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Posted Friday, January 8th 2021

Match preview: Exeter Chiefs (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the top of the table Gallagher Premiership clash with Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park, in our Big Match Preview.


EXETER CHIEFS LINEUP

15. Jack Walsh, 14. Olly Woodburn, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Ollie Devoto, 11. Ian Whitten, 10. Joe Simmonds (c), 9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; 1. Alec Hepburn, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Harry Williams, 4. Will Witty, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Dave Ewers, 7. Don Armand, 8. Sam Simmonds.

Replacements: 16. Jack Yeandle, 17. James Kenny, 18. Tomas Francis, 19. Tom Price, 20. Sam Skinner, 21. Sam Maunder, 22. Corey Baldwin, 23. James Short

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' round six Gallagher Premiership clash with Exeter Chiefs is on Saturday, January 9th, with kick-off at 2pm (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

Exeter Chiefs’ eight game winning run in all tournaments (excluding the declared defeat to Toulouse) ended at Wasps on Saturday. The Chiefs have lost only once at Sandy Park in any competition since February: 19 -22 to London Irish in September.

Bristol Bears have lost only once in their last six first team matches: 38-51 at home to Clermont Auvergne in the European Champions Cup. The Bears have won their last two away games at Connacht in the Champions Cup and at Harlequins in Gallagher Premiership rugby.

Exeter have been defeated only once by Bristol in all tournaments since 2009: 17-20 the last time the two clubs met at Sandy Park in November 2019.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Karl Dickson (35th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Robert Warburton & Jonathan Healy. TMO: David Rose. Citing Officer: Duncan Bell.


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