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Posted Monday, December 31st 2018

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 35-28 Newcastle Falcons

Record crowd numbers, leading from the front and a sprinkling of stardust - Bristol Bears racked up some impressive statistics during Sunday's bonus-point victory over Newcastle Falcons.

Check out the pick of the numbers from a thrilling Gallagher Premiership clash.



The winning formula

Jordan Crane has started all four of Bristol Bear's Gallagher Premiership wins this season - against Bath, Harlequins, Leicester and Newcastle - and is yet to lose a league game in which he has featured.

The co-captain led from example at number eight, making 22 tackles (96%) and 15 carries as Bristol fought back from 10-20 down to win 35-28, with a bonus-point, in front of a bumper Ashton Gate crowd. 

One of Crane's many strong surges - he made 50 metres in the match - saw him bump off his opposite number, Calum Chick in the lead up to Luke Morahan's second-half try. 

Leader. 


Dan and dusted

This was comfortably Dan Thomas' most impressive display in the Gallagher Premiership, with the open-side drawing huge praise from the national media. 

Charlie Morgan from The Telegraph described his performance as 'irrepressible', while Steve James from The Times labelled him 'outstanding' - and the statistics would agree.

Thomas made 22 tackles (100%) and 12 carries in a superb individual showing from the flanker. 

Warrior. 


Prince Charles

Among a whole host of impressive individual displays, particularly in the second-half, one man stood head and shoulders above the rest. 

Charles Piutau's man of the match performance grabbed his side by scruff of the neck and hoisted them back into this harum-scarum contest with an inspired showing from full-back.

One try, two clean breaks, 141 metres, 10 defenders beaten and four tackles - this was a truly exceptional performance from the All Black.

Piutau crossed on 46 minutes to kick-start the Bristol revival, powering on to a short, delayed pass from Ian Madigan to touch down.

Stardust. 


Five-star, six-figure support

A bumper crowd of 18,429 saw Bristol Bears become the first side in the Gallagher Premiership to pass the 100,000 mark for home attendances, excluding games moved to Twickenham. 

It's a monumental effort from a loyal and passionate fanbase, and the everyone at Bristol Bears is hugely grateful for the support shown by the local community. 

Up the Bears!

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