The first big title for Bristol, a high class try from Max Malins, but also from Toulon who missed their start to the match … Find the Tops and Flops of the European Challenge final between Bristol and the RCT (32- 19).
Big first for the Bears!
Finally a major title for Bristol! Club founded in 1888 which was satisfied until then with a simple English Cup, it brilliantly won this European Challenge 2020. All only two years after rising to the first division, with a massive investment: Semi Radradra, Charles Piutau , Kyle Sinckler… Faster, confiscating the ball for much of the second period, this success is a great reward for Pat Lam’s troops.
Bristol accelerated further at the end of the match
The statistics spoke for themselves: Bristol scored 43% of its tries in the last 20 minutes of play in the league, or 30 tries. If they did not register several tries this time, they inflicted a terrible 19-0 to the Toulonnais from the 57th minute. A cold realism which owes to the obvious contribution of the sidelines, but also to the mastery of his players: Callum Sheedy notably achieved a faultless against the poles this evening (9/9).
What class action from the English rear! On loan from the Saracens, Max Malins mystified Duncan Paia’aua with a lightning acceleration to give his team a decisive advantage (59th). Certainly the turning point of the match, since the Toulonnais have not scored a single point of the meeting. He knew how to be a brilliant alternative to Semi Radradra, which died out over the minutes and did not weigh in the second half.
The heart of the Toulonnais
Patrice Collazo expressed his satisfaction at the end of the game, explaining that this defeat “was not a halt”. The state of mind of his troops surely plays a large part in his hot analysis. His players never let go of the match, or even cracked when the pressure from the English was particularly strong. They were able to recover on their strengths, that is to say, balloons carried and rapid transitions to the outside.
The RCT misses its start
A communication error, a somewhat sluggish collective rise and the penalty falls: it is the high level. Patrice Collazo’s men learned it the hard way, with a test conceded… in less than a minute! On the kickoff of Louis Carbonel, Semi Radradra made a gesture of which he has the secret to put his winger Alapati Leiua in orbit, then Harry Randall came to conclude this murderous counterattack.
The RCT too penalized in closed scrum
Anthony Etrillard’s teammates have created a reputation as a very physical team in the Top 14, with a dominating forward pack. If several balls carried allowed the Var to regain confidence in the second period, the sector of the closed scrum was more complicated. Jean-Baptiste Gros has yet undermined Kyle Sinckler, a world reference in this sector, but it is collectively that his team has fished. Callum Sheedy was able to capitalize on the penalties of his forwards to protect himself from an opposing return.