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Will Carpenter


Posted Monday, November 11th 2019

Luatua dedicates win to fallen heroes

Steven Luatua dedicated Bristol Bears’ last-gasp victory over Exeter Chiefs to members of the Armed Forces, past and present, after Dan Thomas’ try completed a remarkable comeback at Sandy Park.

Players and supporters from both sides marked the Remembrance weekend with a beautifully organised and observed pre-match ceremony, and Bristol captain Luatua paid tribute at the final whistle.

“You mention the word courage, but for us, we’re just doing our jobs, courage was all the guys who fought in World War One and World War Two, that’s why we are here today, so thank you to all of the armed services, past and present,” he said.

“It was a tough ask, but at half time the message was pretty calm from everyone. We all knew that, if we just did our jobs, we could come away with the result. It took us the whole 40 minutes of the second half, and we came away with the result.

“Thank you to our Bristol Braves for the support and always shouting for us.”

The result sends Bristol top of the Gallagher Premiership after the first block of league fixtures - and Luatua has urged his side to take their momentum into the European Challenge Cup campaign, which kicks off against Zebre at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

“It was one of goals coming into today (to be top of the table) after yesterday’s results.

“We came here to try and get a win, we did that, and it’s pleasing to see, at the end of it all, that we’re at the top of the table. So, we’ll regroup, looking to Europe next week.”