Northampton back row Nick Isiekwe pulled Saints back into the game with a try on the stroke of half-time

Gallagher Premiership
Northampton Saints (7) 21
Tries: Isiekwe, Furbank Con: Grayson Pens: Grayson 3
Bristol Bears (14) 28
Tries: Purdy, Naulago, Morahan, Uren Cons: Eden 2, Bedlow 2

Bristol extended their lead at the top of Premiership but needed two late tries to beat Northampton.

First-half tries from Henry Purdy and Siva Naulago looked to have put the Bears in control at Franklin’s Gardens.

A score on the stroke of half-time from Nick Isiekwe kept Saints in touch and George Furbank’s try on 58 minutes put them into the lead.

But two tries in a minute late on from Luke Morahan and Andy Uren sealed Bristol’s bonus-point win.

Northampton stay fifth after Sale’s win, while Bristol extend their lead over Exeter.

More to follow.

Northampton: Furbank; Proctor, Dingwall, Hutchinson, Freeman; Grayson, James; Waller (capt), Matavesi, Hill, Coles, Ratuniyarawa, Isiekwe, Wood, Harrison.

Replacements: Haywood, Auterac, Painter, Moon, Tonks, Taylor, Francis, Mallinder,

Bristol: Purdy; Adeolokun, O’Conor, Leiua, Naulago; Eden, Uren; Y Thomas, Byrne, Afoa, Joyce, Vui, Luatua (capt), D Thomas, Hughes.

Replacements: Capon, Woolmore, Lahiff, Holmes, Harding, Kessell, Bedlow, Morahan.

Referee: Tom Foley