Kotaro Matsushima scored a hat-trick as Clermont Auvergne ran in seven tries to beat Bristol 51-38 in the Champions Cup at a chilly Asthon Gate.
Clermont backs Matsushima (three), Apisai Naqalevu and Damian Penaud (two) each notched tries, as did No 8 Fritz Lee in the bonus-point victory, with Camille Lopez adding two penalties and five conversions.
Bristol scored five tries themselves – enough for a bonus-point – in a brilliant game through Max Malins, Bryan Byrne, Harry Randall, Ioan Lloyd and Siale Piutau while Callum Sheedy kicked three conversions and a penalty.
The clash was Bristol’s first European Cup fixture for 12 years, but the Bears badly missed star centre Semi Radradra in midfield, with Clermont – still in search of their first Champions Cup title – in menacing form.
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