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  1. Full-time: Bristol 14-32 Gloucester
  2. Jonny May's last-minute try earns Gloucester bonus point
  3. Bristol now seven points adrift at the bottom

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By Adam Williams

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Thanks and good night

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So, not a good night for the men of Bristol, but plenty to cheer for those in Cherry and White.

Have no fear, as mentioned, we've got plenty more live Premiership action to come across the weekend.

Until then - thanks for being with us....

Still to come

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One game down, but still plenty of action to come across the weekend.

There's three games tomorrow just for starters, including a big derby day in the east Midlands.


Harlequins v Newcastle (15:00 GMT)

Northampton v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

Exeter v Sale (15:00 GMT)


Wasps v Worcester (14:30 BST)

Saracens v Bath (15:00 BST)

Silverware for Cherry and Whites

FT: Bristol 14-32 Gloucester

Gloucester claim five Premiership points, but also the Rifles Cup.

Willi Heinz is all smiles as he collects the trophy and that'll be a happy Friday night for everyone connected with the club.

FT: Bristol 14-32 Gloucester

Gloucester hooker Richard Hibbard gets the man of the match award for that sterling display in the front row.

They climb a place up to eighth, two points behind seventh-placed Harlequins who are in action tomorrow.

FT: Bristol 14-32 Gloucester

Ross McMillan

Bristol hooker on BBC Radio Bristol

It is another harsh lesson in rugby for Bristol.


Bristol 14-32 Gloucester

Far from a classic encounter, but Gloucester won't care one bit as they are heading back up the M5 with five points.

For Bristol, it's another chastening defeat and the prospect of a return to the Championship creeps ever closer.

Try (May, con Burns)

Bristol 14-32 Gloucester

Well, there is a bonus point securing try, but it's not for Bristol, but Gloucester.

Counter-attacking move from one end of the field to the next opens up Bristol and the ball finds Jonny May with acres of space to cross over with ease and put a perfect seal on this game for the Cherry and Whites.

Billy Burns puts the cherry on the top of their performance with a final conversion.

Bristol 14-25 Gloucester

Time is up, but Bristol go searching for another try, which could claim them a vital losing bonus point....

Try (Crumpton, missed con Searle)

Bristol 14-25 Gloucester

A late, defiant score for Bristol from replacement hooker Max Crumpton as he capitalises on some missed tackles in the Gloucester line.

Billy Searle just off target with the conversion.

Bristol 9-25 Gloucester

A sense of going through the motions in the closing stages of this one.

Bristol have tries several things tonight, but none of them have clicked.

Gloucester haven't been polished, but they've been just good enough on this occasion.

Bristol 9-25 Gloucester

Many of the home supporters vote with their feet after that third Gloucester try and head for the exits.

Is that bottom-of-the-table Bristol heading for the Premiership exit along with them?

Try (Ludlow, missed con Burns)

Bristol 9-25 Gloucester

Eventually the pressure tells for Gloucester.

No stopping that maul this time for Bristol and Lewis Ludlow is the man who's got the ball under his arm as they barge their way across the line.

Billy Burns not on target with his boot though for the first time tonight.

Bristol 9-20 Gloucester

More of the same from Gloucester and this time a rolling maul gets held up three metres short. 

But, Bristol have collapsed that illegally and Gloucester go for the line-out in the corner once more.

Bristol 9-20 Gloucester

Gloucester go hunting for a third try to really kill this game off, but once more Bristol hold them off inches from the line.

Richard Hibbard and Willi Heinz looked destined to get on the scoresheet, but somehow they're held up.

Eventually it's forced out of touch in the corner.

Bristol 9-20 Gloucester

Jonny May looks like he needs to visit the stitchers again as his face wound from the first half appears to have opened up again.

Plenty of claret around the England winger's mouth.

Bristol 9-20 Gloucester

I won't lie - this has been far from a classic.

Neither side has managed to get into their groove in this game yet and every time one of them threatens to do so, it's followed by a loose bit of handling, a sloppy bit of discipline or just a moment of scrambled decision-making.

Bristol 9-20 Gloucester

Pause in play as Sam Jefferies and Willi Heinz collide in a competition for a loose ball.

Bristol regather ahead of their line-out as they look to fashion a moment of brilliance to pull themselves back into things.

Bristol 9-20 Gloucester

Replays of that Burns try don't make happy viewing for Bristol's Luke Arscott. It was him who tried to slide across and intercept that Willi Heinz grubber.

But, Arscott couldn't hold on to the ball and then May and Burns capitalised.

Try (Burns, con Burns)

Bristol 9-20 Gloucester

A long wait before that Gloucester score was confirmed, but the uncertainty was over whether or not Jonny May had slipped out of touch as he intercepted a grubber kick from Willi Heinz through to Bristol's 22.

Replays show he did just stay the right side of the whitewash and offloaded to Billy Burns to run in unapposed for Gloucester's second try.

Burns adds the conversion and now it's a long way back for Bristol.

Penalty (Searle)

Bristol 9-13 Gloucester

Billy Searle takes the simple chance to add three more to his tally and Bristol claw themselves closer to parity in this one.

Bristol 6-13 Gloucester

Plenty of Bristol possession inside Gloucester's half but no points... yet.

Plenty of big tackles go in from the Cherry and Whites and eventually Bristol get a penalty from a scrum in front of the Gloucester posts.

Bristol 6-13 Gloucester

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Gloucester run out of steam as Billy Twelvetrees fails to release on the Bristol 22. Billy Searle can boot it clear and into touch.

Back on comes Tom Marshall for Gloucester after his 10 minutes on the naughty step either side of half-time.

Bristol 6-13 Gloucester

Somehow Gloucester are denied a try after around 18 phases of picking and driving inches towards the Bristol line.

The ball is held up over the line by Bristol, but there's no let up for them as Gloucester get a put-in at a five-metre scrum.

Bristol 6-13 Gloucester

Almost a blistering break for Gloucester through the Bristol defence from Henry Trinder, but his pass wide right to Sione Kalamafoni can't quite find the flanker's hands.

Promise in attack from the Cherry and Whites.

Bristol 6-13 Gloucester

Solid defensive start to the second half from Gloucester as they deal with Bristol's threat at the breakdown.

Billy Burns boots a penalty clear after a Bristol infringement 30 metres from the Gloucester line.


Bristol 6-13 Gloucester

Teams back out and away we go for the second half.

Gloucester resume with just 14 men remember as Tom Marshall has around eight more minutes in the sin bin.

Weekend of Premiership action

Don't forget, we've got two more days of live action to follow after tonight.

Northampton v Leicester in the east Midlands derby is among three games on Saturday.

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North had a lot to talk about after an eventful end to the Six Nations with his country and the prospect of facing local rivals Leicester on Saturday.

He says he was disappointed no action was taken over an alleged bite on him in Wales' Six Nations defeat by France.

HT: Bristol 6-13 Gloucester

Half-time cuppa time and while you enjoy, we'll bring you a round-up of some other stories from the rugby world this week...


Bristol 6-13 Gloucester

Gloucester try to eek a maul deep into Bristol's 22 in the final seconds of the half, but Bristol force it out of touch.

That's the break. Not a classic first 40 minutes, but it's Gloucester who scored the only try and have the lead. 

Penalty (Searle)

Bristol 6-13 Gloucester

Billy Searle
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Billy Searle takes advantage of the chance for three points from 40 metres back to give the hosts something to cheer on the stroke of half-time.

Sin-bin (Marshall)

Bristol 3-13 Gloucester

And the decision is that Tom Marshall did deliberately knock-on and the yellow card is shown by referee JP Doyle.

Bristol 3-13 Gloucester

Bristol look for something to claw themselves back into the game before the break. 

Television match official Rowan Kitt is looking to see if Gloucester full-back Tom Marshall deliberately knocked-on a Bristol offload by Sam Jeffries. 

Penalty (Burns)

Bristol 3-13 Gloucester

And Billy Burns successfully kicks his 18th Premiership attempt in succession to extend Gloucester's lead to 10 points.

Bristol 3-10 Gloucester

Gloucester resume play and after some patient build-up force an infringement from Bristol on their 10-metre line.

Billy Burns will have a go for three points from a central position.

Bristol 3-10 Gloucester

Tusi Pisi goes off on the stretcher to receive more treatment. We hope it's not too serious for the Bristol centre.

Charlie Sharples is back on again as David Halaifonua goes off for Gloucester.

Bristol 3-10 Gloucester

Tusi Pisi
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Long stoppage in play here as the physios deal with injuries to players on both sides. 

Bristol hooker Marc Jones is getting some attention for a neck injury, but the main concern is for Tusi Pisi, who is being strapped on to a spinal board and stretcher as a precaution.

It looked like a nasty collision in the tackle.

Bristol 3-10 Gloucester

So Tusi Pisi goes off for Bristol to be replaced by Jack Tovey for what looks like a head injury assessment and now Gloucester's David Halaifonua is receiving attention as he becomes the latest to take a knock.

Not one for the faint-hearted this match so far...