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Posted Monday, November 19th 2018

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 29-31 Exeter Chiefs

Charles Piutau had a major impact on his Gallagher Premiership debut for Bristol Bears, while Callum Sheedy's goal-kicking was another positive for Bristol Bears on Sunday. 



Prince Charles

Charles Piutau's highly- anticipated Gallagher Premiership debut for Bristol Bears lived up to the hype, with the scintillating full-back topping the metres chart during Sunday's clash.

Piutau made a game-high 81 metres from 17 carries, which was the most by a Bristol Bears player. 

And the 27-year-old's debut was capped with a superb individual score, taking a quick-tap penalty five metres out and wrestling his way past a wall of Exeter Chiefs' defenders to touch down.

Dazzling.


Tackling numbers

For the second week running, live-wire back-row forward, Dan Thomas was the Bears' top tackler.

Thomas topped the charts with 17 tackles, following on from his impressive tally of 21 against Wasps - and he also made seven carries during another typically industrious display in the number seven shirt. 

Workhorse. 


O captain my captain

Callum Sheedy has really grown into his captaincy role at Bristol Bears, and the young fly-half led from the front once again on Sunday.

Sheedy kicked seven out eight attempts at goal (87.5%) - five penalties and two conversions - to finish with a 19-point haul against the unbeaten Chiefs, earning himself the club's man of the match award.

But it wasn't just in attack that Sheedy impressed, making 14 tackles as Bristol battled to repel Rob Baxter's men.

Leader.


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