European Challenge Cup final: Bristol Bears 32-19 Toulon


Callum Sheedy
An inspired Callum Sheedy kicked 22 points for the English club in Aix-en-Provence
Bristol (10) 32
Tries: Randall, Malins Cons: Sheedy 2 Pens: Sheedy 6
Toulon (16) 19
Try: Heem Con: Carbonel Pens: Carbonel 4

Bristol Bears won their first European trophy as they beat French side Toulon in the Challenge Cup final in France.

Harry Randall’s try after 15 seconds set the West Country club on their way to their first major honour since 1983.

Powerful Toulon hit back to lead 16-10 at the break but a resolute second-half effort from Pat Lam’s men won the game.

Max Malins’ well-worked try and Callum Sheedy’s boot saw the Bears eventually earn a comfortable win in front of 1,000 spectators in Aix-en-Provence.

More to follow.

Bristol: Malins; Morahan, Radradra, S Piutau (capt), Leiua; Sheedy, Randall; Y Thomas, Thacker, Sinckler, Attwood, Joyce, Vui, D Thomas, Earl.

Replacements: Kloska, Woolmore, Afoa, Holmes, Heenan, Kessell, O’Conor, Adeolokun.

Toulon: Cordin; Heem, Toeava, Paia’aua, Villiere; Carbonel, Serin; Gros, Etrillard, Gigashvili, Etzebeth, Taofifenua, Ollivon, Lakafia, Parisse.

Replacements: Soury, Fresia, Setiano, Alainu’uese, Rebbadj, Ory, Takulua, Dakuwaqa.

Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)

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