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Posted Monday, February 22nd 2021

Stat attack: London Irish 34-34 Bristol Bears

Naulago announces himself, Exiles draws and Piutau purrs. Check out the best of the match stats from the round 10 Gallagher Premiership draw with London Irish at the Brentford Community Stadium.


Super Siva

Two tries, 192 metres, three defenders beaten and four clean breaks - Siva Naulago was unplayable on Sunday afternoon.

The Flying Fijian snatched an early interception, before also finishing off a devastating burst from Charles Piutau, to grab his second and third Gallagher Premiership tries of the season.

But Naulago also impressed in defence, making 12 tackles, including two booming hits direct from Bears kick-offs.


Piutau purrs

When Charles Piutau is in full flow, there is nobody better to watch.

The All Black magician dazzled again on Sunday afternoon, with two assists during a mind-blowing first-half display.

Piutau made 170 metres from just seven carries, making four clean breaks and completing six offloads in a dramatic draw at Brentford Community Stadium.


All square (again)

Sunday's result was the 18th time in 717 league games Bristol have recorded a draw - and remarkably, five of them have been against London Irish.

In fact, the 34-34 thriller is the second time in two seasons that a match between the sides has finished all square.


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