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Posted Monday, June 14th 2021

Stat attack: Bears seal top spot

After sealing top spot in the Gallagher Premiership regular season and booking a home semi final against Harlequins, take a look back at some of the records that Pat Lam's Bears have smashed during the 2020/21 campaign.

Points mean prizes

The Bears' tally of 85 points in the Gallagher Premiership is the most ever recorded by the club, beating last season's total of 69. It is also the third highest in Premiership history, sitting behind Exeter (86 points, 2018/19) and Saracens (87 points, 2013/14).

On the front foot

A total of 17 wins in the Gallagher Premiership is the most ever by a Bristol side, eclipsing a previous best of 14, achieved during the 2006/07 and 2019/20 seasons. It's also the fewest number of defeats recorded during a regular season for the club - Pat Lam's side were beaten just four times in 22 league games, beating a previous best of seven, also in theย 2006/07 and 2019/20 seasons.

Watertight

In a season of broken records, one of the most satisfying for the Bears is the 379 points conceded - their fewest ever in Premiership history, beating 2006/07's previous best of 394. Only Exeter Chiefs (356) conceded fewer points during the 2020/21 regular season.

Lucky 13

Pat Lam's all-action Bears recorded 13 try bonus points during the 2020/21 season, blowing their previous best total of eight in 1999/00 and 2019/20 out of the water. The Bears scored 75 tries during a record-breaking campaign, just one fewer than last season's total, but with the final game of this season lost to Covid-19.

Can I kick it?

Of the 75 tries scored during the 2020/21 campaign, 57 of them were converted by a combination of Callum Sheedy, Ioan Lloyd, Max Malins, Tiff Eden and Sam Bedlow. It's the most conversions kicked by a Bristol side during the regular season, beating the 54 landed in 1999/00. On the flipside, the number of tries scored and bonus points earned meant fewer penalties being kicked at goal. The 24 successfully slotted this season is the club's lowest ever - previous lowest was 27 in 2008/09.


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