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Posted Thursday, October 22nd 2020

Stat attack: 2019/20 season

Chart toppers, Piutau the unstoppable force and a season of firsts. Check out the best of the team and players stats from a rollercoaster 2019/20 season for the Bears.


Chart toppers

A dominant season on then field inevitably led to some impressive statistical returns for the Bears - with Pat Lam's men leading the way in five team categories at the end of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership campaign.

Metres made: 10,543 (1st) - next best was Exeter Chiefs with 8,671

Carries: 2,920 (1st) - next best was Exeter Chiefs with 2,898

Clean breaks: 273 (1st) - next best was Wasps with 221

Defenders beaten: 589 (1st) - next best was Wasps with 529

Most passes: 4,007 (1st) - next best was Saints with 3,253


Piutau the unstoppable force

Charles Piutau strengthened his reputation as one of the most dangerous attacking forces in World rugby with another sensational season for the Bears.

The All Black dynamo, one of the most thrilling players ever to wear the club's colours, topped the Gallagher Premiership attacking charts for metres made (1,477) and finished second behind teammate Nathan Hughes for defenders beaten (72 - Hughes beat 77).

In all competitions, Piutau made an incredible 1,745 metres from 19 appearances - an average of 91.8 per game - and beat 85 defenders, as well as scoring three tries. Piutau also topped the Bears charts for carries (247).

Elite.


A season of firsts

First play-off appearance for 13 years - check. Most league points in the Premiership - check. First ever league doubles over Bath and Gloucester - check. First European final - check. First European trophy - check.

And that's just the pick of the bunch. It's been a remarkable season for Pat Lam's Bears, just two seasons into their top-flight resurgence. The European Challenge Cup win was just the icing on the cake for the Bears, who will head into next season looking to go one better, domestically and in Europe, where they will compete in the Heineken Champions Cup.


Semi season

Despite only arriving at the club for the second half of the season, Semi Radradra made an impact and some in just 10 starts for the Bears.

The Fijian made an incredible 968 metres in 11 appearances (10 starts, one from the bench), as well as beating 36 defenders and scoring three tries.

Impact.


The lineout King

Chris Vui is one the most important cogs in the Bears machine - no more so than at lineout time.

The Samoan powerhouse won a remarkable 92 lineouts in the Gallagher Premiership in 2019/20, as well as making five steals - topping the Bears charts in both categories.

High flyer.Β 


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