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Posted Sunday, January 10th 2021

'We really fronted up' - Randall

Try-scoring man of the match, Harry Randall insists Saturday’s victory over Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park is a sign of the Bears’ growth, as they went top of the Gallagher Premiership courtesy of a 7-20 win at Sandy Park.

Randall scored the game’s opening try in the first half, before Semi Radradra crashed over for the decisive score 10 minutes from time, and the scrum half heaped praise on his teammates for ‘fronting up’ against the European champions.

'Character'

“It shows the character of our team and how we’re building this season,” he said.

“Massive credit to the forwards out there today, I wouldn’t have wanted to be one of them, it was a physical battle. I felt it at nine so I can’t imagine what it felt like for them.

“I think, in terms of our defence, we really fronted up out there today. We knew what Exeter were about and what they were bringing and fair play to the lads, we kept them out.

“It all started on Monday or Tuesday. We prepped really well this week, we trained in the areas that we needed to train, we got better, we learned from our mistakes from last week and I think we really took that into this game. For the past few seasons our games with Exeter have been one-score games every time, so I think the importance of coming out here and starting well and scoring first was massive for us.”

'Control was key'

Randall believes the manner of the victory demonstrates an ability to play in a variety of ways, after the Bears dug deep to deny the Chiefs a single point in the second half – and the 23-year-old says ‘control’ was a key factor.

“When people watch us, I think they think we’re this ‘joué’, fast-flowing, all-action side, but when you bring it back to our training ground, there’s a system behind it, there’s a process behind it and that’s the main thing for us, as a team.

“We all know the system, we all know what we’re trying to implement on the other team, and I think we showed today, at times, when we need to control the ball and the game, we can do that.

“There are still a few learnings we can take from this game, but we’ll celebrate the victory and move on.”


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