Kieran Brookes WAR HIT sets up opening try in frantic start between Wasps and Bristol in today's semi final showdown
By Rugby Onslaught

Kieran Brookes WAR HIT sets up opening try in frantic start between Wasps and Bristol in today’s semi final showdown

It was a frenetic start at the Ricoh Arena in the opening quarter of today’s Premiership semi-final between Wasps and Bristol and Kieran Brookes was the star man in the build-up to the opening score of the game.

Bristol were looking to play the ball quickly at every opportunity as they stretched the Wasps defence wide from right to the left but the 130kg prop was having absolutely none of it with this monster tackle in the 7th minute of play.

There is a limited crowd at the Ricoh today but it sounded like it was at capacity as the Wasps bench erupted with cheers following the bone-crunching shot from Brookes.

The hosts won a penalty off of this hit and were able to poke it into the corner through the boot of Jacob Umaga.

They were then able to take the lead off of the resulting lineout after this lovely chip through from Dan Robson.

As it stands the score stands at 13-5 after the Bears hit back with a try in the corner from Luke Morahan.

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