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World Radradra's Bristol beat former club to reach 'special' Challenge Cup final

02:26  26 september  2020
02:26  26 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Bristol Bears star Semi Radradra demonstrated his devastating pace and power to score a beautiful try against the Dragons in the Challenge Cup . The 28-year-old Fijian received the ball inside his own half and punched through the Dragons defence before beating two players en route to the try line at

Bristol will face Bordeaux-Begles – Radradra ’ s former club – or Edinburgh in a home semi- final next Friday, and they could take some stopping. Bristol showed 14 changes from the side beaten by Premiership rivals Wasps last weekend, including starts for major summer arrivals Radradra , Earl and

Semi Radradra wearing a uniform: Semi Radradra scored 11 tries in two seasons at Bordeaux-Begles © NICOLAS TUCAT Semi Radradra scored 11 tries in two seasons at Bordeaux-Begles

Fiji's Semi Radradra was instrumental as "special" Bristol Bears overcame his former side Bordeaux-Begles 37-20 after extra-time on Friday to reach the European Challenge Cup final.

Radradra joined the English outfit over the summer after the French side failed to match the Bears' financial offer.

Radradra's side, known for their expansive play coached by ex-Samoa captain Pat Lam, will face the winner of Toulon's match against Leicester taking place on Saturday for the October 16 fixture in their first continental final.

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Fijian centre Radradra required treatment after the second-half incident in Friday’ s Gallagher Premiership clash against Worcester at He will miss Bristol ’ s next two Premiership matches against Northampton and Wasps, plus a European Challenge Cup quarter- final appointment with the Dragons.

Hooker Harry Thacker believes something special is happening with the Bears, as shown by the signing of the flying Fijian.

"It's special. I'm very grateful and blessed to be in the finals right now," the Bears' captain Steven Luatua told BT Sport.

"We live and die by the sword. The first 20 wasn't really going our way but I think all in all with extra time it worked in our favour. We tried to run them around the park and eventually we scored in extra time," he added.

The visitors' early dominance was underlined as Matthieu Jalibert dived over in the corner after a sublime individual effort after quarter of an hour.

The France fly-half then kicked two penalty goals before the 30-minute mark before the Bears' 35 minute blitz.

Two minutes before the break ex-All Blacks flanker Luatua made the most of some Radradra magic in open play and the hosts trailed 13-7 at the break after Callum Sheedy's touchline conversion.

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From earning an hour in the gold mines and playing rugby with a coconut, Fiji star Semi Radradra Bristol Bears wing Semi Radradra is one of Rugby Union' s most exciting stars The Fiji star was one of the players of the tournament at 2019 Rugby World Cup At the time, Radradra had been working down the Vatukoula gold mines in Fiji.

Radradra will become Bristol ’ s second marquee player after the full-back Charles Piutau, who is in his final season of a £1m-a-year contract and will be offered a new one. “With marquee players, it is not about competing with other Premiership clubs but the top teams in the world,” said Lam.

Radradra was shown a yellow card on the 43-minute mark for a high tackle but the Bears continued to control the play and full-back Max Malins' converted effort put his side into a 14-13 lead.

Sheedy, who is eligible to play internationally for England, Ireland and his native Wales, stretched the lead to make his 20-13 with 17 minutes to play.

Substitute fly-half Benjamin Botica missed the chance to cut the deficit less than 60 seconds later but took the game into extra time.

Botica converted Joseph Dweba's 67th minute try to make it 20-all and neither side was able to find the winning points in normal time.

Competition rules stipulate if a team scores more tries than their opponents during the 100 minutes of regular and extra time then there would be no need for a penalty shoot out if scores remained equal after the extra 20 minutes.

The hosts started the extra period on fire as Piers O'Conor crossed after 48 seconds following Radradra's powerful midfield carry.

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Semi Radradra Turagasoli Waqavatu (born 13 June 1992) is a Fijian rugby union and rugby league player. He currently plays rugby union for the English club Bristol Bears and the Fiji national team.

'Rugby prophet' Semi Radradra universally lauded for devastating performance for Bristol Bears. Bristol Bears saw off the challenge of the Dragons on Friday night with spells of sensational rugby to win 56-17 at Ashton Gate and book their place in the Challenge Cup semi- final next weekend.

Malins claimed his second of proceedings eight minutes later and Sheedy's extras made it 34-20.

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