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Posted Wednesday, October 5th 2022

Number Crunch: Chiefs challenge

All of the key player, team and form statistics ahead of the Gallagher Premiership round five clash with Exeter Chiefs at Ashton Gate.


  • Jake Heenan has made 56 tackles so far this season, the second-highest total in the league. Having only missed one, his 98% tackle success rate is the best of any player who has made more than 45
  • A distributor in the midfield, Piers O’Conor has passed on the move more than any other player in the league, shifting the ball 17 times whilst moving forwards.
  • Ever industrious, Chris Vui has been the most regular carrier for the Bears, taking the ball on a total of 36.
  • Bristol Bears’ 100% winning record in Gallagher Premiership Rugby this season ended with their 15-30 loss at Newcastle Falcons last Friday.
  • The Bears have not lost at Ashton Gate in Premiership Rugby since Harlequins were the visitors on 13 March.
  • Exeter Chiefs four game winning run in Gallagher Premiership Rugby ended with their 20-28 reversal at Sale on Saturday.
  • Exeter have won just once away from home in Premiership Rugby since February: 36-21 at Worcester Warriors in Round 2.
  • The last six meetings between the two clubs in Premiership Rugby have been evenly shared with three wins apiece.
  • Exeter have visited Ashton Gate on nine previous occasions against all opponents and have only lost once: 33-40 to Bristol in Premiership Rugby in May. This figure also includes their European Champions Cup final victory over Racing 92 in 2020.

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