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Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter writes

Posted Sunday, March 24th 2019

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 25-27 Worcester Warriors

Fast starters, possession dominance and cool hand Luke Morahan - check out the best of the match stats from Saturday's defeat to Worcester Warriors.

Quick out of the blocks

For the fourth successive Gallagher Premiership fixture, Bristol Bears were quick out of the blocks to score a try within the first ten minutes.

The penalty try against Worcester, off the back of two surging drives at the lineout, followed Joe Batley's fifth-minute opener at Northampton Saints, Dan Thomas' third-minute try versus Gloucester and Charles Piutau's tenth-minute score against Harlequins at the Stoop.

But on this occasion, Bristol were unable to maintain the pressure as Worcester fought back to take a six-point lead into the half-time interval.

Cool hand Luke

Luke Morahan has impressed since his return from injury - and the Aussie flyer took just 15 minutes to make his mark on this fixture when he rounded off a sweeping handling move with an acrobatic finish in the right-hand corner. 

Morahan made 100 metres from 11 carries but was unable to fire his side to a third league win on the bounce. 


One that got away

Bristol will certainly reflect on this as a game that got away, having dominated possession, territory and running metres at Ashton Gate.

Pat Lam's side enjoyed 63% territory and 65% possession, as well as making 482 metres compared to Worcester's 234 metres

But a clinical first-half from the Warriors fired the visitors to a narrow win.