2020 EPCR Challenge Cup winners Bristol Bears produced a nine-try demolition of Northampton Saints, winning at Ashton Gate 62-8 in the Gallagher Premiership.
Bristol notched four first half tries in the contest, Harry Randall contributing a brace in addition to tries from Harry Thacker and Ioan Lloyd – the hosts leading 27-3 at the break.
Lloyd added his second following the interval before Chris Vui, George Kloska, Fitz Harding and Jake Heenan all crossed to hand the Bears a 54-point victory – the club’s largest Premiership win.
Bristol will be eager to maintain momentum through the next month of domestic action before they host ASM Clermont Auvergne on Friday, March 31 in the Round of 16 of the EPCR Challenge Cup.
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Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors produced an eight-try display as they dismantled Zebre Parma 50-8 in the United Rugby Championship at Scotstoun Stadium.
Jonny Matthews was the star of the show as the Glasgow hooker crossed the whitewash on three occasions – twice in the first half and once after the interval.
JP du Preez, Stafford McDowall, Josh McKay, Gregor Brown and Tom Gordon were the others to touch down in the one-sided contest as Glasgow moved up to third in the domestic standings.
Glasgow host URC rivals Dragons RFC in the Round of 16 on Saturday, April 1.
Elsewhere, Scarlets produced a 35-point second half comeback against Heineken Champions Cup opposition in Munster Rugby, but still came out on the wrong side of a 42-49 scoreline at Musgrave Park.
Joe Roberts scored the Welsh region’s only try in the first half as they fell into a 35-7 hole at the break.
However, tries from Vaea Fifita, Sione Kalamafoni, Sam Lousi, Gareth Davies and Tom Rogers saw the visitors dominate the second half 35-14, but it was not enough to overturn the halftime deficit.
Scarlets have a date with CA Brive in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16, the tie set to take place at Parc y Scarlets on Friday, March 31.