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Will Carpenter


Posted Sunday, January 12th 2020

As it happened: Bristol Bears 52-3 Brive

Bristol Bears secured a first ever home European quarter final with a seven-try thrashing of Brive at Ashton Gate, as Pat Lam’s men reached the knockout stages for the second successive season.

Piers O’Conor and Dave Attwood scored to give Bristol a commanding 14-point lead at the interval, before the home side side cut loose after the break, with five second-half tries maintaining their 100% record in Pool Four.

Alapati Leiua, Sam Bedlow, Luke Hamilton, Will Capon and Mat Protheroe all touched down to take Bristol through the 50-point barrier

Re-live all of the action, as we dissect the key moments from Saturday's action.

11 mins – CHANCE – Protheroe comes close to scoring, before Randall sells a dummy but knocks on as he tries to ground the ball, with penalty advantage.

12 mins – PEN – 3-0 – Sheedy lands resulting penalty from under the sticks to give Bristol an early lead.

13 mins – TRY – 10-0 – Beautifully worked opening score from the hosts, as Sheedy and Hamilton combine with Thomas to break the line, and Morahan speeds away to send O’Conor in. Sheedy converts.

35 mins – PEN – 10-3 – Brive respond as Abzhandadze slots long range penalty.

Dave Attwood touches down before half time (JMPUK).

40 mins – TRY – 17-3 - Protheroe gets Bristol in behind and after patient phase play, Randall’s offload finds Attwood for the try on the stroke of half time.

HT: Bristol Bears 17-3 Brive

48 mins – TRY – 24-3 – Ideal start to the second period for Bristol, as Leiua steams on to Sheedy’s flat pass to go over for try number three.

52 mins – TRY – 31-3 – Glorious team try, as Leiua makes the initial surge and Woolmore gets his arm free to send Bedlow over. Sheedy converts.

58 mins – TRY – 38-3 – Attwood gets a delightful offload away and Hamilton touches down for a fifth Bristol try. Sheedy converts.

Leiua goes over for a third Bristol try (JMPUK).

61 mins – TRY – 45-3 – Capon bundles over from a driving lineout as the Bears take full control at Ashton Gate. Sheedy converts.

63 mins – TRY – 52-3 - Leiua flicks the ball on expertly and Protheroe, now operating on the wing, crosses out wide for number seven.

FT: Bristol Bears 52-3 Brive

Protheroe completes the scoring (JMPUK).

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