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Report: Bristol Bears 33-19 USA Perpignan

Bristol Bears ran in five first-half tries to dispatch USA Perpignan in their final EPCR Challenge Cup pool fixture and cement their place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Ellis Genge scored twice while Siva Naulago, Harry Randall and Dan Thomas also touched down for the Bears, who raced into a 33-7 lead at the interval.

Pat Lam's men went scoreless in the second half, with Perpignan scoring three times in total courtesy of Ali Crossdale, Nino Seguela and Valentin Moro, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Bears from taking all five points on a freezing cold night at Ashton Gate.

Bristol Bears: Lane, Bailey, Radradra, Williams, MacGinty, Randall; Genge (c), Thacker, Sinckler, Batley, Vui, Bradbury, D Thomas, Harding.

Replacements: Davies, Woolmore, Lahiff, Hawkins, Heenan, Uren, Sheedy, Bates.

Perpignan: Crossdale, Seguela, Sawaileau, Fernandez, Dubois, Perez, Rodor (c), Bououda, Tadjer, Fakatika, Chinarro, Mahu, Ramasibana, Bertheau, Moro.

Replacements: 16. Victor Montgaillard, 17. Xavier Chiocci, 18. Vatang Jincharadze, 19. Posolo Tuilagi, 20. Victor Moreaux, 21. Lenny Viola, 22. Keanu Desrues, 23. Lilian Pichon.

Bristol Bears: Tries: Randall 16, Genge 21, 40, D Thomas 25, Naulago 36. Cons: MacGinty 16, 21, 25, 40

USA Perpignan: Tries: Crossdale 13, Seguela 48, Moro 54. Cons: Perez 13


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