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London Wasps flattered only to deceive at Bristol where they crashed to a fifth consecutive defeat in the Premiership. At the interval they trailed by a single point but soon afterwards led at 15-9, but they were up against a team playing their best rugby of the season.
Two early penalties pushed the home side six points in front until a reply from Kenny Logan put Wasps on the scoresheet. Then they went ahead when Joe Worsley crossed for a try which Logan failed to convert and at this stage, it was still anybody's game. Just before half-time a drop goal from Shane Drahm restored Bristol's lead and they went in at 9-8.
A minute after the re-start Wasps grabbed the lead again as Fraser Waters got over the line and Logan added the points. Immediately, the London side were forced to defend desperately on their own line and within five minutes gave away a penalty try plus a penalty and Bristol went ahead at 19-15.
Bristol coach Dean Ryan sent on substitute Luke Nabaro, a flying winger just returned from injury, and he scored an impressive try, duly converted, to put his side 11 points clear. Bristol kept the pressure on and Felipe Contepomi added a brace of tries, converted both and kicked a penalty, and Bristol were delighted to be picking up a bonus point for the league table with their four tries.
On the minus side, they have given away 105 points at home, and that's more than any of the other 11 Premier clubs. Former All Black prop Craig Dowd was worked over the line for a try in injury time but the final score of 43-22 was little consolation for the Wasps.