Big win for Bristol

Date published: December 11 2016

Bristol picked up their first victory of the Challenge Cup season on Sunday as they got the better of Pau, winning 41-14 at Ashton Gate.

First-half tries from full-back Jack Wallace, wing Tom Varndell, fly-half Billy Searle and centre Luke Arscott saw the Premiership side head into the changing rooms 22-7 in front, with wing Watisoni Votu having crossed the whitewash in reply for the visitors from south France.

Cardiff Blues currently sit on 13 points at the top of this pool with Bath five points adrift of them in what looks like a two-horse race.

But Bristol were determined to get off the mark on home soil and when centre Thretton Palamo went over two minutes after the break, they were 29-7 ahead and looking good to collect all five points from the game. Pau, missing several star players, were struggling to impress.

The procession continued with Bristol's sixth try on 72 minutes from Chris Brooker and the replacement hooker crossed again before the end for his team's seventh, with Pau substitute Thibault Daubagna grabbing a consolation try two minutes from time in the West Country.

The scorers:

For Bristol:
Tries: Wallace, Varndell, Searle, Arscott, Palamo, Brooker 2
Cons: Searle, Jarvis

For Pau:
Tries: Votu, Daubagna
Cons: Fajardo 2

Bristol: 15 Jack Wallace, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Thretton Palamo, 12 Luke Arscott, 11 David Lemi, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Andy Uren, 8 James Phillips, 7 Nick Fenton-Wells, 6 Nick Koster, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Giorgi Nemsadze, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Max Crumpton, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha
Replacements: 16 Chris Brooker, 17 Jack O'Connell, 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19 Ben Glynn, 20 Joe Joyce, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Adrian Jarvis, 23 Jack Tovey

Pau: 15 Charly Malie, 14 Watisoni Votu, 13 Julien Fumat, 12 Pierre Dupouy, 11 Marvin Lestremeau, 10 Brandon Fajardo, 9 Taniela Moa Teutau, 8 Paddy Butler, 7 Giovanni Habel Kuffner, 6 Sean Dougall, 5 Abdellatif Boutaty, 4 Masalosalo Tutaia, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Lucas Rey, 1 Geoffrey Moise
Replacements: 16 Quentin Lespiaucq Brettes, 17 Julien Jacquot, 18 Matthew Tierney, 19 Baptiste Pesenti, 20 Loic Bernad, 21 Julien Tomas, 22 Thibault Daubagna, 23 Mehdi Boundjema

Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), Jonathan Peake (Ireland)