European Challenge Cup: Jamie Shillcock hat-trick helps Worcester beat Enisei 57-14
|European Challenge Cup|
|Yenisey-STM Krasnoyarsk (0) 14|
|Tries: Meskhi, Krotov Cons: Gaisin 2|
|Worcester (31) 57|
|Tries: Shillcock 3, Palframan, David, Kitto, Morris, Clegg, Simpson Cons: Shillcock 6|
Worcester Warriors ran in nine tries in Russia as they opened up their European Challenge Cup campaign with a comfortable victory over Enisei-STM.
In front of an almost empty stadium, in Krasnodar in southern Russia, Warriors' five first-half tries came from Richard Palframan, Nick David, Jamie Shillcock, Jono Kitto and Oli Morris.
Shillcock added two more after the break, also kicking six conversions.
Justin Clegg and Gareth Simpson scored Warriors' two other tries.
The Russians did get some late reward with two tries in the final 16 minutes from Davit Meskhi and Dmitrii Krotov, both converted by Ramil Gaisin.
But, after being kept out for the first 17 minutes, it was pretty much one-way traffic following prop Palframan's opening push-over try.
Replacement winger David then scored with his first touch on the left, having just come on for Dean Hammond, who was injured going over awkwardly as he collected straight from the restart following the opening try.
Worcester flanker Matti Williams also pulled up injured making a break for the supporting Clegg for the sixth try just after the break.
But the main plus point was Shillcock's three tries, the highlight of which was his chip and chase before breaking a weak tackle to make it to the line again.
Worcester, who lost to Harlequins in last season's quarter-finals, are on the road again next Saturday, when they travel to France to face Castres.
Pool One's other two sides, Dragons and Castres, meet at Rodney Parade on Saturday to get their campaigns under way.
Enisei-STM: Douwrie; Meskhi, Baranovs, Gerasimov, Basson; Gaisin, Shcherban; Khatiashvili, Magomedov, Zykov, Saulite, Elgin, Gachechiladze, Krotov, Jordaan.
Replacements: Churashov for Meskhi (66), Uzunov for Shcherban (66), Van Der Westhuizen for Zykov (66), Budychenko for Jordaan (66), Musin for Khatiashvili (72), Brown for Magomedov (72), Mashkin for Elgin (72),
Not Used: Temnov.
Worcester: Humphreys; Hammond, O Morris, Lawrence, Howe; Shillcock, Kitto (capt); Bower, Miller, Palframan, Kitchener, Clegg, Cox, Williams, Dodd.
Replacements: David for Hammond (21), Scott for A Kitchener (41), Owen for Bower (55), Monks for Williams (57), Cutting for Miller (61), J Morris for Palframan (62), Simpson for Howe (72).
Not Used: Heaney.
Referee: Andrea Piardi (Italy).
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