Bristol Bears blank Brive 0-36 to consolidate top position

Callum Sheedy kicked 11 points
Callum Sheedy kicked 11 points
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Brive 0-36 Bristol Bears, Stade Amedee-Domenech

Bristol Bears have consolidated their position at the top of Pool 4 as they blanked Brive 0-36 in their European Challenge Cup clash at Stade Amedee-Domenech on Friday.

With 10 points from two matches, Bristol are having a six-point lead over second-placed Brive strengthening their chances of a quarter-final berth. Pat Lam's side will face Stade Francais at Ashton Gate on 7th December in Round 3 while Brive will face Zebre.

The visitors got off to a terrific start with winger Toby Fricker diving in the corner for the opening try in the 6th minute and Callum Sheedy kicked the conversion to make it 0-7. The fly-half also kicked a penalty to take them to ten points.

A combination of Luke Morahan and Sheedy set up Harry Randall for Bristol's second try in the 16th minute and soon the Premiership side tripled their tally with Piers O’Conor dotting down. Sheedy kicked both the conversions as Bristol went into the break with 24 unanswered points.

Brive started the second half applying immense pressure on Bristol but could not translate it into points. They had a setback when replacement Sevanaia Galala was sin-binned in the 66th minute for a high-tackle and Bristol responded with back to back tries from Will Capon (69') and Ed Holmes (74') to complete a dominating win.