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Saturday, 8 June, 2002, 13:43 GMT 14:43 UK
Clockwatch: Bristol v Gloucester
All the action as it happens from the Zurich Championship final at Twickenham.
All the action as Gloucester pip West Country rivals Bristol in the Zurich Championship final at Twickenham.

Highlights of the match on BBC One at 1710 BST.

Latest action first.

FT: Bristol 23-28 Gloucester

85 mins: Bristol launch one final assault at the Gloucester line but are penalised for crossing. Referee Maybank blows his whistle for the final time to signal the start of the Gloucester celebrations.

83 mins: Mercier misses another drop goal attempt, but Gloucester are awarded a penalty instead and Mercier puts his side on the verge of victory.
Bristol 23-28 Gloucester

82 mins: Mercier attempts a drop goal but is off target.

77 mins: Bristol respond with another Contepomi penalty to maintain the pressure to the end.
Bristol 23-25 Gloucester

75 mins: Archer gives away another penalty by impeding Junior Paramore and Mercier edges Gloucester five points ahead.
Bristol 20-25 Gloucester

72 mins: Bristol ensure a tense finish with their second try, as replacement prop Paul Johnstone collects a line-out and charges 30 metres through Tom Beim's tackle for a score in the right corner. Contepomi converts from the touchline.
Bristol 20-22 Gloucester

69 mins: Christophers is penalised for holding on to the ball after a superb tackle from Gloucester centre Robert Todd, and Mercier keeps his cool to extend the advantage.
Bristol 13-22 Gloucester

64 mins: Archer comes in at the side of a ruck and Mercier pushes Gloucester into a six-point lead with the resulting penalty.
Bristol 13-19 Gloucester

59 mins: Gloucester centre Terry Fanolua is denied a try as he is held up over the line by a superb tackle from Bristol flanker Michael Lipman.

58 mins: Bristol pull down a Gloucester line-out, and Mercier kicks to touch inside the Bristol 22.

54 mins: Bristol are penalised at a scrum five metres from their own line, but a nervous Mercier drags his kick wide of the posts.

51 mins: Paul launches a counter-attack with a neat chip and chase, but an unfortunate bounce sees Contepomi peg Gloucester back with a smart line kick.

49 mins: Bristol wing Jamie Williams shows blistering pace to beat O'Leary on the outside, but is brought back for a foot in touch.

42 mins: Gloucester are penalised for a late tackle, with the penalty awarded from where the ball lands from a Bristol kick. Scrum-half Agustin Pichot takes it quickly to catch the Gloucester defence napping and forces his way over for the try. Contepomi converts to bring Bristol right back into contention.
Bristol 13-16 Gloucester

41 mins: Bristol make a change for the second half with Scotland international Ross Beattie replacing Craig Short in the back row.


HT: Bristol 6-16 Gloucester

43 mins: Archer impedes Forrester as he tries to take a quick penalty close to the Bristol line, and then treads on the prone Gloucester flanker. Mercier lands the subsequent penalty to put his side in command at the interval.
Bristol 6-16 Gloucester

40 mins: Gloucester have a line-out metres from the Bristol line, but Forrester knocks on as the opportunity goes to waste.

36 mins: Gloucester score the first try of the afternoon through Jake Boer. Henry Paul's cut-out pass makes the extra man out wide and Collazo's inside pass puts the flanker over in the left corner. Mercier converts from the touchline.
Bristol 6-13 Gloucester

34 mins: Mercier is narrowly off-target with a drop goal attempt just inside the Bristol half.

32 mins: Collazo returns from the sin-bin.

32 mins: Gloucester wing Daren O'Leary breaks up a promising Bristol move and kicks ahead, but Best recovers to avert the danger.

30 mins: A series of tactical kicks from both sides finishes with Mercier booting Gloucester back into Bristol territory.

27 mins: Bristol lock Alex Brown wins a line-out on Gloucester's throw.

26 mins: Bristol wing Phil Christophers joins Collazo in the sin-bin for cynically holding back Tom Beim as Gloucester threaten a score.

25 mins: Gloucester flanker James Forrester steals a Bristol line-out in their own 22.

21 mins: Contepomi compounds Collazo's indiscretion by sending over the penalty to level the scores.
Bristol 6-6 Gloucester

20 mins: Gloucester's French prop Patrice Collazo is sin-binned for a late and high tackle on Bristol scrum-half Agustin Pichot.

18 mins: Bristol wheel another scrummage to keep the pressure on the favourites at the set-piece.

16 mins: Gloucester captain Phil Vickery is lectured by referee Roy Maybank for driving in at the scrummage.

14 mins: Gloucester are caught offside after a promising Bristol move, and Contepomi gets his side on the scoreboard with the penalty.
Bristol 3-6 Gloucester

11 mins: The Cherry-and-Whites drive deep into Bristol territory, where a half-break from scrum-half Andy Gomarsall draws another penalty. Mercier dispenses punishment.
Bristol 0-6 Gloucester

7 mins: Bristol full-back Lee Best collects a high ball and is clattered by Gloucester centre Terry Fanolua.

6 mins: Mercier is presented with another long-range penalty chance inside his own half, but this time puts the kick wide of the posts.

5 mins: A Contepomi break puts Bristol on the offensive, but lock Garath Archer loses possession in the tackle.

1 min: Gloucester are awarded an immediate chance to take the lead as Bristol are penalised at the ensuing scrummage on the halfway line. French fly-half Ludovic Mercier thumps over the penalty, via the crossbar.
Bristol 0-3 Gloucester

1 min: Bristol fly-half Felipe Contepomi kicks off straight into touch.


Bristol: L Best; J Williams, D Rees, J Little (capt), P Christophers; F Contepomi, A Pichot; D Crompton, N McCarthy, J White, G Archer, A Brown, C Short, M Lipman, B Sturnham.
Replacements: S Nelson, P Johnstone, A Sheridan, J Brownrigg, R Beattie, R Blake, S Drahm.

Gloucester: H Paul; D O'Leary, T Fanolua, R Todd, T Beim; L Mercier, A Gomarsall; P Collazo, O Azam, P Vickery (capt), R Fidler, E Pearce, J Boer, J Forrester, J Paramore.
Replacements: C Fortey, T Woodman, A Deacon, C Gillies, K Sewabu, D Yachvili, C Catling.

Referee: R Maybank (London).

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