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Will Carpenter


Posted Saturday, March 2nd 2019

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 28-24 Gloucester Rugby

Dan the man, Point of Vui and a case for the defence - check out the best of the match stats from Friday's victory over Gloucester.

Dan the man

A man of the match performance from Bristol's rising star on the openside flank, delivering the goods on the biggest stage against his former club.

Dan Thomas was the game's standout player against a stellar Gloucester back-row, having a huge impact in attack and defence as part of a memorable Bristol win.

Thomas got the hosts off to a flyer when he applied the finishing touches to a scintillating counter attack, before earning a crucial penalty for his side on the stroke of half-time as Gloucester looked to edge themselves ahead at the interval.

A rampant display saw Thomas make 23 tackles (96%), seven carries for 31 metres, two turnovers and score the game's opening try.

The flanker left the field on 68 minutes with an injury, but departed to a standing ovation from the Ashton Gate faithful, before watching his side hold on for a crucial league win.


Point of Vui

Chris Vui's value to this Bristol Bears side cannot be underestimated - and the Samoa captain was at his industrious best during Friday night's thriller. 

The second-row made a remarkable 25 tackles (96%), missing just one throughout a superb 80-minute display, as Bristol's defence held off a physical Gloucester side. 


Case for the defence

As they have done throughout the Gallagher Premiership campaign, Bristol Bears scored two more sensational tries at Ashton Gate on Friday night - but this was a result built on the tenacity and aggression of the home side's defence. 

Pat Lam's side, with a defence led by John Muldoon, made 223 tackles to Gloucester's 110 - more than 50% more than the visitors - to earn a crucial home win.