Banner image

Author

Will Carpenter

Will Carpenter writes

Posted Friday, December 18th 2020

Match preview: Connacht Rugby (a) - Champions Cup

Everything you need to know ahead of Sunday's Heineken Champions Cup clash with Connacht at the Galway Sports Ground, in our Big Match Preview.



CONNACHT RUGBY LINEUP

15. John Porch, 14. Alex Wootton, 13. Sam Arnold, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Matt Healy, 10. Jack Carty, 9. Kieran Marmion; 1. Denis Buckley, 2. David Heffernan, 3. Finlay Bealham, 4. Eoghan Masterson, 5. Ultan Dillane, 6. Sean Masterson, 7. Conor Oliver, 8. Paul Boyle (c).

Replacements: 16. Shane Delahunt, 17. Jordan Duggan, 18. Jack Aungier, 19. Cian Prendergast, 20. Jarrad Butler, 21. Caolin Blade, 22. Tom Daly, 23. Tiernan O'Halloran

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' Heineken Champions Cup clash with Connacht is on Sunday, December 20th, with kick-off at 5.30pm (UK).

In the UK, the game will be televised on BT Sport 1 HD and broadcast live on BBC Radio Bristol - and you can also follow all the action in our Matchday Centre on bristolbearsrugby.com and on Twitter: @BristolBears, whilst highlights will be available to watch from 10am the following day.

FORM GUIDE

Connacht and Bristol have never faced each other in European competition; in fact, Bristol have only faced one of the four Irish provinces, clashing with Leinster in the pool stage in 2002/03 (L2).

Connacht have hosted Premiership opposition on six occasions in the Heineken Champions Cup with each of those six matches decided by eight points or fewer; Connacht have won half of those games (L3), including the last two in a row.

Bristol are unbeaten in each of their last three away games in European competition (W2, D1), their longest unbeaten run on the road in Europe.

Connacht made more carries (153) than any other side on the opening weekend of the Heineken Champions Cup, they were also one of four sides not to make 100+ tackles (93, also Wasps, Sale, Ulster).

Bristol’s Max Malins not only scored a try and provided an assist in the opening round of the Heineken Champions Cup, he also made the most offloads (4) of any player.

OFFICIALS

Ref: Mike Adamson (Scotland) Assis Ref 1: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Assis Ref 2: Rob O'Sullivan (Ireland), TMO: Joy Neville (Ireland)


Latest News

Report: Saracens Women 17-12 Bristol Bears Women

Report: Saracens Women 17-12 Bristol Bears Women

Posted: Saturday, December 4th 2021

Highlights: Gloucester 27-10 Bristol Bears

Highlights: Gloucester 27-10 Bristol Bears

Posted: Saturday, December 4th 2021

Report: Gloucester 27-10 Bristol Bears

Report: Gloucester 27-10 Bristol Bears

Posted: Friday, December 3rd 2021

"Small margins cost us" - Sheedy

"Small margins cost us" - Sheedy

Posted: Friday, December 3rd 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

LIVE: Bristol Flyers v Plymouth City Patriots
Basketball icon

LIVE: Bristol Flyers v Plymouth City Patriots

Tune in LIVE as Bristol Flyers host Plymouth City Patriots in the BBL Championship (3pm tip-off).

Posted: Sunday, December 5th 2021 • Basketball

🎥 Scott salutes BS3 faithful
Football icon

🎥 Scott salutes BS3 faithful

Alex Scott was full of praise for the Ashton Gate faithful as his goal saw City gain all three points against Derby.

Posted: Saturday, December 4th 2021 • Football

🎥 Pearson praise for attacking intent
Football icon

🎥 Pearson praise for attacking intent

Pearson praised his squad's ambition and aggressiveness to secure three points against Derby County at Ashton Gate.

Posted: Saturday, December 4th 2021 • Football

📸 Gallery: Scott fires City to victory over the Rams
Football icon

📸 Gallery: Scott fires City to victory over the Rams

Alex Scott's 16th-minute strike saw City claim a valuable three points at home against Derby County.

Posted: Saturday, December 4th 2021 • Football

📝 REPORT: Bristol City 1-0 Derby County
Football icon

📝 REPORT: Bristol City 1-0 Derby County

City made it four unbeaten at Ashton Gate with a 1-0 victory over Derby County courtesy of Alex Scott's left-footed strike.

Posted: Saturday, December 4th 2021 • Football