Bears get mauled at home by stunning Clermont attack
CHAMPIONS CUP MATCH REPORT: In a thrilling display of attacking rugby at Ashton Gate Stadium, Clermont outscored the Bears by seven tries to the home team’s five to take the match 51-38.
A hat-trick from Kotaro Matsushima helped the French side on their way to a pivotal European away success, with a total of 12 tries scored in a thrilling clash in the West Country.
The French side soon brought up the try bonus point as they worked another overlap with relative ease before finding Matsushima who had enough pace to burn the final Bristol defender and stay in touch before diving over the whitewash.
But Clermont soon took over again, with Penaud again crossing before Fritz Lee bulldozed his way over the try line after Bristol’s defence splintered with relative ease.
For the Bears
Tries: Malins, Byrne, Randall, Lloyd, Piutau
Cons: Malins 2, Sheedy 3
For Clermont Auvergne
Tries: Matsushima 3, Penaud 2, Nakalevu, Lee
Cons: Lopez 5
Pens: Lopez 2
Yellow cards: Sébastien Bézy (Clermont, 70)
Bristol Bears: 15 Max Malins, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Piers O’Conor, 12 Siale Piutau (captain), 11 Henry Purdy, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Harry Randall, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Daniel Thomas, 6 Ben Earl, 5 Joe Joyce, 4 Ed Holmes, 3 John Afoa, 2 Bryan Byrne, 1 Jake Woolmore.
Replacements: 16 Will Capon, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Jake Heenan, 21 Andy Uren, 22 Ioan Lloyd, 23 Ratu Naulago.
ASM Clermont Auvergne: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Apisai Naqalevu, 12 George Moala, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Camille Lopez (captain), 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 6 Judicaël Cancoriet, 5 Paul Jedrasiak, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Adrien Pélissié, 1 Etienne Falgoux.
Replacements: 16 Etienne Fourcade, 17 Peni Ravai, 18 Sipili Falatea, 19 Thibaud Lanen, 20 Tavite Veredamu, 21 Sébastien Bézy, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Tani Vili.
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Trevor Fisher (England)