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Shoguns break Bristol attendance record

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The club's previous record attendance during the professional era was the 10,693 who packed into the Memorial Stadium to watch the Shoguns take on Gloucester earlier this season.

Also included in the current sales of 10,700 is a record 1,000 corporate supporters, again a Premiership record for the club.

The game is taking place at Bristol City FC's Ashton Gate stadium on Sunday, May 4 and is likely to be a watershed for the professional game in Bristol given the problems which have beset the once-dominant club this season.

Certainly, Bristol's Argentinian scrum-half Agustin Pichot is hoping that his side's fans outnumber those making the trip from Bath, another team threatened with relegation.

"Bath are trying to turn this game into their home game," said Pichot. "I know the Bristol public will come forward in their thousands and make it an Ashton Gate full of Shoguns supporters.

"As we're not playing at the Memorial Stadium it is vital that our fans turn up in large numbers and turn Ashton Gate into a place for Bristol people to be on Sunday.

"The Bath game is going to be the biggest game I can remember. What we want is a full stadium against Bath."

But before the Bath clash, Bristol have another crucial Zurich Premiership tie – against Saracens on Tuesday night at Vicarage Road in Watford.

Saracens are currently three places above – but only one point ahead of – the Shoguns on the Premiership table and a defeat for either side could have far-reaching consequences.

Tickets for Sunday's match are still available online at bristolshoguns.co.uk and from the Shoguns Ticket Hotline on 0117 311 1461. All supporters who book before 5pm on Thursday, May 1 save £3 on each ticket.

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