Piutau scores on return as Bristol goes second

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#London (AFP)

#Former #New #Zealand full-back #Charles #Piutau scored a try on his return from an #Achilles injury as the #Bristol #Bears beat the #Newcastle #Falcons 29-17 in an entertaining #Premiership clash on #Friday.

The 29-year-old #Kiwi was one of four scooters for the hosts, which propelled #Newcastle to second in the table.

#Bristol’s victory was all the more creditworthy as they had a brand new frontline due to a positive coronavirus test earlier this week.

#Six frontline attackers had to isolate themselves.

#European #Challenge #Cup title holder #Bristol joins national and #European champions #Exeter – who face #Wasps in a repeat of the #Premiership final last season on #Saturday – with 20 points.

#Newcastle’s first loss of the season leaves them four points out of the first two.

#Piutau only waited 18 minutes to score a try on his first start since recovering.

#Falcons captain #Mark #Wilson brought the visitors back into the game with their second try just before halftime and was only trailed by four points at the break.

The hosts arrived on the scoresheet early in the second half with #George #Kloska feeding #Nathan #Hughes who passed – #Welsh international #Callum #Sheedy converted to give them an 11-point lead.

#Newcastle, however, were tenacious and refused to be shaken.

#South #African #Phillip van der #Walt marked his debut for the #Falcons with a try that former #England flyback #Toby #Flood converted to leave the game delicately balanced at 21-17 with 25 minutes remaining.

The awe-inspiring #Kloska – making the most of his luck as one of the top newlooks – fought back well for the #Bears, crossing the tryline for their fourth try – #Sheedy failed to convert – for 26-17.

#Sheedy completed the scoring with a penalty one minute from time.

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