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Posted Thursday, April 22nd 2021

Match preview: Exeter Chiefs (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the round 17 Gallagher Premiership clash with Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate.


EXETER CHIEFS LINEUP

15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Ollie Devoto, 11. Tom O’Flaherty, 10. Joe Simmonds (c), 9. Jack Maunder; 1. Ben Moon, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Jonny Gray, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Sam Skinner, 7. Jacques Vermeulen, 8. Sam Simmonds.

Replacements: 16. Jack Yeandle, 17. Alec Hepburn, 18. Harry Williams, 19. Sean Lonsdale, 20. Richard Capstick, 21. Stu Townsend, 22. Harvey Skinner, 23. Ian Whitten

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' Gallagher Premiership Round 17 clash with Ashton Gate is on Friday, April 23rd, with kick-off at 7.45pm (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

Bristol Bears have won their last six Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches since their 34-all draw at London Irish on 21 February, another victory would tie Bristol’s best winning run in the competition set 12 months ago.

The Bears have lost just twice at Ashton Gate this season, to Clermont Auvergne in the European Champions Cup and to Sale in Round Eight of Premiership Rugby.

Exeter Chiefs only defeat in the last five rounds of Gallagher Premiership Rugby was 18-34 at Gloucester on March 26. The Chiefs have lost two of their last three away games, at Sale in Round 11 and at Gloucester in Round 15.

In Premiership Rugby, Exeter have the edge in previous meetings with Bristol, leading by five wins to two and beat the Bears over two legs in the Championship in 2010 to be promoted to the Premiership for the first time.

The Chiefs have visited Ashton Gate on six previous occasions and won them all, the most recent of which was against Racing 92 in the final of last season’s European Champions Cup.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Wayne Barnes (238th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Paul Dix & Jamie Leahy. TMO: Tom Foley. Citing Officer: Buster White.


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