Bristol secure quarter-final berth after trouncing Brive 52-3

Callum Sheedy kicked 17 points for Bristol
Callum Sheedy kicked 17 points for Bristol
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Bristol Bears 52-3 Brive, Ashton Gate

Bristol Bears stormed into the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup as they trounced Brive 52-3 at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

This is Bristol's fifth win from as many games as they sealed the top place in Pool 4 while Brive are at third with nine points.

After the opening 10 minutes went without a point, Piers O'Conor dotted down in the 12th minute with Callum Sheedy kicking a conversion and a penalty on either side to make it 10-0.

Tedo Abzhandadze got Brive off the mark in the 35th minute with a penalty goal but Bristol finished the first half with Dave Attwood crossing over at the stroke of half-time that was improved by Sheedy making it 17-3 at the end of the first half.

As the visitors failed to score a point in the second half, Bristol scored further tries from Alapati Leiua (48'), Sam Bedlow (52'), Luke Hamilton (57'), Will Capon (60'), Matt Protheroe (63') while Sheedy kicked the conversions on all the five occasion to complete a 52-3 win.

Bristol will now face Zebre in the final round of the league stage on 18th January while Brive will lock horns with Stade Francais.


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