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Bristol ease to bonus point Challenge Cup victory over Brive

By PA Authors
By Online Editors

Bristol secured their second-consecutive bonus-point win as they thrashed European Challenge Cup rivals Brive.

Having already started their Pool 4 campaign with a resounding victory over Zebre, the Gallagher Premiership side made light work of their French opposition with a 36-0 win at the Stade Amedee-Domenech.

Toby Fricker, Harry Randall, Piers O’Conor, Will Capon and Ed Holmes all ran over a try apiece with Callum Sheedy converting all-but one of them to seal a convincing result for the Bears.

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Scarlets experienced a much closer-fought battle as they slipped to a last-gasp 17-16 defeat at Toulon in Pool 2.

Toulon have now won their last 10 Challenge Cup games at the Stade Mayol but left it late as Liam Messam’s 88th-minute try secured the points.

Johnny McNicholl had earlier cancelled out Gervais Cordin’s early try for the hosts and a drop-goal from Dan Jones had Scarlets ahead until Messam’s late heroics.

Edinburgh and Bordeaux Begles had both won their previous respective Pool 3 clashes but could not be separated at Murrayfield as they had to settle for a 16-16 draw.

Blair Kinghorn’s try gave the hosts the lead but Semi Radradra ran over in the second half and, with Jaco Van Der Walt and Matthieu Jalibert both kicking three of their four penalties, there was nothing to split the sides.

Dragons also made it two wins from two with a comfortable victory against Enisei STM in Krasnodar.

The 49-22 success was enough to seal a bonus point as Arwel Robson’s perfect kicking helped the visitors along.

Meanwhile in Pool 5, Paul bounced back from an opening-round defeat to Leicester to thrash Calvisano 61-10 as they ran over an impressive nine tries.

– Press Association

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Bristol ease to bonus point Challenge Cup victory over Brive