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Posted Saturday, September 26th 2020

Luatua dedicates semi final victory to supporters

Captain Steven Luatua dedicated Friday night's extra-time semi final victory over Bordeaux to the club's supporters, after the Bears fought back from 13-0 down to snatch a dramatic win and book a place in their first ever European final.

Luatua touched down on the stroke of half time to kick-start the Bears' fightback at Ashton Gate, before Max Malins and the boot of Callum Sheedy sent the tie to extra time.

But replacement, Piers O'Conor and another for Malins sealed the deal in the first half of overtime - and Luatua hailed 'a whole club effort' for getting them over the line.

"Very blessed to be a part of this team and tracking the way we are, to be part of this journey. Just very blessed to be in the finals now," he said.

"We came out here with a game plan to run the ball, and we live and die by the sword. In the first half, it wasn't really coming our way, but all in all, I think extra time worked in our favour. We tried to run them around the park today and eventually we scored in extra time.

"Bordeaux are a really physical team, great at the breakdown and we lost a few battles there today that we will have to address in the coming weeks.

"We're pretty gutted not to have fans here - we worked hard to earn home quarter and semi finals, but we want to let them know that we play our hearts out for them, as much as our families, our friends and the guys in the locker room - they are all as much a part of this journey as the guys in those shirts. So, thank you to them, one more to go."


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