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Will Carpenter


Posted Saturday, October 19th 2019

Morahan hails Bears execution in derby demolition

Two-try Luke Morahan saluted his side’s accuracy and execution in tough conditions, as Bristol Bears delivered a devastating second-half display to dispatch local rivals Bath in front of a record crowd at Ashton Gate.

The Australian wing scored first and last in a seven-try demolition, as Bristol kicked off the new Gallagher Premiership campaign in emphatic style.

And Morahan praised his side for ‘doing the simple things well’.

“It’s something we’ve been working towards, but for it to come off like that, especially in that second half, it’s pretty pleasing in the first game,” he said.

“I don’t think the final scoreline shows what the game was really about. They put us under a lot of pressure most of the way through the game and I think we stuck in there.

“We had a plan for the last 20 minutes to really put it to them, and I think we did that, which was pleasing.

“It was great to see a sell-out crowd here. To have a big crowd last year and then another this year, and to get two good results, it’s something we want to do.

“We want to inspire the community here and we’re doing that. Two years in a row now we’ve pretty much sold out, and hopefully we’ll see a few more this year.

“I’m ecstatic. We’ve worked for many weeks for this game. For a game plan to really come off like it is really pleasing, but it’s the first round so plenty more to go.

“It’s always nice to get off to a good start. Right from the kick-off we put them under pressure with some good defence and then capitalised on the territory we had there with an early try.

“It was a close game, there was a lot of toing and froing, but we had a game plan and stuck to our basics of doing the simple things well.”