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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

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