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Posted Monday, February 24th 2020

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 13-10 Worcester Warriors

Piutau a cut above, Hughes in overdrive and a monkey off the back. Check out the best of the match stats from Sunday's Gallagher Premiership victory over Worcester Warriors.


Stardust

Another extraordinary performance from a once in a generation Bristol player - Charles Piutau was absolutely sensational against Worcester on Sunday.

The dazzling All Black made an incredible 181 metres, three clean breaks and beat a quite ridiculous 14 defenders in a man of the match display at Ashton Gate. It takes him past 1,000 metres for the season in nine appearances.

In fact, Piutau has now made 1,049 metres in the Gallagher Premiership this season - 243 more than any other player in the league, despite playing just nine games. He has also beaten 50 defenders, putting him second behind Nathan Hughes (52).

Within those numbers, Piutau played a key hand in Luke Morahan's first half try on Sunday, collecting Randall's offload and giving the killer pass to the supporting Wallaby.


Wrecking ball

Nathan Hughes continued his fine form at Ashton Gate with another barnstorming display at number eight on Sunday.

The England international made 103 metres from 26 carries, beating six defenders and making nine tackles (100%).

It's the second time this season that Hughes has surpassed 100 metres with ball in hand, and he now sits third in the league in that category, behind Taqele Naiyaravaro and his teammate, Charles Piutau.

Hughes has now also beaten more defenders (52) than any other player in the Gallagher Premiership this season.


Monkey off the back

Sunday's victory over Worcester ended a run of three straight defeats at the hands of the Warriors, and was just Bristol's second in eight games against them.

It now means that since rebranding, Bristol Bears have now beaten every other Premiership side at least once, with Worcester being the final piece of the puzzle.


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