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Posted Saturday, October 19th 2019

Stat attack: Bristol Bears 43-16 Bath Rugby

Hughes' big entrance, Piutau's seamless return and Lloyd makes history. Check out the best of the match stats from Friday's Gallagher Premiership victory over Bath at Ashton Gate.


Formidable Hughes

There are debuts, and then there are debuts - Nathan Hughes' first Premiership outing in Bristol colours was most certainly the latter.

The destructive number eight got the ball rolling with the initial surge for Luke Morahan's opener, before touching down under the crossbar after great work from Charles Piutau. 

He wasn't done there though, offloading for Mat Protheroe to assist Piers O'Conor after the interval and then scooping off the deck to set up Morahan's late second.

Hughes made an incredible 102 metres from 20 carries, beating 10 defenders in the process and rightly scooping the man of the match award.

Formidable.


Piutau dazzles capacity crowd

When Charles Piutau is on form, there are few better in the world. Fact.

The All Black flyer was at his sensational best at Ashton Gate on Friday, making two assists inside the first 15 minutes. The first saw him step outside Zach Mercer to feed Morahan, while the second was perfect execution of a pre-planned play, collecting Harry Thacker's inside pass to scorch through a hole, with the one-handed offload sending Hughes under the sticks.

Piutau made 48 metres from 10 carries, but it was his two decisive plays early in the action that set the Bears onn their way to a record derby win.

Sizzling.


Ioan's dream debut

When Ioan Lloyd imagined how his Premiership debut could pan out, it probably went something like this.

The 18-year-old (and 196 days) became the club's youngest Premiership player and the third youngest in league games when he replaced Charles Piutau 15 minutes from time - and it took him just nine minutes to make his mark.

Lloyd finished off a trademark arcing break from Luke Morahan to become the club's youngest Premiership try scorer, before also adding a touchline conversion to the Aussie's second with the final play of the game,

Talent.


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