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Bristol Rugby 21-36 Wasps – Bristol relegated to Aviva Premiership

Monday, 17 April 2017 :  Bristol have been relegated to the Championship with two games left to play after a brave defeat by ruthless Premiership leaders Wasps.

Jason Woodward’s try put them ahead but Josh Bassett, Tommy Taylor and Joe Simpson scored as Wasps went in ahead.

Christian Wade, Guy Thompson and Bassett went over for the visitors for a bonus point, which deflated Bristol.

The hosts rallied, Jack O’Connell and Nick Fenton-Wells touching down, but it could not stop them from going down.

Having finished top of the Championship in five seasons before finally winning promotion in the play-offs last year, Bristol will return to the second-tier at the first time of asking.

After Worcester’s win over Bath on Saturday, Mark Tainton’s Bristol needed two points from the game to prolong their relegation battle, but they lacked a clinical streak.

It leaves them 12 points adrift at the bottom of the table, with a maximum of 10 points on offer from their final two matches.

Wasps were far from at their best, on the back foot for much of the game, but have restored their five-point lead at the top and need one win from their last two to secure a home semi-final in the play-offs.

The Premiership’s top try-scorer Wade, on his 100th appearance for Dai Young’s side, did his England hopes no harm with his 16th score of the campaign.

Source : Internet

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