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Will Carpenter


Posted Tuesday, May 21st 2019

Stat attack: 2018/19 season round-up

In a memorable season for Bristol Bears, find out who topped the stats charts in a number of key categories as Pat Lam's side secured a ninth place finish in their first season back in the Gallagher Premiership.

Thack the lad

What a season from Harry Thacker, whose maiden campaign in Bristol Bears colours has seen him quickly become a fans' favourite at Ashton Gate.

The dynamic hooker, who joined the club from Leicester Tigers during the summer of 2018, topped the Bristol Bears charts in three categories in a blockbuster season. 

Thacker was the club's joint leading try scorer in the Gallagher Premiership with seven, alongside Alapati Leiua, including a second-half hat-trick against Wasps and a brace against his former club, Leicester Tigers.

He also topped the charts with 224 carries and 227 tackles in 21 league appearances.


Cool hand Luke

A shoulder injury ruled Luke Morahan out of the final four rounds of the Gallagher Premiership season, but it didn't stop the fleet-footed Australian from topping the side's league metre charts.

Morahan, who also scored six tries, made an impressive 987 metres in just 16 games, as well as making the joint most clean breaks - 27 - level with fellow wing, Alapati Leiua, who also enjoyed a sensational campaign for Pat Lam's side. 

Add in 45 defenders beaten - the second most in the squad, behind Charles Piutau - and you've got a remarkable maiden season in English rugby's top flight.

Pace ace.

Master and apprentice

When it come to affecting turnovers, Dan Thomas had the perfect mentor in Australia legend George Smith.

One of the greatest players to play the sport, Smith's impact on Thomas' game helped the young Welshman become a permanent fixture in Pat Lam's side during a breakthrough campaign.

Fittingly, Thomas and Smith shared the turnover mantle for the Gallagher Premiership season with 16 turnovers won.


Just beat it

An injury-hit first season at the club for Charles Piutau, but when fit and firing, the All Black flyer has been simply irresistible. 

So much so that in just 11 Gallagher Premiership appearances, Piutau crossed for six tries to make him the club's joint second highest try scorer in the league. 

But the most impressive stats are probably the least surprising. Piutau beat 55 defenders in just 11 outings - 10 more than the club's next highest - as well as making 960 metres


Point of Vui

Chris Vui ruled the skies for Bristol Bears in the Gallagher Premiership this season, winning 70 lineouts in 16 appearances.

The Samoa captain 176 carries and 190 tackles during a stellar campaign, earning a host of plaudits along the way.


All Black everything

Steven Luatua has been directly involved in 22 breaks in the Gallagher Premiership this season, making 12 breaks himself and providing a further 10 break assist passes, more than any other forward.

The All Black forward has also made 207 tackles (second most in squad) and 177 carries (third most) and has been nominated for the Gallagher Premiership player of the season.