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Vakatawa debuts in Bears opening win  

Fiji-born former French centre Virimi Vakatawa made his return to rugby making his debut for the Bristol Bears in their opening 25-14 win over Leicester Tigers in the new Gallagher Premiership season today.

In the 66th minute, Vakatawa took the field and replaced versatile back-three player Noah Heward.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Ibitoye scored a brace of tries for the Bears; Harry Thacker scored their third try while AJ MacGinty converted twice and booted two penalties.

The Tigers got their points from a try each to Dan Kelly and Hanro Liebenberg while Charlie Atkinson and Jamie Shillcock kicked each conversion.

In Round 2, the Bears will meet Northampton Saints at 2am next Saturday.

Romeka Romena
Romeka Romena
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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