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Posted Thursday, December 24th 2020

Match preview: Harlequins (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the Gallagher Premiership Boxing Day clash with Harlequins at the The Stoop, in our Big Match Preview.



HARLEQUINS LINEUP

1. Jordan Els, 2. Scott Baldwin, 3. Wilco Louw, 4. Dino Lamb, 5. Glen Young, 6. James Chisholm, 7. Will Evans, 8. Alex Dombrandt (c), 9. Danny Care, 10. Marcus Smith, 11. Ross Chisholm, 12. Ben Tapuai, 13. James Lang, 14. Louis Lynagh, 15. Mike Brown

Impact Players: 16. Elia Elia, 17. Santiago Garcia Botta, 18. Simon Kerrod, 19. Hugh Tizard, 20. Tom Lawday, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. Lennox Anyanwu, 23.Tyrone Green

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' round four Gallagher Premiership clash with Harlequins is on Saturday, December 26th, with kick-off at 2pm (UK).

In the UK, the game will be televised on BT Sport 1 HD - 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

Harlequins have won their last two Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches, both on the road at Northampton and Gloucester and have not won three in a row in the competitions since March 2019.

The Londoners have lost their last three fixtures at Twickenham Stoop in Premiership Rugby and have not lost four successive home games in the tournament since season 2009/10.

Bristol Bears have won their last two Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches but both fixtures against Worcester and Northampton were played at Ashton Gate. The Bears have lost their last two away games in the tournament, but both were to Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.

Bristol beat Harlequins 28-15 the last time the two clubs met in March and have not won successive encounters against Quins in Premiership Rugby since 2006. Bristol won on their most recent visit to the Twickenham Stoop in October, but that match was against London Irish.

They have not beaten Harlequins on their home patch since a victory in the European Cup in December 2007 whilst their most recent victory there in Premiership Rugby was in September 2001.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Matthew Carley (99th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Karl Dickson & Andrew Jackson. TMO: Wayne Barnes. Citing Officer: John Byett.


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