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Will Carpenter


Posted Friday, January 18th 2019

Preview: Bristol Bears vs Enisei-STM

Bristol Bears welcome Enisei-STM to Ashton Gate on Saturday, in the final pool fixture of the European Challenge Cup.

A bonus-point win will see Pat Lam's side book their place in the quarter final for the first time since 2006/07, having beaten the Russian side 65-9 in Sochi last weekend.

Here's everything you need to know about Saturday's clash.

Team news

Bristol Bears: 15. Luke Daniels; 14. Tom Pincus, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Will Hurrell (cc), 11. Ryan Edwards; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Nic Stirzaker; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Tom Lindsay, 3. Lewis Thiede, 4. Joe Batley, 5. Aly Muldowney, 6. Nick Haining, 7. Jake Heenan, 8. Jordan Crane (cc).

Replacements: 16. Nick Fenton-Wells, 17. Jake Woolmore, 18. Jake Armstrong, 19. Joe Joyce, 20. Sam Graham, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Sam Bedlow, 23. Jack Tovey.

Enisei-STM: 15. Timur Maslov, 14. Mikhail Babaev, 13. Sergey Trishin, 12. Dmitrii Gerasimov, 11. Denis Simplikevich, 10. Ramil Gaisin, 9. Alexey Shcherban; 1. Andrei Polivalov, 2. Shalva Mamukashvili, 3. Evgenii Pronenko, 4. Uldis Saulite, (c), 5. Evgeny Elgin, 6. Mikheil Gachechiladze, 7. Vitalii Orlov, 8. Maxim Gargalic.

Replacements: 16. Stanislav Selskii, 17. Andrey Igretsov, 18. Azat Musin, 19. Pavel Butenko, 20. Roman Biakov, 21. Efim Riabischuk, 22. Aleksei Mikhaltsov, 23. Dmitrii Krotov.

Word from the camps:

Pat Lam

"It’s great now that we can host them here in Bristol, with a place in a European quarter-final in our control. It’s a huge achievement for us to get to this stage, but it will be even bigger if we get through.

"We know we are overwhelming favourites and that’s why our focus, similar to last week, is about our standards, our performance and maintaining that level of performance.

"If we do that, everything will take care of itself."

Form guide:

Bristol Bears will book their place in the quarter-final of the European Challenge Cup if they can repeat last weekend's result in Sochi and earn a bonus-point win at Ashton Gate this weekend.

Bristol have alternated between victory and defeat across their last eight home games in the Challenge Cup, losing their most recent such game. Only once before have they lost consecutive home matches (1996).

Enisei have lost all 11 of their away games in the Challenge Cup, those defeats coming by an average margin of 34 points.

Callum Sheedy had made six try assists, more than any other play in the competition.

Enisei’s Mikheil Gachechiladze had made 105 tackles so far in this campaign, the most in the competition, and he has also made 10 more carries (63) than any other player.

Bristol Bears: WLW
Enisei-STM: LLL

Weather forecast

Met Office says: 

Saturday will be cloudy with patchy rain and a few showers, which could be heavy in the south and west of the region. Maximum temperature 9 °C.


Adult tickets start from £25 and U12s from £10 for the clash against the Russian outfit as Pat Lam's men bid to progress through to the knockout stages of the competition.

The popular fan village will be in full swing, with local food and drink outlets, as well as live music and entertainment.

Tickets are available to members to purchase online now by clicking here, or via supporter services on 0117 963 0600.