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Posted Friday, November 27th 2020

Match preview: Worcester Warriors (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Worcester Warriors at Ashton Gate, in our Langley House Big Match Preview.

WORCESTER LINEUP

15. Melani Nanai, 14. Tom Howe, 13. Oli Morris, 12. Francois Venter, 11. Nick David, 10. Billy Searle, 9. Francois Hougaard; 1. Callum Black, 2. Niall Annett, 3. Nick Schonert, 4. Anton Bresler, 5. Andrew Kitchener, 6. Ted Hill (c), 7. Matt Kvesic, 8. Marco Mama.

Replacements: 16. Beck Cutting, 17. Ethan Waller, 18. Richard Palframan, 19. George Merrick, 20. Joe Batley, 21. Gareth Simpson, 22. Jamie Shillcock, 23. Ashley Beck.

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' first home game of the season in the Gallagher Premiership is against Worcester Warriors on Saturday, November 28th, with kick-off at 3pm (UK).

In the UK, the game will be televised on the BT Sport red button and app 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 lost their last two matches in Gallagher Premiership Rugby, both to Wasps; they have not lost three games in succession in the competition since Christmas and New Year last season. The Bears solitary defeat at Ashton Gate in 2020 in any competition was 22-25 to Exeter in Round 6 of Premiership Rugby’s last campaign.

Worcester Warriors have won their last three Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures (excluding defaulted games), they have not won four in succession in the competition since March 2016.

Bristol have won their last two encounters against Worcester but have never won three consecutive games against the Warriors. Worcester have won twice before at Ashton Gate, both very narrowly, 29- 28 in the first leg of the RFU Championship Final in 2015 and 27-25 in Gallagher Premiership Rugby in March 2019.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Ian Tempest (76th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: John Meredith & Peter Allan. TMO: Craig Maxwell-Keys. Citing Officer: Chris Catling.


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