• European Rugby Challenge Cup
  • Saturday, January 12th 2019
  • Slava Metreveli Central Stadium
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Match Report

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter reports from Slava Metreveli Central Stadium

Posted Saturday, January 12th 2019

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Report: Enisei STM 9-65 Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears made it back-to-back away wins in the European Challenge Cup with an 11-try victory over Enisei STM in Sochi, to keep their hopes of a quarter-final spot well and truly alive.

Nick Fenton-Wells scored a hat-trick and Piers O’Conor touched down twice as Pat Lam’s side scored 38 unanswered second-half points to storm to their highest ever points tally in a European away fixture.

Joe Joyce, Nick Haining, Mat Protheroe, Jake Armstrong, Sam Graham and Tom Pincus also got in on the act, while Callum Sheedy kicked five conversions to seal a commanding win for Bristol more than 2,000 miles from home.


What happened?

Piers O’Conor’s fifth-minute try kick-started the scoring on a soggy afternoon at the Yug Stadium, taking advantage of a break from his midfield partner, Sam Bedlow to crash over.

The Russian side were then reduced to 14 men when wing Denis Simplikevich was sin-binned for leading with the forearm in contact, but it didn’t deter the hosts who soon got on the board courtesy of a Ramil Gaisin penalty.

Bristol scored their second on 14 minutes when good hands on the blindside saw Joe Joyce crash over.

And after a second Gaisin penalty, Pat Lam’s side scored their third through hooker, Nick Fenton-Wells, who capitalised on a strong driving lineout to touch down.

Gaisin kicked his third penalty after Bristol were penalised for not rolling away, but the visitors secured the bonus-point on 35 minutes when Nick Haining darted over after a series of short carries had taken them within striking range.

Ed Holmes on the charge.

Bristol were briefly denied a fifth shortly before half-time when Mat Protheroe’s try was ruled out by the referee. But the full-back made amends minutes later, scorching down the blindside from a well-worked set-piece to give Bristol a commanding lead at the break.

Tom Pincus and Luke Daniels combined to force an opening for Jake Armstrong for Bristol’s sixth, before Fenton-Wells grabbed his second on 54 minutes after a sweeping counter attack from the visitors.

Sam Graham got in on the act just two minutes after coming on as a replacement, while Tom Pincus applied the finishing touches to a fine dummy and break from Callum Sheedy, as Bristol passed the 50-point mark shortly after the hour.

Fenton-Wells completed his hat-trick from another well-worked driving lineout, before O’Conor rounded off the scoring with his second late on to sign-off an emphatic Bristol win.


Teams and scorers:

Bristol Bears: Protheroe (Powell 43); Pincus, O’Conor, Bedlow (Eden 68), Daniels; Sheedy (co-capt), Uren (Stirzaker 48); Woolmore (Dawe 54), Fenton-Wells, Armstrong (Thiede 54), Holmes (Hawkins 54), Joyce, 6. Haining, Heenan, Crane (cc) (Graham 54).
Replacements:  Thacker, Dawe, Thiede, Hawkins, Graham, Stirzaker, Eden, Powell.

Enisei-STM: Maslov, Babaev, Trishin, Gerasimov, Simplikevich, Gaisin, Shcherban; Sekisov, Magomedov, Zykov, Saulite, Elgin, Gachechiladze, Temnov, Gargalic.
Replacements: Mamukashvili, Polivalov, Pronenko, Krotov, Biakov, Riabischuk, Mikhaltsov, Orlov.

Bristol Bears: Tries: O’Conor 5, 76, Joyce 14, Fenton-Wells 21, 54, 72, Haining 35, Protheroe 39, Armstrong 52, Graham 60, Pincus 64. Cons: Sheedy 5, 52, 54, 60, 72

Enisei-STM: Pens: Gaisin 11, 19, 28. Yellow: Simplikevich 9


RC Enisei

Tries:
Conversions
Penalties:
Gaisin (3)
Yellow Cards:
Simplikevich, Saulite

Bristol

Tries:
Protheroe, Pincus, O'Conor (2), Fenton-Wells (3), Armstrong, Joyce, Haining, Graham
Conversions:
Sheedy (5)
Penalties:
Yellow Cards:
  • KO: 12PM
  • Att: 0
  • Venue: Slava Metreveli Central Stadium
  • Ref: Nika Amashukeli

RC Enisei

  • Timur Maslov
  • Mikhail Babaev
  • Sergey Trishin
  • Dmitrii Gerasimov
  • Denis Simplikevich
  • Ramil Gaisin
  • Alexey Shcherban
  • Sergey Sekisov
  • Shamil Magomendov
  • Innokentiy Zykov
  • Uldis Saulite
  • Evgeny Elgin
  • Mikheil Gachechiladze
  • Andrey Temnov
  • Maxim Gargalic

Substitutes

  • Shalva Mamukashvili
  • Andrei Polivalov
  • Evgeny Pronenko
  • Dimitri Krotov
  • Roman Byakov
  • Efim Ryabishuk
  • Aleksei Mikhaltsov
  • Vitalii Orlov

Bristol

  • Matt Protheroe
  • Tom Pincus
  • Piers O'Conor
  • Sam Bedlow
  • Luke Daniels
  • Callum Sheedy
  • Andy Uren
  • Jake Woolmore
  • Nic Fenton-Wells
  • Jake Armstrong
  • Ed Holmes
  • Joe Joyce
  • Nick Haining
  • Jake Heenan
  • Jordan Crane

Substitutes

  • Harry Thacker
  • Ollie Dawe
  • Lewis Thiede
  • John Hawkins
  • Sam Graham
  • Nic Stirzaker
  • Tiff Eden
  • Charlie Powell

Match Overview

Scorers

RC Enisei

  • Gaisin (3)

Bristol

  • Protheroe
  • ,
  • Pincus
  • ,
  • O'Conor
  • ,
  • Sheedy
  • ,
  • Fenton-Wells
  • ,
  • Armstrong
  • ,
  • Joyce
  • ,
  • Haining
  • ,
  • Graham

Yellow Cards

RC Enisei

  • Simplikevich
  • ,
  • Saulite

Line Up

RC Enisei

  • Maslov
  • ,
  • Babaev
  • ,
  • Trishin
  • ,
  • Gerasimov
  • ,
  • Simplikevich
  • ,
  • Gaisin
  • ,
  • Shcherban
  • ,
  • Sekisov
  • ,
  • Magomendov
  • ,
  • Zykov
  • ,
  • Saulite
  • ,
  • Elgin
  • ,
  • Gachechiladze
  • ,
  • Temnov
  • ,
  • Gargalic
  • ,
  • Mamukashvili
  • ,
  • Polivalov
  • ,
  • Pronenko
  • ,
  • Krotov
  • ,
  • Mikhaltsov
  • ,
  • Orlov

Subs not used

  • Byakov
  • ,
  • Ryabishuk

Bristol

  • Protheroe
  • ,
  • Pincus
  • ,
  • O'Conor
  • ,
  • Bedlow
  • ,
  • Daniels
  • ,
  • Sheedy
  • ,
  • Uren
  • ,
  • Woolmore
  • ,
  • Fenton-Wells
  • ,
  • Armstrong
  • ,
  • Holmes
  • ,
  • Joyce
  • ,
  • Haining
  • ,
  • Heenan
  • ,
  • Crane
  • ,
  • Dawe
  • ,
  • Thiede
  • ,
  • Hawkins
  • ,
  • Graham
  • ,
  • Stirzaker
  • ,
  • Eden
  • ,
  • Powell

Subs not used

  • Thacker