But there is little surreal about the surreal any more. There was a case of deja vu for Bristol less than 10 minutes later – although the would-be try was scored in very different circumstances as second-row Joe Joyce galloped down the wing after crisp passing from Radradra and Malins, but a forward pass was spotted. Bristol Bears holds the trophy aloft as they celebrate victory after the European Rugby Challenge Cup final match between Toulon and Bristol Bears … Please review our, You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. From the kick-off, no less, Semi Radradra exchanged passes with Alapati Leiua to burst out of the 22 and send Harry Randall streaking clear from just over halfway – 15 seconds gone. I am just so pleased for everybody, but particularly those who cannot be here today – all the players and staff. “I said before the game, ‘Let’s go and celebrate who we are and what that means,’” Pat Lam, Bristol’s director of rugby, said. This quick start set the tone for a fast and furious first half. France v Italy, Autumn Nations Cup: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? The 24-year-old was elated but explained how motivation for the victory came from last week’s Premiership semi-final loss to Wasps. It feels weird just to write it, so contrasting the fortunes of both clubs’ recent history. Bristol Bears previous match was against RC Toulon in European Rugby Challenge Cup, Knockout Stage, match ended with result 32 - 19 (Bristol Bears won the match). “The way we play the game, the way our culture is, our love for each other. Bristol win the European Challenge Cup beating Toulon 32-19. In a stadium far more modest than planned in Aix-en-Provence, just a few miles from the original venue of the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, Bristol claimed their first European trophy. Let’s focus on the joy.”. Radradra’s ability to draw in defenders was on show again as Malins made a neat step to run in for his side’s second try. Up against a gargantuan Toulon pack including South African World Cup-winner Eben Etzebeth and Italy talisman Sergio Parisse, Bristol did an admirable job and looked to have a second try off the back of pushing from a five-metre scrum after 17 minutes. “This Toulon side was full of star-studded names and we knew we had to turn up. Sheedy’s lovely kick to the corner pinned Toulon in their own 22. It was probably the first time a Wurzels song could be heard sung in the south of France. We said that from when I arrived that if every player and staff member gets better, the club will get better and the whole community will love it and be inspired.”. Toulon are as massive a team as they have ever been but they offered little. When the Frenchmen overthrew the subsequent lineout, they hacked the ball away, only for Leiua to feed Malins. Then, captain Steven Luatua withdrew, so he could attend the birth of his daughter, who arrived just as Bristol were warming up. Toulon got ahead for the first time in the match after 35 minutes through a Carbonel penalty, and were six points in front at half-time thanks to another successful penalty from the young Frenchman. They will not know until Wednesday whether they will be required, so even without a global lockdown there could be no partying in Aix-en-Provence. When the match starts, you will be able to follow Wasps v Bristol Bears live score, updated point-by-point. Sheedy has had to fight for his place, despite his recent call-up to the Wales squad, with Malins – like Earl, a visitor from Saracens – but the two were able to showcase their respective wares for that crucial try on the hour. However, they were silenced after a mere 15 seconds when Bristol scrum-half Randall ran over. Bristol Bears won their first European trophy when they deservedly beat Toulon 32-19 in the Challenge Cup final in Aix-en-Provence on Friday. They owed their only try to a mix-up in Bristol’s midfield, which allowed Bryce Heem to capitalise. Bristol Bears won their first European trophy as they beat Toulon 32-19 in an enthralling Challenge Cup final at Stade Maurice-David. Last modified on Fri 16 Oct 2020 23.37 EDT. Sheedy, with steely determination, took Bristol 10 points clear when just over five minutes were left with another kick on target. Bristol Bears came from behind to beat European royalty RC Toulon 32-19 in their own backyard to life the 2019/20 European Challenge Cup. Against the run of play, Heem atoned for his earlier error with a try after 11 minutes. The good vibes kicked in immediately. Despite the elation, the players and director of rugby Pat Lam made it clear that this was just the beginning of what they hope will be a golden era in the 130-year history of Bristol rugby. Here on SofaScore livescore you can find all Bristol Bears vs RC Toulon previous results sorted by their H2H matches. Sheedy’s conversion took the West Countrymen seven points ahead just after the hour mark. Bristol Bears won their first European trophy as they beat French side Toulon in the Challenge Cup final in France. Bristol also top the charts for points per game (37.8). Bristol started fast before losing the lead, they then took control of the match in the second half to secure victory. Against the might of local Toulon, themselves regulars on the European honours board, Bristol have served notice of their intention to establish themselves as a rugby power to take seriously. Bristol Bears won the European Challenge Cup with a 32-19 win over Toulon Tries from Harry Randall and Max Malins secured eventually comfortable victory Toulon … On an historic night for the club, Harry Randall's try after 15 seconds set Pat Lam’s on their way to their first major honour since 1983, before Toulon hit back to lead 16-10 at the break. The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. A couple of minutes later, Sheedy landed the first of his penalties to earn Bristol a 10-0 lead. The mighty Ben Earl was to the fore as Bristol wrestled that deficit back, Sheedy winning the third-quarter duel of the fly-halves three penalties to one. Get a summary of the Bristol Rugby vs Toulon, European Rugby Challenge Cup 2020 16 Oct, 2020 rugby match. “Our vision is to inspire the community in Bristol through rugby success and this is just one moment. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Toulon were well beaten. Max Malins breaks away to score Bristol’s second try. From players one-23, and one-48 back home, this is for them and all the Bristolians.”. To win a first European title is one thing; to become the first losing-semi-finalist champions in the history of sport would be another again. Wasps have their own outbreak of Covid to contend with, and if they cannot contain it Bristol will step up to face Exeter next weekend in the Premiership final. With unseemly ease, the full-back accelerated between Toulon’s centres to glide to the line and break Toulon open, as the game entered the final quarter. However, it was adjudicated that hooker Harry Thacker had lost the ball forward. Some fans attempted to put Sheedy off his game by chanting as he took yet another accurate kick with less than two minutes to go. Bristol on standby for Premiership final if Wasps have more positive Covid tests, Inside Exeter: how Chiefs have risen to edge of European glory in a decade | Robert Kitson. Wales v England, Autumn Nations Cup 2020: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? That joy was very much back on the faces of the Bears, after their humiliating defeat by Wasps in last weekend’s Premiership semi-final. Bristol celebrate after their European Challenge Cup final victory over Toulon at the Stade Maurice David in Aix-en-Provence. Harry Randall and Max Malins tries help to seal victory. A few minutes earlier, Harry Thacker had fumbled as he tried to touch down. Bristol and Toulon have conceded just 1.3 tries per game this season, fewer than any other club in the competition. Such is the new normal in rugby that 1,000 masked fans in a 6,000-capacity stadium made for an intimidating atmosphere for the final. After just under four minutes Bristol were 10 points clear through the boot of Sheedy after an already-frustrated Toulon conceded a kickable penalty. The Bristol squad, without any travelling support, belted out their club anthem Blackbird to celebrate their first-ever European trophy as they beat Toulon in the Challenge Cup final. As Bristol prepared, the news broke that this final may not represent the end of this weirdest of seasons after all. Bristol Bears came from behind to beat European royalty RC Toulon 32-19 in their own backyard to life the 2019/20 European Challenge Cup. Sheedy was able to claw back three points just before the 50-minute mark. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. Bristol 32 Toulon 19; It was probably the first time a Wurzels song could be heard sung in the south of France.