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Posted Thursday, May 27th 2021

Match preview: Sale Sharks (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the round 20 Gallagher Premiership clash with Sale Sharks at AJ Bell Stadium.


SALE SHARKS LINEUP

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' Gallagher Premiership Round 20 clash with Sale Sharks at AJ Bell Stadium is on Friday, May 28th, 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

Sale Sharks have won their last six Gallagher Premiership Rugby encounters their best run since season 2005/06. Sale have never won seven successive Premiership Rugby matches. The Sharks have been victorious in their last five games at AJ Bell Stadium since their 22-27 reversal there on February 12th.

Bristol Bears only defeat in the last eleven rounds of Gallagher Premiership Rugby was 12-20 at home to Exeter on April 23rd. The Bears have lost just once away from home in Premiership Rugby this season: 20-23 at Wasps in Round One.

Sale have lost just one of their last five fixtures against Bristol: 10-16 at Ashton Gate in November 2019, whilst the Bears only victory at AJ Bell Stadium was by a single point on New Year’s Day 2017.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Christophe Ridley (39th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Hamish Smales & Peter Allan. TMO: Ian Tempest. Citing Officer: Brian Campsall.


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