Ellis Genge was genuinely unstoppable with two world class tries on Bristol return
Ellis Genge’s ball carrying seems to be getting better and better with every game he plays, and Bristol Bears will be very happy with that this season.
The England loosehead marked his Bristol return yesterday after six years at Leicester Tigers with two tries against Bath at Ashton Gate. And these were not two pick and go tries, these were epic runs where he showed his pace, power, and even showed off a flashy dummy.
The first try saw him receive a pop from England front row teammate Kyle Sinckler from 40 metres out, where he broke through the defensive line with ease. With Sinckler in support, it was a two on one against the last Bath defender, allowing Genge to pull off an audacious dummy which allowed him to charge over the line. Take a look:
Genge’s second try came in the second half, and though it was not from as far out, it was still pretty incredible. There was no flashy play here; it was just a tap and go, where the ‘Baby Rhino’ ran over Ben Spencer on his way to the line. This was all on the way to the Bears securing 31-29 win over their West Country rivals, although they came very close to losing as Bath missed a drop goal at the death. Take a look at his second try:
Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam spoke about Genge after the match: “He was itching to go last night, and then he had to hold back. He said a few words before the game, he wanted to go out there and get stuck into the game.
“His actions back up his talk. Ellis has come in and fitted into our culture really well.
“For the first try Ellis scored, everyone was in the right place. It was a great start with him scoring. We didn’t get many chances after that and had to guts it out.”