Bristol Bears served up some champagne rugby in what was their best outing of the season

The Champions Cup continues to entertain Bears fans, with a trip to Parc y Scarlets for a good old Anglo Welsh ding-dong.

Underestimating this fine Welsh squad, with no fewer than 399 international caps for Wales in the starting XV, would discredit the great job Dwayne Peel, a former Bristol player, has done at Scarlets since his arrival as head coach. bring.

Their class showed in this game, with some brutal running lines, amazingly organized rucks and almost a brutal interception from Welsh International, Liam Williams.

This side, so few games this season showed up and they meant business. Had it not been for a disjointed campaign, I believe their fitness level would have been the same as Bristol’s throughout the game.

But on the day, like a rejuvenated racehorse, our Thoroughbreds looked to the finish line and beat the opposition with what I believe to be the season’s performance.

For 60 minutes into the game, the Welsh side played a very similar loose running style to rugby delivering two really well executed tries. From phase after phase of relentless pick-and-go moves, the energetic Scarlets attackers looked dangerous.

But after two superb tries in the first half from us, Bears fans had to wait the last 20 minutes to see the guys really open up and frankly score some nasty tries. If you blinked, you may have missed one attempt and another and another. This was champagne rugby and there was plenty waiting on the ice as our team gobbled it up.

Some of the notable performances from the returning injured players put a smile on my face so big I almost forgot they were gone. This is a testament to the medical team and Pat Lam, for his faith and careful management of their return.

For example, as Pat missed last week, Siva Nualago had been given a longer recovery time after his unfortunate forearm fracture. I don’t know how they did it, but the military or savvy surgeons seemed to have added a Wolverine-type exoskeleton to its body, which once again showed fans its amazingly strong and fast-running lines on the wing.

Now that everyone was fit, Saturday proved once again that Bristol is a force to be feared, very afraid. I can’t wait for the next part…

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