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Will Carpenter


Posted Monday, May 20th 2019

Stat attack: Newcastle Falcons 12-19 Bristol Bears

Charles Piutau wreaks havoc, O'Conor's stock on the rise and Kloska makes his bow - check out the best of the match stats from Saturday's victory over Newcastle Falcons.

Piutau wreaks havoc

Charles Piutau's 11th Gallagher Premiership appearance of the season was much like the others - dominant, creative and exhilarating.

The full back's sixth league try of the season gave Bristol an early lead at Kingston Park, as he benefited from relentless forward pressure and neat handling from Callum Sheedy and brother, Siale. 

Piutau then turned provider for Piers O'Conor, breaking left from a centre-field scrum, fixing the defence and then unleashing the fleet-footed centre to score.

Another man of the match display saw Piutau make an astonishing 28 carries in 66 minutes.

His carry total amounted to 137 metres made, with the full back also beating 11 defenders, making three line breaks and completing seven tackles


Piers of the action

Piers O'Conor has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the Gallagher Premiership season, and performances like this will only serve to enhance the 23-year-old centre's status.

O'Conor capped an impressive first season with a superb individual try early in the second half, brushing off the tackle of Toby Flood before coasting in from 40 metres.

The centre also made 69 metres from 13 carries, as well as 15 tackles as Bristol triumphed on the road. 

Young gun

At 19 years and 183 days, George Kloska became the seventh youngest debutant in Premiership Rugby for Bristol Bears, and the youngest player to represent the club in the league this season.

And the hooker made quite an impact in the 12 minutes he was on the field, making five carries for 21 metres, and successfully completing his first and only lineout.

Young gun.