Rugby

 Winning Debut For Radradra

After this performance and a winning debut the question is can the Bears Rugby Director give Radradra another chance to start in the next game.
28 Dec 2020 12:24
 Winning Debut For Radradra
Flying Fijians captain and Bristol Bears Centre Semi Radradra on attack against Harlequin’s on December 26, 2020. Photo: Bristol Bears

Flying Fijians captain Semi Radradra’s debut for the Bristol Bears kicked off with a historic win over Harlequins.

The Somosomo, Taveuni, native helped his side bank their first win at the Gallagher Premiership defeating the home team Harlequins 27-19 at the Stoop after 20 years, claiming a bonus point in the process yesterday.

It was Bristol’s first Premiership win at Harlequins since 2001 the bo­nus point win sees the Bears climb to second spot on the Gallagher Pre­miereship table 15 points behind leaders Exeters.

On his debut game the robust centre played with fellow Fijians Nathan Hughes at open side flanker while Siva Naulago on the wing.

According to the Bristol Bears news Radrara was rated six for his over­all performance during the game.

It was a subdued Semi in his first game back for Bristol since the Chal­lenge Cup final victory over Toulon. He had a quiet first half as he was not really able to build up speed but did have a good opportunity after a Ioan Lloyd break but was not able to gather the pass.

He showed glimpses of the Radradra we know and love with some good quick hands in the second half and made 86 metres throughout the game. He did get isolated on occasions as he gave away three turnovers. He didn’t perform badly by any means but was not up to the usual high standards this Bears side has become accustomed to.

Returning from injury it was good for Radradra have game time so he can judge his performance and match fitness. This was a good sign though for Pat Lam as the robust center played for 74 minutes before being replaced.

Now the hard running center have settled down and has a glimpse of how the Bears do things.

After this performance and a winning debut the question is can the Bears Rugby Director give Radradra another chance to start in the next game.

Meanwhile another Fijian Siva Naulago was rated seven by the Briston News team after staying consistent throughout the match.

The code crossing back was Bristol’s brightest spark in the early part of the game when Quins looked the side that was showing more urgency.

He read the two on one pass from Ben Tapui well to intercept and charge downfield but was unable to find the support he needed around him. He beat two defenders with one clean break and overall made 62 metres and was incredible going up for high balls, repeatedly being the highest jumper in the air.

Nathan Hughes was also rated seven:The mammoth number eight was a huge presence in the Bears attack with some wrecking ball like carry­ing. He was unlucky early on as he should have scored as he went for the line with three Quins defenders on his back but was held up.He made 17 carries, beating four defenders as well as also winning two turnovers.

WHAT HAPPENED?

The Bears were on the attack from the first kick off, retaining posses­sion from their own restart before Hughes was held up over the white­wash.

Two repelled lineout drives followed as Quins scrambled to keep the Bears out, while at the other end, Marcus Smith notched the first points of the afternoon, converting back-to-back penalties to open up a six-point lead for the hosts.

The fly half’s third successful kick made it 9-0 – and Quins afternoon looked to have improved further when Wilko Louw barged over from close range, only for a TMO referral to offer the Bears let-off.

When Lam’s side finally clicked, it was typically spectacular – Luatua and Dan Thomas trading passes to send the openside over in the left-hand corner on the stroke of half time and claw the visitors back into the contest.

They continued in that vein after the break, with Luatua racing on Ran­dall’s pass after a trademark tap penalty from the livewire scrum half.

And Randall went from provider to scorer for the Bears’ third, follow­ing up a monster carry from Hughes in midfield to snipe his way to the line.

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