THE Dragons will take on Bristol in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup.

The Rodney Parade region secured a place in the last eight of the competition with victory against Enisei-STM on Friday night, heading into the knockout stages as one of the best runners-up behind Pool One winners Castres.

They have a perfect record in the quarter-finals after beating Brive in 2007, Cardiff Blues in 2015 and Gloucester in 2016 but and will be underdogs again at Ashton Gate on the weekend of April 3.

It will be a return to the West Country for Dragons director of rugby Dean Ryan, who played and coached Bristol. He also played alongside Bears counterpart Pat Lam at Newcastle.

Bristol had already qualified for the last eight as group winner and drew at Zebre, meaning that the Dragons will head to the West Country rather than France.

The winners will face either Bordeaux-Begles or Edinburgh, with the Dragons unable to earn home advantage in the semi-finals.

The Scarlets have also made the quarters and will travel to Toulon, who did the double over them in the group stages. The winners of that tie will lock horns with either Leicester or Castres.