• Gallagher Premiership
  • Saturday, October 30th 2021
  • Brentford Community Stadium
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Match Report

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter reports from Brentford Community Stadium

Posted Saturday, October 30th 2021

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Report: London Irish 33-45 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears ran in five tries and overcame three first-half yellow cards to earn a first away win of the season at London Irish.

Pat Lam’s side struck three times in six minutes to storm into a 19-0 lead inside 18 minutes, as maiden Premiership tries from Toby Fricker and Jack Bates followed Jake Heenan’s close-range effort.

But momentum quickly swung towards the hosts, as James Stokes’ try was followed by three yellow cards in eight minutes, with Heenan, Charles Piutau and Andy Uren all seeing yellow in quick succession.

Mike Willemse powered over to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half time, before Matt Rogerson levelled the scores early in the second period.

But Albert Tuisue’s yellow card for a high tackle on the outstanding Fitz Harding opened the door for the Bears – and they duly obliged. First Piers O’Conor spun out of a tackle to touch down for the bonus point, and after Sam Jeffries saw his try chalked off, Harding’s sensational offload sent Harry Thacker over with his first touch of the match.

Sheedy landed two penalties to extend the lead further, and despite late tries from Terence Hepetema and Kyle Rowe, Sheedy’s fourth three-pointer sealed a much-needed win on the road.

London Irish: Parton, Stokes, Rona, Van Rensburg, Hassell-Collins, Jackson, Phipps; Goodrick-Clarke, Willemse, Hoskins, Mafi, Simmons, Rogerson (c), Curtis-Harris, Tuisue.

Replacements: Creevy, Dever, Van der Merwe, Nott, Cooke, White, Hepetema, Rowe.

Bristol Bears: Piutau, Morahan, Bates, O'Conor, Fricker, Sheedy, Uren; Thomas, Kerr, Afoa, Attwood (cc), Joyce, Jeffries, Heenan (cc), Harding.

Replacements: Thacker, Lahiff, Armstrong, Hawkins, Thomas, Whiteley, Lloyd, Leiua.



Pat Lam reaction


Jack Bates reaction


London Irish

Tries:
Stokes, Willemse, Rogerson, Hepetema, Rowe
Conversions
Jackson (4)
Penalties:
Yellow Cards:
Tuisue

Bristol Bears

Tries:
Bates, O'Conor, Fricker, Heenan, Thacker
Conversions:
Sheedy (4)
Penalties:
Sheedy (4)
Yellow Cards:
Piutau, Uren, Heenan
  • KO: 3PM
  • Att: 0
  • Venue: Brentford Community Stadium
  • Ref: Matthew Carley

London Irish

  • Tom Parton
  • James Stokes
  • Curtis Rona
  • Benhard Janse van Rensburg
  • Ollie Hassell-Collins
  • Paddy Jackson
  • Nick Phipps
  • William Goodrick-Clarke
  • Mike Willemse
  • Oli Hoskins
  • Steve Mafi
  • Rob Simmons
  • Matt Rogerson
  • Isaac Curtis-Harris
  • Albert Tuisue

Substitutes

  • Agustin Creevy
  • Jamie Dever
  • Marcel van der Merwe
  • George Nott
  • Jack Cooke
  • Ben White
  • Terrence Hepetema
  • Kyle Rowe

Bristol Bears

  • Charles Piutau
  • Luke Morahan
  • Jack Bates
  • Piers O'Conor
  • Toby Fricker
  • Callum Sheedy
  • Andy Uren
  • Yann Thomas
  • Jake Kerr
  • John Afoa
  • Dave Attwood
  • Joe Joyce
  • Sam Jeffries
  • Jake Heenan
  • Fitz Harding

Substitutes

  • Harry Thacker
  • Max Lahiff
  • Jake Armstrong
  • John Hawkins
  • Daniel Thomas
  • Tom Whiteley
  • Ioan Lloyd
  • Alapati Leiua

Match Overview

Scorers

London Irish

  • Stokes
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  • Jackson
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  • Willemse
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  • Rogerson
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  • Hepetema
  • ,
  • Rowe

Bristol Bears

  • Bates
  • ,
  • O'Conor
  • ,
  • Fricker
  • ,
  • Sheedy (4)
  • ,
  • Heenan
  • ,
  • Thacker

Yellow Cards

London Irish

  • Tuisue

Bristol Bears

  • Piutau
  • ,
  • Uren
  • ,
  • Heenan

Line Up

London Irish

  • Parton
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  • Stokes
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  • Rona
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  • Janse van Rensburg
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  • Hassell-Collins
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  • Jackson
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  • Phipps
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  • Goodrick-Clarke
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  • Willemse
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  • Hoskins
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  • Mafi
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  • Simmons
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  • Rogerson
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  • Curtis-Harris
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  • Tuisue
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  • Creevy
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  • Dever
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  • van der Merwe
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  • Nott
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  • Cooke
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  • White
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  • Hepetema
  • ,
  • Rowe

Bristol Bears

  • Piutau
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  • Morahan
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  • Bates
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  • O'Conor
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  • Fricker
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  • Sheedy
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  • Uren
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  • Thomas
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  • Kerr
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  • Afoa
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  • Attwood
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  • Joyce
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  • Jeffries
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  • Heenan
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  • Harding
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  • Thacker
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  • Lahiff
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  • Armstrong
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  • Hawkins
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  • Thomas
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  • Whiteley
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  • Lloyd
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  • Leiua