European Challenge Cup: Enisei-STM Krasnoyarsk 9-65 Bristol Bears

Mat Protheroe
Mat Protheroe, who made his Premiership debut last week, scored a try against Enisei-STM
European Challenge Cup
Enisei-STM Krasnoyarsk (9) 9
Pens: Gaisin 3
Bristol Bears (27) 65
Tries: O'Conor 2, Joyce, Fenton-Wells 3, Haining, Protheroe, Armstrong, Graham, Pincus Cons: Sheedy 5

Bristol kept their European Challenge Cup quarter-final hopes alive with an 11-try victory against Enisei-STM.

The Bears wrapped up the bonus point before half-time, with tries from Piers O'Conor, Joe Joyce, Nick Fenton-Wells, Nick Haining and Mat Protheroe.

Three Ramil Gaisin penalties kept the Russian side in the contest, but Jake Armstrong touched down after the break.

Fenton-Wells completed his hat-trick, while tries from O'Conor, Tom Pincus and Sam Graham rounded off the scoring.

Pat Lam's Bears are likely need another victory against Enisei-STM at Ashton Gate on 19 January if they are to reach the last eight, with the five pool winners and three best runners-up making the quarter-finals.

The 65 points racked up in Sochi was the most Bristol have ever scored in an away European fixture.

Enisei-STM: Maslov; Babaev, Trishin, Gerasimov, Simplikiewicz; Gaisin, Scherban; Sekisov, Magomedov, Zykov, Saulite, Elgin, Gachechiladze, Temnov, Gargalyk.

Replacements: Mamukashvili, Polivalov, Pronenko, Krotov, Byakov, Ryabishchuk, Mikhaltsov, Orlov.

Bristol: Protheroe; Pincus, O'Conor, Bedlow, Daniels; Sheedy (co-capt), Uren; Woolmore, Fenton-Wells, Armstrong, Holmes, Joyce, Haining, Heenan, Crane (co-capt).

Replacements: Thacker, Dawe, Thiede, Hawkins, Graham, Stirzaker, Eden, Powell.

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