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Bristol Bears hopes of a European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-finals place rest on them achieving a bonus-point victory and results going their way, as they host Enisei-STM in the last round of Pool games. The game will get under way at Ashton Gate at 15:00 GMT.
- Bristol have alternated between victory and defeat across their last eight home games in the Challenge Cup, losing their most recent such game. Only once before have they lost consecutive home matches (1996).
- Enisei have lost all 11 of their away games in the Challenge Cup, those defeats coming by an average margin of 34 points.
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- Bristol’s goalkicking success rate of 57% is the lowest this season.
- Bristol’s Callum Sheedy had made six try assists, more than any other play in the competition.
- Enisei’s Mikheil Gachechiladze had made 105 tackles so far in this campaign, the most in the competition, and he has also made 10 more carries (63) than any other player.
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Bristol Bears have made the European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-finals after a comprehensive 107-19 win over Enisei-STM.
The Russian side’s task was made even harder by the dismissal of their number eight Maxim Gargalic in only the third minute for a high tackle.
Bristol were in the mood to take full advantage of their extra man as they booked a place in the quarter-finals helped by a five-try haul for scrum-half Andy Uren.
Ryan Edwards also helped himself to a hat-trick and there was a brace for fellow winger Tom Pincus during a tide of home attacks.
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Nick Haining, Tom Lindsay, Jordan Crane, Dan Thomas, Piers O’Connor, Sam Graham and Reiss Cullen completed the try scoring and fly-half Callum Sheedy completed the scoring with ten conversions.
The Russians were 50-7 down by the interval and the only reward for their efforts were consolation tries by winger Denis Simplikevich, lock Uldis Saulite and replacement Stanislav Selskii.