European Rugby Challenge Cup: Bath 22-6 Bristol

Rhys Priestland
Bath's Rhys Priestland kicks the first of his five penalties
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Bath (12) 22
Try: Banahan Pens: Priestland 5 Con: Priestland
Bristol (3) 6
Pens: Searle, Geraghty

Bath beat Bristol in the European Rugby Challenge Cup as the West Country foes met for the first time since 2009.

The hosts led 12-3 at the break as Rhys Priestland kicked four out of four penalties, while debutant academy fly-half Billy Searle replied for Bristol.

Bristol replacement Shane Geraghty closed the gap after the break, but Priestland quickly replied.

And the Bath fly-half took his tally to 17 points after Matt Banahan's 80th-minute try.

The visitors were down to 13 players for a short time late on, after Jack Tovey and Geraghty were sin-binned.

It was Bath's second win in Pool 4 and they top the group, while Bristol have lost their opening two matches.

Bath: T. Homer, Williams, Joseph, Banahan, Brew, Priestland, W. Homer, Auterac, van Vuuren, Lahiff, Charteris, Ewels, Garvey, G. Mercer, Z. Mercer.

Replacements: Dunn, Knight, Palma-Newport, Stooke, Houston, Bowden, Hastings, Rokoduguni.

Bristol: J. Williams, Edwards, Tovey, Hurrell, Varndell, Searle, Cliff, Traynor, Brooker, Perenise, Evans, J. Phillips, Eadie, Fisher, Crane.

Replacements: Hawkins, O'Connell, Hall, Nemsadze, Robinson, Uren, Geraghty, Wallace.

Referee: David Wilkinson (Ireland).

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