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Bristol 22-24 Saracens

Bristol (16) 22
Tries: Lemi 2 Pens: Jarvis 2, Ashwin 2

Saracens (6) 24
Tries: Cato, Goode Con: Jackson Pens: Jackson 4


Noah Cato on the attack for Saracens on Saturday
Noah Cato's try put Saracens back in touch with Bristol

Saracens launched a second-half fightback to beat Bristol in the EDF Energy Cup on Saturday.

Two David Lemi tries and two Adrian Jarvis penalties gave Bristol a 16-6 half-time lead, Glen Jackson landing two penalties for Saracens.

A penalty apiece for Chris Ashwin and Jackson maintained the margin but Saracens then took the lead as Noah Cato and Alex Goode went over.

Ashwin edged Bristol back in front but Jackson's penalty gave Sarries victory.


Saracens director of rugby Eddie Jones:
"If the EDF have any money left over during this credit crunch then I think they should invest it in an under-23 competition, with perhaps five over-age players in the match-day squad.

"It would be so important not just for us but also for England rugby and I'm sure the Welsh clubs would like it too."

Bristol head coach Richard Hill:
"We lost hooker Mark Regan (knee) who runs our scrum, lock Nathan Budgett (dislocated fibula) who runs our line-out and centre Neil Brew (hamstring) who runs our defence.

"These are the three personnel that we could least do without and we have lost them through injury. This has been a very costly game for us."


Bristol: Lilo; T Arscott, Brew, Eves, Lemi; Jarvis, Beveridge; Clarke, Regan, Hobson, Winters, Budgett, Salter, El Abd, Ward-Smith.

Replacements: Turner for T Arscott (54), Ashwin for Brew (32), Linklater for Regan (50), Crompton for Hobson (71), Sidoli for Budgett (18), R. Pennycook for Salter (54).

Not Used: Thomas.

Sin Bin: Turner (57).

Saracens: Goode; Thrower, Powell, A Farrell, Cato; Jackson, Rauluni; Lloyd, Cairns, Visagie, Ryder, Vyvyan, Skirving, Saull, Owen.

Replacements: Sorrell for Powell (72), Chesney for Ryder (58), Barrell for Skirving (52).

Not Used: Walker, Mercey, Wilson, Ross.

Att: 5,025

Ref: G Wilson (Scotland).

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see also
Scarlets 27-0 Bristol
22 Oct 08 |  Rugby Union
Saracens 33-19 Northampton
26 Oct 08 |  Rugby Union
EDF Energy Anglo-Welsh Cup 2008/9
19 Jun 08 |  Rugby Union
Anglo-Welsh Cup archive
24 Jul 06 |  Welsh


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