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Will Carpenter


Posted Thursday, November 21st 2019

Preview: Brive (a) - European Challenge Cup

Bristol Bears head to Stade Amédée-Domenech for the European Challenge Cup Pool Four clash with Brive on Friday night (7pm KO GMT). 

Ioan Lloyd's 22-point haul fired Pat Lam's men to a bonus-point victory over Zebre at Ashton Gate last weekend, as the Bears ran in eight tries on their way to an emphatic opening. 

Brive also got off to a winning start in the competition, battling to a 27-11 victory at Stade Francais. 

Here is everything you need to know ahead of Friday's trip to Stade Amédée-Domenech.

Match details:

  • Date: Friday, November 22nd
  • Kick-off: 7pm (UK time)
  • Competition: European Challenge Cup
  • Where: Stade Amédée-Domenech
  • Referee: Craig Evans Assistant Referees: Ian Davies, Dewi Phillips Citing Commissioner: Claudio Blessano
  • Media coverage: This game will be live streamed by EPCR. Find out more by clicking here
  • Tickets: Tickets for Stade Amédée-Domenech available by clicking here.

Team news

Bristol Bears make eight changes for the trip to Brive, as Pat Lam goes in search of back-to back wins in the European Challenge Cup on Friday (7pm KO GMT).

Sam Bedlow is set for his first outing since the Premiership Cup pool stages in midfield, while Mat Protheroe and Callum Sheedy also return to the backline.

In the pack, Jake Woolmore and Harry Thacker come into the front row and Dave Attwood is selected at lock.

Steven Luatua recovers from a hip injury to captain the side at Stade Amédée-Domenech.

Bristol Bears team to face Brive at Stade Amédée-Domenech on Friday, November 22nd (7pm KO GMT):

15. Mat Protheroe; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Toby Fricker; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. Max Lahiff, 4. Joe Joyce, 5. Dave Attwood, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Luke Hamilton.

Replacements: 16. Will Capon, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. Lewis Thiede, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. John Hawkins, 21. Nic Stirzaker, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Charlie Powell.

CA Brive:

15. Rory Scholes, 14. Setareki Bituniyata, 13. Nico Lee, 12. Alex Dunbar, 11. Eneriko Buliruarua, 10. Enzo Herve, 9. Vasil Lobzhanidze; 1. Hayden Thompson-Stringer, 2. Peniami Narisia, 3. James Johnston, 4. Peet Marais, 5. Victor Lebas, 6. Esteban Abadie, 7. Matthieu Voisin, 8. So'otala Fa'aso'o. 

Replacements: 16. Thomas Acquier, 17. Karlen Asieshvili, 18. Cody Thomas, 19. Jan Uys, 20. Otari Giorgadze, 21. David Delarue, 22. Tedo Abzhandadze, 23. Sevanaia Galala. 

Last time out

Incredibly, this is the first ever meeting between Bristol and Brive, so we take a look back at our trip to France in last season's group stages, and a famous win in La Rochelle.

Saturday, December 15th 2018 | La Rochelle 3-13 Bristol Bears | European Challenge Cup

Bristol Bears recorded one of the most famous European victories in the club’s history with a dogged 13-3 victory over La Rochelle.

In torrential conditions, Jordan Crane’s second half try and a committed defensive display ensured the visitors kept their Challenge Cup hopes alive.

Read the full report here.

Word from the camp

Mat Protheroe insists Bristol Bears will be prepared for the challenge of Brive at Stade Amédée-Domenech on Friday (7pm KO GMT).

Bristol face French outfit Brive in pool four having opened their European Challenge Cup account with a bonus point win at home to Zebre.

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Form guide

Something will have to give in the first European meeting between Brive and Bristol Bears on Friday night at the Stade Amedee-Domenech in Pool Four.

Brive have won seven of their last eight home games against English opposition, but Bristol, the Pool leaders, have emerged victorious in three of their last four away Challenge Cup ties in France.

Key facts:

  • Bristol will be the 11th different English team Brive have faced in European competition.
  • The Bears made 163 tackles last weekend in their 59-21 home drubbing of Zebre Rugby Club – a joint Round 1 high.
  • Bristol’s Ioan Lloyd slotted all eight of his place kicks against Zebre, the joint highest last weekend.

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Max Lahiff vs Hayden Thompson-Stringer

Fresh off the back of an impressive showing against Zebre, Max Lahiff goes head to head with former Saracens prop, Hayden Thompson-Stringer in the front row on Friday night.

Piers O'Conor vs Nico Lee

Another fine solo try from O'Conor capped a trademark display from the fleet-footed centre last weekend, and this time out rising star faces off with South African, former Cheetahs, midfielder, Nico Lee. 

Statto's corner

  • First ever meeting, competitive or otherwise, between Bristol Bears and Brive
  • Sam Bedlow makes his first outing in European Challenge Cup this season
  • The Bears made 163 tackles last weekend in their 59-21 home victory over Zebre – a joint Round One high
Sam Bedlow starts at inside centre against Brive (JMPUK).