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Posted Saturday, January 19th 2019

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Report: Bristol Bears 107-19 Enisei STM

Bristol Bears booked their place in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup for the first time in 12 years, after a 17-try thrashing of Enisei-STM set up a return trip to La Rochelle in the last eight of the competition.  

Andy Uren scored five tries – four in the first-half – as Bristol stormed to a record European win at Ashton Gate.

Ryan Edwards grabbed a hat-trick, Jordan Crane and Tom Pincus two apiece, and there was one each for Tom Lindsay, Yann Thomas, Piers O’Conor, Sam Graham and Reiss Cullen, as Pat Lam’s men secured a best runner-up spot in Pool Four.

What happened?

Bristol headed into this game as overwhelming favourites and Enisei’s job was made considerably harder just three minutes in when Maxime Gargalic was shown a red card for a high tackle on Ryan Edwards.

Jordan Crane opened the scoring from close range just a minute later, but a spirited Enisei side responded immediately when Denis Simplikevich rounded Andy Uren to touch down.

Bristol grabbed their second courtesy of Tom Pincus after neat work from Tom Lindsay and Luke Daniels in the build-up, before Ryan Edwards darted over for a third on 15 minutes.

The bonus-point was in the bag within 19 minutes as scrum-half Uren went 90 metres for a fine individual score, while Lindsay took a shorter route to the line to bundle over from a driving lineout.

Uren bagged his second on 27 minutes and completed his hat-trick six minutes later, after Enisei’s Evgenii Pronenko was sin-binned for a no-arm tackle.

Tom Pincus scores in the corner (JMPUK).

The hosts reached the 50-point mark on the stroke of half-time courtesy of Uren’s fourth, with Jordan Crane scoring his second and Bristol’s ninth early in the second-half.

Yann Thomas got in on the act after a fine dummy and offload from Callum Sheedy, before Enisei hit back through their captain, Uldis Saulite.

Edwards then finished off a sweeping handling move to touch down for his second, and Uren’s fifth broke David Lemi’s long-standing record for tries in a European game, as Bristol passed the 70-point mark on 57 minutes.

Piers O’Conor capped a man of the match display with Bristol’s 12th, but Enisei refused to quit and crossed for their third through replacement, Stanislav Selskii.

Sheedy’s pinpoint cross-field kick set up Sam Graham for try number 14, before replacement scrum-half, Reiss Cullen burrowed over for number 16 on 71 minutes.

Tom Pincus finished a length of the field effort to take Bristol to a century of points, while Ryan Edwards’ hat-trick try and Callum Sheedy’s conversion – his ninth of the afternoon – ensured Bristol would finish as seventh seeds in the last eight, to set up another trip to La Rochelle.

Teams and scorers:

Bristol Bears: Daniels, Pincus, O’Conor (Tovey 63), Hurrell, Edwards, Sheedy (cc), Uren (Cullen 57); Y Thomas (Woolmore 62), Lindsay (Fenton-Wells 50), Thiede (Armstrong 48), Batley (Joyce 50), Muldowney, Haining, Heenan, Crane (cc) (Graham 59).
Replacements: Fenton-Wells, Woolmore, Armstrong, Joyce, Graham, Cullen, Pisi, Tovey.

Enisei-STM: Maslov (Biakov 28), Babaev, Trishin, Gerasimov, Simplikevich, Gaisin, Shcherban; Polivalov, Mamukashvili (Selskii 40), Pronenko (Musin 50), Saulite, (c), Elgin, Gachechiladze, Orlov (Krotov 67), Gargalic. Replacements: Selskii, Igretsov, Musin, Butenko, Biakov, Riabischuk, Mikhaltsov, Krotov. 

Bristol Bears: Tries: Crane 4, 43, Pincus 13, 76, Edwards 15, 55, 79, Uren 19, 27, 33, 39, 57, Lindsay 24, Y Thomas 47, O’Conor 58, Graham 67, Cullen 71. Cons: Sheedy 4, 15, 27, 33, 39, 47, 55, 59, 71.

Enisei-STM: Tries: Simplikevich 8, Saulite 50, Selskii 63. Cons: Gaisin 8, Biakov 50. Yellow: Pronenko 27. Red card: Gargalic 3.

Key moment:

An already tough job was made considerably harder for Enisei just three minutes in when Maxime Gargalic was red carded for a dangerous high tackle on Ryan Edwards.

And with 14 men, Enisei were always going to struggle to contain a rampant Bristol side, who ran in 17 tries to seal a record win for Pat Lam's side. 

Man of the match: Piers O'Conor

The centre was on top form in the Bristol Bears midfield, playing his part in a record European win at Ashton Gate.

O'Conor was at his creative best in the number 13 shirt, having a hand in a number of Bristol tries, before capping a man of the match display with a try late on, finishing a sweeping handling move from the home side in the left-hand corner. 


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