7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Bristol bagged their bonus-point try in only the 16th minute, and wingers David Lemi and Lee Robinson both ran in first-half hat-tricks as the English club led 61-0 at the break.
Lemi added a fourth at the start of the second half and Samoan veteran Brian Lima dotted down before earning a yellow card for a high tackle, but 14 men was enough for Bristol as they ran four more tries.
Bristol move into the lead in Pool 1 with the huge victory, but face a tough trip to Northampton Saints before securing a quarter-final spot.
At Kingston Park, the Newcastle Falcons took control of their Cup pool with a 76-point mauling of another Italian side L'Aquila.
The 14-try, 90-14 win takes the Falcons to 19 points at the top of Pool 4, and they need to win only one of their final two matches (away to Brive and home to Border Reivers) to guarantee a quarter-final spot. Two wins will ensure a home quarter-final.
The Falcons went into the match as red-hot favourites to win by a half-century of points, but they went past that mark in the first half and secured their try bonus point in only the 18th minute. Robbie Morris, Mathew Tait and Dave Walder cruised in for tries, before flanker Cory Harris - who can't stop scoring in this competition - bagged the vital fourth five-pointer before the quarter
L'Aquila stemmed the flow when centre Pierluigi Gentile crossed, but the Falcons ran in four further tries to lead 54-7 at the break. Winger James Hoyle scored in the opening exchanges of the second spell, and five further tries took Bristol past the 86 points they scored in last weekend's first-leg match.
In Italy, Amatori Catania upset Montpellier 37-34, but neither club can advance from Pool 5, which is being fought out between Worcester and Connacht.