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Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter writes

Posted Sunday, March 10th 2019

Stat attack: Northampton Saints 24-26 Bristol Bears

O'Conor impresses again, sublime Steve and a Heenan's accomplished debut - check out the best of the match stats from Saturday's victory at Northampton Saints.



Piers review

Another sensational display from one of Bristol Bears' most consistent performers this season, who rightly was named man of the match at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

Piers O'Conor was creative in attack and stood firm in defence as Bristol made it back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

O'Conor, who switched from centre to full-back in the second half, went over in the 86th-minute for the try that levelled the scores, before Madigan's heroics sealed the deal for Pat Lam's men.

But he also turned creator for Harry Randall midway through the second half, stepping and slicing through the Saints defence before sending the supporting scrum half over for a try.

The 23-year-old finished with 74 metres from eight carries, 11 tackles (85%), one try and one assist to complete a stunning performance.

Magnificent.


Stellar Steve

Steven Luatua is Bristol Bears' Mr. Reliable - and the All Black stood up once again on Saturday to help Bristol to a much-needed first away win of the season.

The back-row forward made a number of decisive contributions at Franklin's Gardens, with Pat Lam and Ian Madigan both also praising his on-field leadership during a frenetic final period.

Luatua was the game's leading defender with 15 tackles (94%), to go with seven carries and ten lineouts won.

Linchpin.


He-Nan

An impressive Gallagher Premiership debut from Jake Heenan, who replaced the injured Dan Thomas on the openside flank.

The former Connacht man was at his industrious best on Saturday, making 12 tackles and nine carries in an accomplished display in the back-row. 

Heenan also made one key turnover midway through the second half, winning a penalty to halt a Northampton attack and lead Bristol downfield for the match-winning score.

Marker.