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Posted Monday, December 2nd 2019

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 27-27 London Irish

Piutau the world beater, Thacker on the charge and home comforts. Check out the best of the match stats from Sunday's Gallagher Premiership draw with London Irish.


World beater

After just 30 minutes of action, Charles Piutau had already racked up more than 100 running metres and beaten nine defenders.

The All Black sensation was in rampant form at Ashton Gate on Sunday, finishing up with an astonishing 201 metres from 25 carries, as well as 12 defenders beaten, two clean breaks and beautifully finished second-half try.

Piutau set the tone as early as the fourth minute when he broke from inside his own 22, before stepping and fending his way into London Irish territory and stabbing through a well-weighted kick.

For his try, the full back fed Fricker on the outside before racing up in support, as some deft handling from Piers O'Conor freed up Piutau for his seventh Premiership try for the Bears.


Thack attack

Not far behind man of the match, Charles Piutau, was the Bears dynamo hooker, Harry Thacker who put in an eye-catching display for Pat Lam's side.

Thacker racked up 98 metres and beat an incredible nine defenders, as well as registering a try and an assist - unbelievable stats from a front row forward, but then again, Thacker isn't your average number two.

After racing clear and locating Nathan Hughes with a slick offload early in the second half, Thacker was at it again with a surging break through the middle in the build up to Ed Holmes' impressive try.

And to cap an outstanding performance, Thacker went over for Bears' bonus-point try two minutes from time, only for for Stephen Myler to snatch a draw for Irish even later on.


Home comforts

Both Pat Lam and Joe Joyce admitted it was a disappointed dressing room after a late London Irish penalty denied the Bears a bonus-point win at Ashton Gate.

But despite the draw, it's now more than eight months since Bristol lost a game at Ashton Gate, stretching back to March 23, 2019 against Worcester.

That's eight games unbeaten in BS3 - and although Sunday's draw wasn't the result Bristol were looking for, it extends a proud home record.


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