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Posted Monday, October 1st 2018

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 40-45 Northampton Saints

From faultless goal-kicking to a marathon midfield effort, Bristol Bears' players put in some impressive individual performances, as Pat Lam's men fell to a narrow defeat in an enthralling Gallagher Premiership clash.



Impeccable Sheedy

Called into action at the last minute after Ian Madigan failed a late fitness test on a hamstring injury, Callum Sheedy rose to the occasion with an impressive all-round display.

The highlight of a strong showing from the young fly half was an unblemished record from the kicking tee, landing four penalties and two conversions to finish with a 16-point haul. 


A game of metres

It was end-to-end and back and forth at Ashton Gate on Saturday, and the match statistics painted an exhilarating picture, with more than 1000 metres made between the two sides.

Bristol Bears topped the bill with 547 metres from 153 carries, while Saints racked up 454 metres for a match total of 1,001 metres.

In comparison to the previous week's game against Harlequins (344 metres), Bristol Bears made 200 metres more during Saturday's defeat to Saints, with the dry weather dictating a faster, more open game of rugby. Will Hurrell and Luke Morahan (81 metres) were the top travellers for the home side, while giant Saints wing, Taqele Naiyaravoro topped the charts with 94 metres.


A usual suspect

It's Siale Piutau's third appearance in the weekly Stat Attack - and the Tongan captain was at his combative best again on Saturday, completing 26 carries. 

The centre made 11 more carries than the next best, Harry Thacker, with 15 carries, while Will Hurrell was in third with 14 carries.

England captain, Dylan Hartley was fourth with 11 carries

 


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