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Live Reporting

By Alex Winter

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    FT: Bristol 43-16 Bath

    Bears

    Well what an opening night that was. Tremendous stuff from Bristol.

    Quite the act for the games over the rest of the weekend to follow and we'll have full coverage here on BBC Sport.

    Join us for champions Saracens against Northampton among four games tomorrow and then Wasps against London Irish on Sunday.

    Bye for now...

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    Hughes

    Gareth Allington: Can someone please remind me why Nathan Hughes isn't playing for England??

  3. Post update

    FT: Bristol 43-16 Bath

    This time last season we reflected on Bristol edging a tight game and a sign that they would be very competitive on their return to the Premiership.

    But this is maybe a notice that they're ready to kick-on. They targeted the top six last season - this time it might be a realistic aim.

    And who doesn't want their style of rugby to succeed?

  4. Post update

    FT: Bristol 43-16 Bath

    Piutau

    Charles Piutau speaking to BT Sport:

    "Proud of the boys' effort today.

    "To have a crowd like this turn up, it's incredible and a thoroughly deserved win.

    "That's the type of rugby we want to play here and everyone pulled together for the effort and that's all we can ask for."

    Nathan Hughes:

    "A big build up and a long pre-season but great to start with the win.

    "They boys made it really easy settling in. We've worked really hard over the 16 weeks and it was great to show it out there.

    "We want to start well this season and put ourselves in a great position, so top six is the focus."

  5. Post update

    FT: Bristol 43-16 Bath

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Ashton Gate

    The Wurzels' Drink up Thee Cider - a very popular one in these parts - rings out as the home fans celebrate a memorable night.

    It's a thumping win for Pat Lam's side.

  6. Full-time

    Bristol 43-16 Bath

    Bristol celly

    Well in the end that's a bit of a hammering, Bristol's largest victory over Bath in the Premiership.

    Seven tries, cider flowing around Ashton Gate, what a start to the season for Bristol.

  7. Try: Bristol 43-16 Bath

    Luke Morahan, con Ioan Lloyd

    And some champagne rugby to finish it off.

    Bath lose possession in Bristol's half and the home side pounce, sweeping upfield with beautiful offloading.

    Nathan Hughes scoops the loose ball off his toes to keep the move alive and Luke Morahan races into the right corner.

  8. Try: Bristol 36-16 Bath

    Ioan Lloyd, con missed Callum Sheedy

    Bath are penalised at the scrum and Bristol go back deep into the Bath 22.

    No driving maul but a lovely wraparound play and so much space towards the left wing sees Ioan Lloyd sent in.

    A try on his debut for the 18-year-old.

  9. Post update

    Bristol 31-16 Bath

    One point for the Bristol chalkboard on Monday will be their line-out, several have gone awry.

    But Bath knock-on and Bristol will get another chance to finish with a flourish.

  10. Post update

    Bristol 31-16 Bath

    Bristol trying to apply the coup de grace and they have a chance in the Bath 22 after the visitors can't clear their own scrum.

    The drive up to within 10 yards but it's the latest Bath penalty at the breakdown.

    Pity for them that great work is going to count for nothing.

    Max Clark now limps off and Bath have emptied their bench so will finish the game a man down even when Lewis Boyce returns.

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    Hugh Moxon: Bath unimaginative and slow, Bristol looking good despite some errors but the standard of officiating in this game has been pretty dreadful.

  12. Post update

    Bristol 31-16 Bath

    Pat Lam

    Bristol head coach Pat Lam on BT Sport:

    "It's been about doing the simple things really well - that's been the key message here.

    "The big players have to step up, they have right from the off and everyone else has too.

    "I can't fault the effort that's going through, but we have given away points with some sloppy errors."

  13. Post update

    Bristol 31-16 Bath

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Ashton Gate

    That should do it for Bristol, who punch the air in delight. Gala's Freed From Desire blasts out on the PA but it's been a performance full of desire from the home side, who are playing like a team who have been thinking about this night all through pre-season.

    This capacity crowd have not been disappointed.

  14. Try: Bristol 31-16 Bath

    John Afoa, con Callum Sheedy

    Afoa try

    That should seal it.

    The penalty goes into the corner and this time Bristol go all out for the driving maul.

    It doesn't take too long for John Afoa to go over.

    And then from nowhere, Callum Sheedy sends over a brilliant conversion from out wide.

  15. Yellow Card: Lewis Boyce

    Bristol 24-16 Bath

    Sin bin

    Bristol pick and go and then use the backs but a swinging arm comes in from Lewis Boyce and he makes contact with the head of an attacker and he's off.

    Can't be too far from a red, player was dipping I suppose.

  16. Post update

    Bristol 24-16 Bath

    Bath haven't got anything going this half and they have their handling to blame.

    Rhys Priestland spills a pass and it's a Bristol scrum from which they're awarded the penalty.

    Playing with the advantage they get in the Bath 22 and a tackle off the ball provides another chance from the tee for Callum Sheedy.

    But again they go into the corner, another try surely seals this.

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    Small Man Peaky: Sorry but that Nathan Hughes offload looked pretty forward to me. Don't understand why the tmo didn't look at it. (I'm a Saracens fan)

  18. Missed penalty: Bristol 24-16 Bath

    Callum Sheedy

    Bristol get more turnover ball and it's slick attacking play.

    A scrambling Bath defence and a high tackle from Josh McNally allows Bristol the chance to extend the lead again.

    Callum Sheedy from 43 yards bang in front pushes it.

  19. Penalty: Bristol 24-16 Bath

    Rhys Priestland

    Bath have an immediate reply as Bristol are offside in midfield.

    Straight shot for Rhys Priestland and he sends another one through.

  20. Post update

    Bristol 24-13 Bath

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport at Ashton Gate

    Another huge roar goes up and Bristolians are dancing in the stands with beer in hand.

    Their team are in control now.