A one-legged Semi Radradra still proves to be too much for French giants
Fiji and Bristol Bears centre Semi Radradra is clearly after a new challenge, which is why he is set to join Lyon at the end of the season. But it looks as though he couldn’t wait until then.
Instead, the Fijian opted to play against ASM Clermont Auvergne on Friday on one leg, and he still managed to score.
The Fijian pulled a hamstring on his way to the line in the first half of the Challenge Cup encounter at Ashton Gate, but still managed to hobble over the line from 25 metres out.
This was a double blow for the Bears, as they not only went on to lose the match without the former NRL star, but the injury could signal the last time he will be seen in Bristol colours. Any hopes of silverware for Bristol have also now been dashed following their loss to Leicester Tigers last week in the Gallagher Premiership, which basically extinguished any faint playoff hopes they may have had.
Take a look at Radradra’s try:
After Radradra’s departure was announced in February, Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam said: “We’re very grateful to Semi for his dedication and commitment to the Bears during his time here. Semi was very instrumental in our Challenge Cup success in 2020 and in helping the team finish top of the Gallagher Premiership in the 2021-22 season.
“Semi is not just a world class talent but an outstanding team man. He has made a significant impact for our team on and off the field helping and inspiring a lot of our people, especially the younger players, showing them through his actions what being a true professional is all about. These qualities have enabled him to battle back from two serious knee injuries which will allow him to continue to have a positive impact for us in our run-in for the rest of the season.
“It has been a real pleasure to have him at the Bears and we all wish him and his family well for his next chapter.”
Radradra added: “I can’t thank the club enough for all they’ve done during my time here.
“It’s a fantastic club, with great supporters and I will miss it. I’m extremely motivated to finish the season strongly and put in some memorable performances, particularly at Ashton Gate.”