After a strong win against the Newcastle Falcons last week, the Bristol Bears picked up their second win in a row when they overcame Bath with a 15-13 win at the Recreation Ground.

One try from each team saw a very low scoring first half. Bristol inside center James Williams crossed the line after some magic from Semi Radradra and Miles Reid drove from close range to push Bath into the half-time lead and five points from the boot of Piers Francis.

The Bears blew away the blocks early in the second half to send Siva Naulago into the corner to retake the lead and then Francis and MacGinty exchanged penalties as Pat Lam’s men secured the victory.

Rugby reporters Harry Royle and John Evely take a closer look at the individual performances of the Bristol Bears players:

15. Carlos Piutau – 7

Looking dangerous every time he touched the ball, whether it was stepping, offloading or dodging Bath players, he was wreaking havoc on Johann van Graan’s defence. However, he went MIA in the second half and barely got the ball.

14. Shiva Naulago – 7

He almost set up the Bears’ second down after charging a kick from Piers Francis and then returning it to Harry Thacker… however, the return of the bunt was incorrectly deemed a knock-on. He finished his attempt in a very nonchalant fashion, getting in to leave Matt Gallagher in his rearview mirror. However, he did show some signs of rust by dropping a couple of passes that he really should have caught. He legal with all his entries having been a red card on his last visit to the Rec.

13. Semirradradra – 9

By far the best Bristol player and the best player on the pitch.


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