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‘It was gutting to lose late on’ – Joyce

Lightning Jaz Joyce crossed the chalk on three occasions against Chiefs on Saturday afternoon as the Bears came up just short in the South West derby.

The Welsh speedster once again demonstrated why she is one of the deadliest finishers in world rugby. With speed to burn and devastating footwork, she made light work of three tries in which the shortest distanced she finished from was 40 metres.

Joyce was disappointed to lose the game after the Bears had got their noses in front late on via the boot of Elinor Snowsill, but Garnet Mackinder’s flying finish with five minutes left on the clock ensured the Chiefs returned down the M5 with all five points.

“It was 100% an entertaining game. Both teams were in it right the way through, we were exchanging penalties and tries - it was absolutely gutting to lose. It was a great game to be involved and an exciting one for the fans to watch at home.

“There wasn’t much between the two sides. For us it couldn’t have been belief or trust in one another, even the relentlessness we built up towards the end and Exeter matched it and I felt we were unlucky to miss out at the end.

“I am absolutely loving playing with these girls at the moment. They’re doing the work to put me into space and all I am doing is running fast to score. I’m really enjoying playing here at Bristol Bears a lot at the moment.

“We’re already excited for the next game because we’ve shown what we can do here today.

“It’s just about improving those small details that will make the difference. We’ve got two big training sessions now in the week and then we’re into a big test away to Loughborough.”


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