Semi Radradra provided a moment of magic to see Bristol Bears beat Sale Sharks 10-9 in the first-leg of their Heineken Champions Cup last-16 at the AJ Bell Stadium
- Bristol will take a one-point lead into the second leg of the Champions Cup
- Centre Semi Radradra provided a moment of magic to win the game for Bristol
- He went past two Sale tacklers to score with 11 minutes left and set up a 10-9 win
- The teams meet again on Friday with the aggregate score deciding their future
Bristol won the tactical battle and will take a one-point lead back to Ashton Gate for the second leg of this Champions Cup last 16 tie on Friday.
Centre Semi Radradra provided a moment of magic amid some of the worst rugby you are likely to see. The Fijian, on as a replacement on the hour, scored off a set move from a scrum, running in from 40 metres for the only try.
Sale could only manage three penalties from fly-half Rob du Preez as Bristol kicked the leather off the ball.
Semi Radradra provided a moment of magic during the game – he scored off a set move from a scrum, running in from 40 metres for the only try
Radradra’s strike was hatched in training on Thursday and Pat Lam reckons his star player is back to something near his best.
‘Obviously it’s only to open the hole for Semi,’ said the Bristol director of rugby. ‘He still has to do the other bits.
Radradra (right) went past two Sale tacklers to score with 11 minutes left and set up a 10-9 win
Sale only managed three penalties from Rob du Preez as Bristol kicked the leather off the ball
‘He would be the first to admit he hasn’t been firing on all cylinders, but some of the stuff he does in games creates so many opportunities. It was good to see him open up and remind people what he does have.’
Sale hardly gave Manu Tuilagi the ball in his 50 minutes on the pitch and finished without a scrum-half after replacement Raffi Quirke suffered a hamstring injury.
Sharks DoR Alex Sanderson said: ‘Bristol were brilliant tactically, they bored us off, but it wasn’t a brilliant spectacle.’
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