Fen­ton-Wells leads the way in 11-try vic­tory for the Bears

Will Car­pen­ter re­ports on Bris­tol’s Euro­pean Chal­lenge Cup vic­tory in Rus­sia

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BRIS­TOL Bears made it backto-back away wins in the Euro­pean Chal­lenge Cup with an 11-try vic­tory over Eni­sei STM in Sochi, to keep their hopes of a quar­ter-fi­nal spot well and truly alive.

Nick Fen­ton-Wells scored a hat­trick and Piers O’Conor touched down twice as Pat Lam’s side scored 38 unan­swered sec­ond-half points to storm to their high­estever points tally in a Euro­pean away fix­ture.

Joe Joyce, Nick Hain­ing, Mat Protheroe, Jake Arm­strong, Sam Gra­ham and Tom Pin­cus also got in on the act, while Cal­lum Sheedy kicked five con­ver­sions to seal a com­mand­ing win for Bris­tol more than 2,000 miles from home.

O’Conor’s fifth-minute try kick­started the scor­ing on a soggy af­ter­noon at the Yug Sta­dium, tak­ing ad­van­tage of a break from his mid- field part­ner, Sam Bed­low to crash over.

The Rus­sian side were then re­duced to 14 men when wing De­nis Sim­p­like­vich was sin-binned for lead­ing with the fore­arm in con­tact, but it didn’t de­ter the hosts who soon got on the board cour­tesy of a Ramil Gaisin penalty.

Bris­tol scored their sec­ond on 14 min­utes when good hands on the blind­side saw Joyce crash over.

After a sec­ond Gaisin penalty, Pat Lam’s side scored their third through hooker Fen­ton-Wells, who cap­i­talised on a strong driv­ing li­ne­out to touch down.

Gaisin kicked his third penalty after Bris­tol were pe­nalised for not rolling away, but the vis­i­tors se­cured the bonus-point on 35 min­utes when Hain­ing darted over after a se­ries of short car­ries had taken them within strik­ing range.

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