BRISTOL’S individual brilliance edged this ferocious contest which will be remembered more for the furore of the finale.
Leicester’s memorable comeback fell just short as the teams finished in a mass brawl following a dispute over front row substitutions.
The match had become increasingly fraught as 6,500 Leicester fans roared on their dominant pack.
Referee Ian Tempest repeatedly penalised Bristol and eventually yellow-carded substitute prop Nahuel Chaparro.
This decision triggered a touchline debate which became bad tempered as team bosses Steve Borthwick and Pat Lam joined the fray.
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