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Posted Sunday, November 24th 2019

Stat attack: Brive 0-36 Bristol Bears

Zero tolerance, Luatua leads from the front and Morahan's metres. Check out the best of the match stats from Friday's European Challenge Cup victory over Brive at Stade Amédée-Domenech.


Zero tolerance

As well as delivering a devastating attacking display, the Bears defence stood firm throughout a series of Brive barrages late in the first half and early in the second. 

Pat Lam's men made 134 tackles in 80 minutes, missing just eight and in doing so, became the first team to nil Brive at home since 1962 - 57 years!


A cut above

Steven Luatua's man of the match display against Brive was easily one of the standout displays of the season so far.

The Bears captain led by example in south west France, starring on both sides of the ball to inspire a commanding win for Pat Lam's men.

Luatua made 16 tackles (100%), eight carries, two clean breaks, beat five defenders and took four lineouts in an almost superhuman performance from the All Black. 


Cool hand Luke

Luke Morahan's consistency continues to be impressive, and the Wallaby wing played another starring role for Bristol on Friday night. 

The Australian played his part in the opening two Bristol tries, with his break and kick ahead gaining crucial field position for Toby Fricker's opener. 

Minutes later, Morahan was at it again, storming clear from a kick return before Callum Sheedy sent Harry Randall over untouched.

Morahan was the game's leading runner, making 71 metres from six carries, in yet another standout display. 


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