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Posted Monday, February 17th 2020

Stat attack: Northampton Saints 14-20 Bristol Bears

Purdy's impact, Sheedy climbs the ladder, and the comeback kids. Check out the best of the match stats from Sunday's Gallagher Premiership victory over Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens.


Purdy good showing

Henry Purdy was only introduced at half time, as a replacement for Alapati Leiua - but it didn't take Bears' newest recruit long to get stuck into the action.

In his 40 minutes on the field, Purdy made 51 metres, four tackles and scored Bristol's all-important first try, collecting Joe Joyce's pass to race in from 30 metres. 

Purdy sprints in to score (JMPUK).

Sheedy passes 500

Callum Sheedy's conversion of Henry Purdy's try took him past 500 competitive points for Bristol Bears in his 50th competitive start.

Only Adrian Jarvis (933), Felipe Contepomi (861), Mark Tainton (757) and Paul Burke (576) have scored more.

The Bristol number ten was named man of the match on Sunday after inspiring his side to a dramatic win.


The comeback kids

Bristol Bears' remarkable comeback victory is the first time in Northampton Saints' history they have lost a Gallagher Premiership match having held a double-digit lead at half time.

It's also the second time this season that Pat Lam's men have scored 20 unanswered second half points to win away from home, having done the same thing to Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park in November.


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