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Posted Monday, December 10th 2018

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 22-35 La Rochelle

Bristol Bears enjoyed more possession and territory, but still finished up on the wrong end of a 22-35 scoreline against La Rochelle at Ashton Gate.

Check out the best of the stats from Saturday's European Challenge Cup clash. 



I've got the Powell

On his first European start for Bristol Bears, Academy back, Charlie Powell topped the metre charts with 98 metres from nine carries.

The 18-year-old, who lined up on the left wing against the Top 14 high-flyers, capped an impressive showing with a 77th-minute try to earn his side a bonus-point at Ashton Gate.

He also had a hand in Jake Heenan's 20th-minute score, taking an outside arc from a set-piece move to get Bristol in behind the La Rochelle defence, before the ball eventually reached Heenan on the opposite side.

Powell latched on to a deft offload from Piers O'Conor to race in from 50 metres for his first senior try on a memorable afternoon for the teenager. 

Rising star.


Hurrell-cane

On his 50th competitive appearance for Bristol, Will Hurrell put in another industrious display in the midfield. 

The barnstorming centre made a match-high 20 carries before being replaced on 67 minutes, as well as nine tackles.

Workhorse. 


Off the hook

Bristol Bears found themselves on the wrong end of a 22-35 scoreline at Ashton Gate, but it wasn't for a lack of possession or territory.

In fact, Pat Lam's side enjoyed the lion's share of both, with 59% territory and 21 minutes 52 seconds in possession, compared to La Rochelle's 14 minutes 10 seconds.

After the game, Lam said missed opportunities had cost his side - and the stats would agree, with La Rochelle displaying a ruthless streak.

Clinical.


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