European Challenge Cup: Bristol Bears take control of Pool Four with 36-0 win at Brive

Bristol winger Toby Fricker
Toby Fricker began his career at Ebbw Vale
European Challenge Cup Pool Four
Brive (0) 0
Bristol Bears (24) 36
Tries: Fricker, Randall, O'Conor, Capon, Holmes Cons: Sheedy 4 Pens: Sheedy

Three tries inside the first 25 minutes helped Bristol to an impressive victory at Brive and secured control of Pool Four in the European Challenge Cup.

Toby Fricker opened the scoring after just six minutes before Harry Randall finished a flowing move.

The match was then effectively settled when Piers O'Conor was driven over 15 minutes before half-time.

Another driving maul saw Will Capon seal the bonus point before Ed Holmes was worked over for a fifth score.

It leaves Pat Lam's side with a perfect 10 points from two matches after they brushed aside Italian club Zebre in their opening fixture and they sit top of the pool before back-to-back matches against Stade Francais in December.

The pick of the tries was their second, with the type of rugby Bristol have become known for - wing Luke Morahan ghosted off a pass to make the initial break before Callum Sheedy carried into the 22 and put Randall over.

Brive: Scholes; Bituniyata, Lee, Dunbar, Buliruarua; Herve, Lobzhanidze; Thompson-Stringer, Narisia, Johnston, Marais, Lebas, Abadie, Voisin (capt), Fa'aso'o.

Replacements: Acquier, Asieshvili, Thomas, Uys, Giorgadze, Delarue, Abzhandadze, Galala.

Sin-bin: Galala

Bristol Bears: Protheroe; Morahan, O'Conor, Bedlow, Fricker; Sheedy, Randall; Woolmore, Thacker, Lahiff, Joyce, Attwood, Luatua (capt), Thomas, Hamilton.

Replacements: Capon, Thomas, Thiede, Holmes, Hawkins, Stirzaker, Lloyd, Powell.

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU).

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