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Posted Saturday, October 17th 2020

As it happened: RC Toulon 19-32 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears won their first European trophy as they beat French side Toulon in the Challenge Cup final in France.

Harry Randall's try after 15 seconds set the West Country club on their way to their first major honour since 1983.

Powerful Toulon hit back to lead 16-10 at the break but a resolute second-half effort from Pat Lam's men won the game.

Max Malins' well-worked try and Callum Sheedy's boot saw the Bears eventually earn a comfortable win in front of 1,000 spectators in Aix-en-Provence.

Re-live all of the action from Friday night's Challenge Cup final victory over Toulon at Stade Maurice-David, as we dissect the key moments.


1 min – 0-7 – TRY – Stunning start, as Bears go the length from the first kick off and Radradra and Leiua combine to send Randall over. Sheedy converts.

4 mins – 0-10 – PEN – Sheedy nails angled penalty to extend lead to ten points early on.

12 mins – 7-10 – TRY – Toulon hit back as Heem darts over in the corner after handling error in midfield from Bears.

17 mins – TRY DISALLOWED – 7-10 – Driving lineout and Thacker looks to have scored but try is ruled out for knock on as the hooker grounded the ball.

21 mins – PEN – 10-10 – Carbonel on target after Bears pinged for holding on.

26 mins – TRY DISALLOWED - Joyce dives over spectacularly in corner but Radradra's pass is adjudged forward in the build-up.

36 mins – PEN – 13-10 – Carbonel’s second penalty edges Toulon in front before half time

40 mins – PEN – 16-10 – Carbonel in the action again as Toulon take six-point lead into half-time.

HT: RC Toulon 16-10 Bristol Bears

48 mins – PEN – 16-13 – Sheedy's penalty makes it a three-point game in Aix-en-Provence.

52 mins – PEN – 19-13 – Carbonel cancels out Sheedy's effort and it's all to play for here.

55 mins – PEN – 19-16 – On target again, as Sheedy lands another penalty to make it a three-point game.

58 mins – PEN – 19-19 – All square in France, as Sheedy makes it 19-19. 

61 mins – TRY – 26-19 – Malins glides through the gap to score and send the Bears towards the title.

70 mins – PEN MISSED – Carbonel misses from long range

74 mins – PEN – 29-19 – Almost there - Sheedy gives the Bears a ten-point lead and they can smell the Challenge Cup title

77 mins – PEN – 32-19 - Game. Set. Match. Sheedy' completes 22-point haul for the night and the Bears are Challenge Cup champions.

FT: RC Toulon 19-32 Bristol Bears


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