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Posted Tuesday, March 23rd 2021

Stat attack: Northampton Saints 21-28 Bristol Bears

Capon's impact, Siva's seventh and Bears leave it late again. Check out the best of the match stats from the round 14 Gallagher Premiership victory over Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens.


Capon's impact

Will Capon was only the field for 23 minutes, but the homegrown hooker played a decisive role in the Bears fightback win at Franklin's Gardens.

Capon made 58 metres from just eight carries, including an expertly read interception and bump on Rory Hutchinson. The Bears replacement one defender, made three clean breaks and hit all three of his lineouts in a hugely accomplished display.


Seventh heaven

The Fijian flyer continued his impressive run of form with another eye-catching display against Saints on Sunday.

The Bears wing bagged his seventh Gallagher Premiership try of the season in just nine appearances, leaving him third in the league's top scorers.

Naulago also made 87 metres from 12 carries - game highs in both categories - as well as beating six defenders.ย 


The late, late show

The Bears have now won their last five encounters with Saints - four of which have seen them come from behind to snatch victory and three have been decided in the final five minutes of the game.

In 2019, Piers O'Conor's try and Ian Madigan's conversion sealed an 88th-minute win at The Gardens, while in December, Sam Bedlow's last-gasp penalty snatched the points for the Bears at Ashton Gate. Andy Uren's breakaway try continued that theme on Sunday afternoon, as Lam's men won their 11th Gallagher Premiership game of the season.


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