Rugby

Radradra Scores For Bears

Radradra slowly returning to top form, scoring a decisive try against defending champions Exeter Chiefs.
11 Jan 2021 12:52
Radradra Scores For Bears
Bristol Bears centre Semi Radradra dives over to score a try against Exerter Chiefs on January 9,2021.Photo: Bristol Bears

 

Flying Fijians captain and Bristol Bears centre Semi Radradra was highly rated by his club for a good game against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday night,

He was on the score sheet yet again as the Bears claw their way to the top of the Gallaher Premiership table.

According to the Bristol Bears news Radrara was rated eight for his over¬all performance during the game.

Even in a game where the ball was not thrown around a considerable amount, Semi Radradra found a way to shine.

The Fijian centre was constantly hunting for the ball, and when he carried strong which pierced holes in the Chiefs defence and gave his side a strong attacking platform.

Radradra also picked an excellent gap in the Exeter defensive line to clinch the win for the Bears with a try.

Siva Naulago: was rated seven Naulago’s blitz defence will have had the hearts of Bears fans in their mouth, with the Fijian winger at times leaving his side exposed defensively missing three tackles.

But with Naulago still learning the intricacies of the Premiership, the former rugby league man can be forgiven with his attacking flair shining on a difficult day for the backs at Sandy Park.

Naulago made 63 metres in attack, from just four carries and consistently caused trouble for the Chiefs defence.

The Semi-trailer scored a decisive try in the top of the table clash as the Bears set their sights on the title with a 20-7 away win against defending champions Exeter Chiefs after the sixth of the competition at Sandy Park on Saturday night.

The Somosomo,Taveuni, Vanua Levu native powered over the line in the 68th minute of play after both teams were locked 7-7 after the break, Exeter were kept scoreless in the second half while Bristol scored 13 points.

The robust centre has a point to prove eversince he returned from injury, a few weeks back he was rated seven, after the game against the defending champions Exerter Chiefs he has improved a lot and leaped frog to eight.

This is a glimpse of what the Fijian star can do in the remaining game of the competition.

Bears rugby director Pat Lam knows the capability of Radradra in terms of his attack and defense.

It is a fifth successive Gallagher Premiership win for Pat Lam’s side, who now find themselves four points clear at the top of the table.

 

WHAT HAPPENED?

A cagey opening quarter was brought to life by Randall, who has quickly taken penalty caught Chiefs napping, but his kick ahead for the supporting Ben Earl was grounded by Sam Hidalgo-Clyne in-goal.

But the scrum half was back in the action again shortly after, applying the finishing touches to a cleverly worked lineout move to open the scoring.

The scrum was a scrappy affair early on, and after numerous resets and free-kicks, referee Karl Dickson eventually ran out of patience and issued yellow cards to both Woolmore and Williams, making it 14-a-side.

The hosts levelled the scores five minutes before half time when Jonny Hill crashed over from close range with Simmonds converting for 7-7.

Sheedy’s penalty edged the Bears in front after neat work from Sinckler and Radradra put them on the front foot.

But the game’s decisive moment arrived ten minutes from time, when Radradra raced on to O’Conor’s deft pass to stretch over for his side’s second try, with Sheedy’s conversion opening a ten-point lead.

The fly half was on target again two minutes from time to put the icing on a sensational away display from the Bears.

 

KEY MOMENT

With the game very much in the balance at 7-10, a scrum inside the Bears 22 saw Hughes carry strongly into midfield.

From the next phase, Randall’s wide pass picked out Lloyd, who plucked the ball out of the sky and dropped it on to his right foot in the same movement. The ball sat up nicely and once regathered by the Welsh flyer, his left-footed kick ahead forced Simmonds to carry the ball over his own line.

From here, the Bears turned the screw and minutes later, Radradra dived over to score the game’s decisive try.

 



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