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Breaking News ! Bristol Bears came from behind to beat European royalty RC Toulon 32-19 in their own backyard to life the 2019/20 European Challenge Cup. Pat Lam's earned Bristol's first significant piece of silverware for 37 years, after being knocked out of the Gallagher Premiership play-offs at the semi-final stage last weekend with a 47-24 defeat to Wasps Rugby. Harry Randall and Max Malins scores tries for the Bears at the Stade Maurice-David in Aix-en-Provence, with Callum Sheedy adding 22 points with the boot. Toulon have a rich European heritage in the Heineken Champions Cup having won the tournament in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 but they could not match Bristol's intensity over 80 minutes. All the build-up, team news, live action, reaction, analysis and highlights from the European Challenge Cup final, with regular updates below.... Bristol Bears news straight to your phone! Are you mad about Bristol Bears? If so, you could receive the latest club news straight to your phone by signing up to our WhatsApp service. Bristol Bears writer John Evely will send you links to the breaking stories, direct to your mobile, via the easy-to-use app. Among the things you can expect are transfer news, interviews, match reports, injury updates, team news and live blogs. You could even use it to ask him a question. If you would like to sign up, save the number 07715 770289 to your phone (you must do this to receive our messages), then send BRISTOL BEARS in a message to that number via WhatsApp. We recommend saving the contact to your mobile as 'Bristol Bears News'. To unsubscribe at any time, just send STOP BRISTOL BEARS via WhatsApp to the same number and you will be removed from the service. Your number will not be used for any purpose other than to update you on all things Bristol Bears. Key EventsPat Lam confirms the state of play with Bristol Bears on standby for the Premiership final11:22‘Bristol Bears is one of the best environments I have been involved with’ says Ben Earl11:05The Challenge Cup is just the first of many trophies for Bristol Bears pledges Pat Lam10:5160 second highlights10:42PLAYER RATINGS - 'A legendary 10/10 performance23:5615:48The legacy of a victory13:02Welcome home12:16Pundit thoughts11:22KEY EVENTPat Lam confirms the state of play with Bristol Bears on standby for the Premiership finalPat Lam said he hopes his side will not be called up to play Exeter Chiefs in the Gallagher Premiership final next Saturday but says his Bristol Bears side will be ready if called upon.Meaning the longest season in history is not over just yet.Get the full story.Pat Lam talks to the team after the final whistle of the match as Bristol Bears win the European Challenge Cup (Image: Rogan/JMP)11:05KEY EVENT‘Bristol Bears is one of the best environments I have been involved with’ says Ben EarlThe three cap England flanker looked a world beater with a man of the match performance in Bristol Bears’ 32-19 victory over Toulon in the European Challenge Cup final and after the match he praised the impact Pat Lam has had on him since arriving at the club this summer.Get the full story.Bristol Bears' Ben Earl, right, reacts during the 2020 European Rugby Challenge Cup Final (Image: AP)10:56An instant classic10:51The official stat sheet is in10:51KEY EVENTThe Challenge Cup is just the first of many trophies for Bristol Bears pledges Pat LamBristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam says his side is just getting started filling the cabinet trophy at Ashton Gate following Bristol Bears’ Challenge Cup final win over Toulon on Friday night.
.Get the full story.Chairman Chris Booy and Bristol Bears Director of Rugby Pat Lam with the European Challenge Cup trophy (Image: Rogan/JMP)10:47Love this10:42KEY EVENT60 second highlights10:41A defining moment from last nightCan you imagine how loud the cries of ‘Bristol, Bristol, Bristol’ would have been if the stadium had been packed with Bears fans. This was a champions’ effort. 02:30Joe Joyce - ‘I don’t think I have ever been this happy’I am fighting tears away. There are no Bristol fans here today, but let me tell you we are so proud to represent this city. Everyone in Bristol, we felt your support. This morning we read the cards, we read the emails, we read everything, all the good luck wishes which came from around the world. We are all so proud to represent this club. We have spoken all season about trusting our processes, trusting our systems. Our leaders on the field today were outstanding, they stay so calm and that just comes through to all the other lads. I don’t think I have ever been this happy. The last time I cried was when Korey Smith scored against Man United, and before I cried happy tears when The Gas got relegated so this is on a par with that. Joe Joyce of Bristol Bears celebrates following his side's victory in the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final (Image: Getty Images)01:06Get this man a punditry job right now01:05No bad aye01:05Pundit thoughts00:13Match stats00:11Fan thoughts00:06What it means to the fans23:59'The full John Terry' - very good23:57The thoughts of the chairman23:56KEY EVENTPLAYER RATINGS - 'A legendary 10/10 performanceRugby reporter Charlie Hynes takes a closer look at the individual performances from a historic night for the Bristol Bears. Get the full ratingsBen Earl of Bristol Bears tackles Masivesi Dakuwaqa of RC Toulon (Image: Rogan/JMP)23:32Player thoughts23:09Bristol Bears overcame the odds tonightNo Charles PiutauNo Steven LuatuaNo Nathan Hughes No Andy Uren No Henry PurdyNo problem...23:07Max Malins getting the plauditsJust wait to see what we gave him in our player ratings, out soon. 23:06The thoughts of The King of Southmead23:04KEY EVENTMATCH REPORT - Bristol Bears end 37-year wait for a major trophy with Challenge Cup final victoryIt had been 37 years, 5 months and 16 days since Bristol Bears had last won a major trophy, but the wait ended with victory over Toulon in the Challenge Cup final. Get the full story Joe Joyce leads the Bristol Bears celebrations after winning the European Challenge Cup Final at the Stade Maurice-David, (Image: PA)22:27Craner going in styleHe plays one game for Bristol all season, beating Bath at The Rec, then lifts the Challenge Cup trophy. Not bad.22:26This smile22:25The Blackbird to end all Blackbirds22:24Great words from Pat Lam
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