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Posted Sunday, February 24th 2019

Stat attack: Harlequins 36-26 Bristol Bears

The Sheedy show, peerless Piutau and a ten-minute blitz - check out the best of the match stats from Saturday's defeat to Harlequins.



The Sheedy show

The young fly-half is quickly making a name for himself in the Gallagher Premiership and Saturday's display at a sun-drenched Stoop once again showcased the class and spark of Callum Sheedy.

The 23-year-old was Bristol's standout player on the day, adding his first top-flight try to an earlier assist for Alapati Leiua.

Sheedy was also influential in the build-up to Charles Piutau's opener, breaking clear and kicking ahead for Steven Luatua, before the ball was moved left to Piutau.

In a masterful display in the number ten shirt, Sheedy finished the game with 10 carries, 112 metres and four clean breaks, as well as a fine solo try midway through the second-half, collecting Uren's offload to speed in from all of 40 metres.

The Academy graduate also kicked three out of four conversions to finish with an 11-point haul and complete a fine individual display from the former Millfield School captain.

Stellar.


Peerless Piutau

While Callum Sheedy was named Bristol's man of the match, this man Charles Piutau was not far behind.

The All Black flyer was outstanding, as he has been throughout the season in the number 15 shirt, causing havoc from the back field with his pace, power and elusive running.

Piutau scored Bristol's first try having beaten Mike Brown with an outrageous step, as well as launching the counter attack for Sheedy's 61st-minute score, to finish with 23 carries and 140 metres in the 63 minutes he was on the field.

Gamebreaker. 


Ten-minute blitz

Despite having more time in possession (20 minutes and 28 seconds), making more metres (574 metres vs 286 metres) and making ten more offloads than Harlequins (19 offloads vs nine offloads), Bristol Bears still found themselves on the losing side in south-west London.

And it was a ten-minute Quins blitz that did the damage for Pat Lam's side, with three quick-fire tries, from Mike Brown, Marcus Smith and Joe Marchant, leaving the visitors with a mountain to climb at half-time.


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