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MetiNews.Com - Bristol Bears rugby writer John Evely takes a closer look at the individual performances at the Ricoh Arena
Breaking News ! A try two minutes from time snatched victory away from Bristol Bears at Wasps, going down 23-20 to last season's beaten finalists. The Ricoh Arena has been an unhappy hunting ground for the Bears, and so it proved again, but despite missing 16 first team regulars through injury and international call-ups, Pat Lam's side battle to claim a losing bonus points. Harry Randall and Siale Piutau crossed the whitewash for Bristol, with make shift fly-half Sam Bedlow kicking 10 points, but tries from Jack and Tom Willis and 13 points from Jimmy Gopperth won the match for the hosts. Bristol Bears rugby writer John Evely takes a closer look at the individual performances at the Ricoh Arena. Read More Related Articles Wasps Rugby v Bristol Bears live: Heroic defence sees Pat Lam side trail by 3 at half time Read More Related Articles Bristol Bears decimated by injuries ahead of the new 2020/21 season 15. Piers O’Conor - 7 Playing out of position at full back out of necessity with all the injuries and international call-ups. He did well under the high ball but missed a key tackle on Josh Bassett in the final couple of moments to allow the winger to get away and set up Tom Willis for the winning try. 14. Niyi Adeolokun - 8 The winger had his best performance since arriving at the club despite barely making a metre in attack as he was highly reliable under the kicks which came his way and stopped what looked like a certain try with a last ditch tackle on Zach Kibirige. 13. Alapati Leiua - 6 For most of the match the Samoan international had a poor day in attack as his timing with his centre partner was off, knocking on a number of balls which could easily have been run back for tries. However he did make Bristol’s best break of the game to get them in position for Harry Randall’s try. 12. Siale Piutau - 7 The skipper came up with some big moments, winning a key turn over in the first half practically on his own tryline and then scoring a try after the break. 11. Henry Purdy - 7 The winger did very little wrong but failed to get the chance to open his legs and escape away. 10. Sam Bedlow - 7 Considering it was Bedlow’s first Premiership game at fly-half, normally lining up at 12 of course, it was a pretty decent performance. Bedlow did nothing special, just shipping the ball on to his backs but kicked relatively well, especially when going for the posts, finishing with 10 points and an 80 percent success rate. Missed touched with a couple of penalties. Siale Piutau of Bristol scores a try as Jack Willis of Wasps challenges (Image: Getty Images) 9. Harry Randall - 9 You couldn’t have asked any more from the scrum half who buzzed around the field and was a constant nuisance to the Wasps defence which they never shackled. His quick tap penalties brought a much needed injection of pace, leading to a try for himself and Piutau. He really stood up to be counted. 1. Yann Thomas - 7 There was parity between the two packs for most of the contest, before Wasps just edged the contest in the scrum in the referee’s eyes.
. Bryan Byrne - 7 The hooker executed well at the line out and was used as a really weapon as a carrier off that setpiece, running around in a looping move to take the ball off the top and challenge the 10 channel. 3. John Afoa - 8 The ageless prop was involved in so many key moments in defence for the Bears as he made low chopping tackles, most notably leading to the turnover from Piutau with Wasps looking likely to score. 4. Ed Holmes - 7 The second row increasingly game into the game in the loose at the match progressed, taking the ball on in the wide channels and taking some difficult passes thanks to his high quality handling ability. 5. Joe Joyce - 7 The lock was in the wars as he took a blow to the face from his own team mate which eventually forced him off but he put his body on the line with some big hits. 6. Chris Vui - 8 The lock turned flanker, due to the injury issues, was the dominant ball carrier on the pitch for most of the game as he smashed his way over the game line. A couple of key turnovers at vital times were also huge pluses from his performance. 7. Dan Thomas - 8 Bristol’s hugely improved performance against Wasps in comparison to recent seasons was all about their massive improvement at the breakdown for which Thomas played a huge role against the rightly lauded Jack Willis, Thomas Young and Brad Shields. He also won a number of key turn overs of his own. 8. Jake Heenan - 7 The backrower battled away and made yards particularly in the wide channels. He ran himself into the ground for the course. Replacements: 16. Will Capon - 7, 17. Jake Woolmore - 7, 18. Jake Armstrong - 7, 19. John Hawkins N/A, 20. James Dun - 7, 21. Tom Kessell N/A, 22. Tom Wilstead N/A, 23. Toby Fricker - 7
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