the maul they win a penalty and they're camped on Bristol's five-metre line...

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Bristol 18-13 Worcester

Mark Chivers: I'm a Warriors fan and that was never a red card. Pisi had his eyes on the ball the whole time and competed 50-50.

Sam: Rules need changing with air bound collisions. If players jump they should be liable for their own safety (to a degree).   

Tusi Pisi
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Bristol 18-13 Worcester

A better start from the Warriors as Na'ama Leleimalefaga drives into the Bristol 22, but once again Worcester cough up the ball.

They've got a man advantage too following Tusi Pisi's red card in the first half but they've struggled to work through the phases so far this afternoon.


Bristol 18-13 Worcester

We're underway in the second-half and what a 40 minutes this is set to be...

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Bristol 18-13 Worcester

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Worcester survive and they go into half time with a four-point deficit.

An exciting first half...three tries, plenty of penalties, a sin bin and a red card.

If you've still got room for a few half-time mince pies, I'll see you back here after the break!

Bristol 18-13 Worcester

Warriors terrible form at the line-out continues and Jaba Bregvadze's throw is stolen by Bristol.

The home side are up to the five-metre line now and they're trying to creep over the whitewash.

A crucial end to the first period for both sides.

Bristol 18-13 Worcester

Billy Searle
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Worcester have given Bristol far too much space this afternoon and they find open field once again down the right wing.

Chris Pennell is the only man home for Warrios and makes a last-ditch tackle to deny Bristol their third try, but the home side retain possession.

Warriors will be desperate to keep Bristol out for the next three minutes.

Penalty (Woodward)

Bristol 18-13 Worcester

And this time Jason Woodward is successful.

Bristol extend their lead to five points with five minutes left to play in this first half.

Sin-bin (Barry)

Bristol 15-13 Worcester

Worcester get the penalty just inside Bristol's 22 and rather than keeping the scoreboard ticking over, they opt for the corner.

Eight metres out and they secure good ball but it comes loose and Warriors have to scramble their defence.

And the sides will be even at 14 men-a-piece for the next 10 minutes at Darren Barry is sent to the sin bin.

Missed penalty

Bristol 15-13 Worcester

I spoke too soon.

Jason Woodward misses the target and Bristol's lead stays at two points.

Bristol 15-13 Worcester

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This has been a game with more twists and turns than Torvill and Dean's Bolero.

And we've not even made it to the half-hour mark yet.

A brief pause as we set for the scrum, but Worcester are accused of bringing down the set-piece and Bristol will have a shot at an easy three points.

Bristol 15-13 Worcester

Bristol hooker Ross McMillan on BBC Radio Bristol: "Bristol just edged and edged in field from the maul and created a huge gap on the blindside.

"If you are going to let players like Will Cliff and Tom Varndell have that much space then they are going to take it." 

Try (Varndell, missed con Woodward)

Bristol 15-13 Worcester

And it's now advantage Bristol.

Tom Varndell with a spectacular run on the wing. He's tripped, stays in touch and gets up again to score his second try of the game. And all with 14 men.

Jason Woodward misses a difficult conversion but Bristol are back in the lead.

Bristol 10-13 Worcester

Worcester are in possession again on the Bristol 22-metre line.

Some nice hands as the ball goes through the backs but Wayne Barnes' whistles goes again and this time it goes Bristol's way. A good kick which gets them out of their half.

Try (Barry, con Pennell)

Bristol 10-13 Worcester

Darren Barry

And Worcester have got a try. 

From the maul Darren Barry spins, then crashes his way over the line before Chris Pennell adds the conversion.

Worcester take the lead for the first time this afternoon with 20 minutes played.

Bristol 10-6 Worcester

Wayne Barnes is getting a little bit of stick from the home crowd as he gives another decision against Bristol.

Dewald Potgeiter makes a good tackle, but the crowd don't like it and it's an extremely hostile atmosphere at Ashton Gate.

Worcester are in possession, they get a maul going from the set-piece and this looks dangerous for Bristol...