Bristol have been knocked out of the Champions Cup after being overpowered by Bordeaux-Begles, who will host Racing 92 within the quarter-finals.
The Bears led for many of the first 40 after Henry Purdy crossed however Mathieu Jalibert scored 15 factors from the tee to Callum Sheedy’s 9 to go forward.
Bristol’s hopes light when France star Jalibert transformed his personal attempt.
Sheedy scored one other penalty however Joseph Dweba and Nans Ducuing tries sealed victory.
The outcome means Exeter and Sale are the one Premiership sides within the quarter-finals, which can happen on the weekend of Sept. 11 April.
La Rochelle v Sale Sharks
Clermont Auvergne v Toulouse
Bordeaux-Begles v Racing 92
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster
All kick-off instances and dates are to be confirmed
Bristol fade after robust begin
Neither facet had performed within the Champions Cup knock-out levels earlier than and it was Bristol who had the strongest begin within the south of France, displaying the slick assault that has helped them to the highest of the Premiership.
The guests – Problem Cup winners final season – swung the ball left off a line-out, with returning full-back Charles Piutau creating sufficient house for wing Purdy to attain.
That will be the one attempt of the primary half, although, as indiscipline rapidly took over the narrative. It was Jalibert who kicked the primary penalty earlier than Sheedy repaid the favour shortly after.
This sample was repeated twice and, although Bordeaux gathered momentum in the direction of the top of the primary half, the France 10 needed to accept one final penalty to take his facet forward on the break.
The hosts struck first within the second half as France fly-half Jalibert scrambled throughout the tryline and, though referee Mike Adamson didn’t initially assume a attempt had been scored, the tv match official discovered proof it had been.
Jalibert transformed his personal rating to offer Bordeaux an eight-point lead, earlier than Bristol’s Purdy crossed the tryline once more however knocked the ball on as he fell to the ground.
The Bears continued to reply strongly and have been compensated with one other three factors for Sheedy.
They got additional motive to hope after Jalibert missed a penalty and Kane Douglas was sin-binned within the 68th minute following one too many Bordeaux penalties on the breakdown.
However Bristol couldn’t flip issues round as Dweba sliced his approach over towards the grain and the rating was given after a doable knock-on earlier within the transfer by Scott Higginbotham was investigated and dismissed.
Cyril Cazeaux joined Douglas within the sin-bin and it was Bordeaux who scored final as Ducuing intercepted a cross to assert a 3rd and ultimate attempt.
The outcome caps a powerful weekend for French sides within the competitors as High 14 groups make up 5 of the ultimate eight.
‘It would make us higher in the long term’ – what they stated
Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam: “I am pleased with the trouble of the boys.
“We gifted them a variety of alternatives – we have been a bit sloppy. It’s important to credit score Bordeaux however we made it harder than it wanted to be.
“These are the moments we’ve got to study. It’s all the time a horrible feeling however it’ll make us higher on this competitors in the long run.”