- Gallagher Premiership
- Friday, January 29th 2021
- Ashton Gate
Will Carpenter reports from Ashton Gate
Report: Bristol Bears 48-3 Bath Rugby
Saturday, January 30th 2021
Bristol Bears delivered an exhibition of attacking rugby to dispatch local rivals Bath in record-breaking style at Ashton Gate for the second successive season.
It was a biggest-ever Premiership win, and a biggest-ever win over Bath for Pat Lam’s men, who ran in five first-half tries to storm into a 34-3 lead at the interval, as Luke Morahan, Charles Piutau, Andy Uren and a Bryan Byrne double blew Bath away in a breathtaking 40-minute spell.
It was more of the same after the break, as man of the match Andy Uren’s flat pass allowed Semi Radradra the opportunity to weave his magic across the Ashton Gate turf and race in from 60 metres.
Will Capon looked to have grabbed a seventh, but after consultation with the TMO, referee Wayne Barnes switched his decision to a penalty try.
After a scintillating 54 minutes, the remaining 26 went scoreless, but it mattered not to the Bears, who stay top of the Gallagher Premiership with a sixth successive league win.
As they had done on the opening day of the 2019/20 season, Bristol started at a rate of knots. Ioan Lloyd, on his first Premiership start at fly-half, floated a pinpoint pass into the hands of a grateful Luke Morahan, who scored in the right-hand corner – as he did on the opening day of the 2019/20 season.
Three minutes later, the Bears were at it again. O’Conor with the smoothest of outside breaks, Morahan in support and Piutau rounding off a stylish score.
Rhys Priestland landed a long-range penalty to get Bath on the board, before Lloyd cancelled his effort out with his first successful kick of the night.
Uren grabbed the hosts’ third, sniping down the short side from a lineout drive, selling a dummy and stepping inside to touch down.
Priestland was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knock-on, slapping down Vui’s pass to a wide open Luatua – and the Bears took full advantage with a quick-fire double.
Both tries went to Byrne – the first after it appeared the chance had been blown, only for Piutau’s magical step and offload to send the hooker over.
The second was more straight forward, courtesy of driving lineout, and the home side were in full control.
Radradra’s glorious solo score, leaving Joseph and de Glanville in his wake, took the score past 40 points, and the 54th-minute penalty try, which saw Josh Bayliss sent to the sin bin completed the scoring as the Bears made it six straight wins in the Gallagher Premiership.
Bristol: C Piutau (Leiua 60); Morahan, Radradra, O'Conor, Purdy; Lloyd (Sheedy 57), Uren; Woolmore (Y Thomas 48), Byrne (Capon 48), Afoa (Armstrong 48), Attwood, Vui (Holmes 60), Luatua (c) (Heenan 62), D Thomas, Hughes.
Replacements: Capon, Y Thomas, Armstrong, Holmes, Heenan, Kessell, Sheedy, Leiua.
Bath: de Glanville; McConnochie, Joseph, Matavesi, Hamer-Webb; Priestland, Spencer; Schoeman, Dunn, Judge, McNally (c), Stooke, Bayliss, Reid, Mercer
Replacements: Walker, Bhatti, Thomas, Williams, Faletau, Chudley, Redpath, Cokanasiga.
Bristol Bears: Tries: Morahan 6, Piutau 9, Uren 29, Byrne 36, 39, Radradra 44, Penalty 54. Cons: Lloyd 29, 36, 39, 44. Pens: Lloyd 20
Bath Rugby: Pens: Priestland 18
Yellow: Priestland 33, Bayliss 54
A blistering start saw Luke Morahan and Charles Piutau touch down inside nine minutes, but the killer blow was struck by man of the match, Andy Uren.
After Bath has opened their account with a Priestland penalty, Uren sniped down the short side and stepped off his right foot to score the slickest of tries.
Bristol. Are. Relentless. 👊— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) January 29, 2021
The feet on Andy Uren 🥵
Literally running away with it 🏃♂️💨 pic.twitter.com/PYjyDgqtXa
Pat Lam reaction
🗣️ "Imagine the noise, the singing... it would have been hard to get them out of the stadium!"— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) January 29, 2021
Pat Lam says he knows the supporters will have enjoyed the derby win 👇 pic.twitter.com/sqluYAY71i
Man of the match: Andy Uren
A try and an eye-catching performance from the Bears' Bristolian number nine.
Uren was a class above for the home side, controlling the game and beating seven defenders along the way.
Social media reaction
Bristol. Absolutely sensational. Skills. Speed. Power. Ambition. Vision. Aggression. Cohesion. Wonderful team to watch - must be even better to play for. They’re having a lot of fun, unlike Bath...— Chris Foy (@FoyChris) January 29, 2021
Enjoyable 🙂— Jon Lansdown (@JonLansdown) January 29, 2021
Up the 🐻s 🔵🔴 https://t.co/tVCvpo8MXQ
2⃣0⃣1⃣7⃣ - W— Bristol Bears (@BristolBears) January 29, 2021
2⃣0⃣1⃣8⃣ - W
2⃣0⃣1⃣9⃣ - W
2⃣0⃣2⃣1⃣ - W
We did it again 😜 pic.twitter.com/GmXqoDyeQd
And has there ever been an overseas player of such sustained passion and excellence as John Afoa? May not go full 80 any more but what a player.— Stephen Jones (@stephenjones9) January 29, 2021
- Piutau, Morahan, Radradra, Uren, Byrne (2)
- Lloyd (4)
- Yellow Cards:
- Yellow Cards:
- Priestland, Bayliss