The only certainty ahead of the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup is that 2020 will see a new winner crowned as none of the clubs in the last eight have lifted the trophy.
Ahead of our game at Ashton Gate Stadium, we take a closer look at all the stats and information you need to know:
Quarter-Final: Bristol Bears vs Dragons
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (Fra); Assistant Ref: Karl Dickson (Eng) & Ian Tempest (Eng); TMO: Rowan Kitt (Eng); Citing Commissioner: Peter Ferguson (Ire)
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- Bristol Bears and the Dragons have met in the Challenge Cup twice previously with each club registering a home win in the pool stage of the 2006/07 campaign. Both matches were decided by margins of fewer than seven points.
- Bristol have played in four previous Challenge Cup quarter-finals, winning their first match at this stage back in 2000, but losing the following three.
- The Dragons have a 100% success rate in Challenge Cup quarter-finals, winning each of their three matches including an away victory against Gallagher Premiership opposition the last time they reached the last eight (v Gloucester in 2016).
- Bristol have lost just one of their last 10 Challenge Cup games and are unbeaten in their last six in a row (W5, D1), their best run in the competition, however, their solitary defeat in that spell was in last season’s quarter-final (v La Rochelle).
- Only Bordeaux-Bègles (121) scored more second-half points in the pool stage than the Dragons (115), while Bristol (109) scored the third most points in that period.
- Bristol have made the most breaks (96), beaten the most defenders (198) and made the most offloads (66) this season while the Dragons have made the fewest offloads (22).
- Bristol have the best goalkicking success rate this season (94%), slotting each of their eight penalty goal attempts as well as 25 of 27 conversions.
- Bristol’s Luke Morahan (13) made the most clean breaks in the pool stage and he also ranked in the top four players for metres gained (328).
- The Dragons’ Jordan Williams recorded the third highest tally for metres gained in a single match during the pool stage. He made 155 metres against Enisei-STM in Round 2 despite playing just 34 minutes.
- Ioan Lloyd (Bristol Bears) has been on target with each of his 10 place kicks this season, and no other player has attempted as many without missing at least one.
- Bristol: P70 – W39, D2, L29. Win Rate: 56%
- Dragons: P66 - W37, D0, L29. Win Rate: 56%
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