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Posted Friday, November 8th 2019

Preview: Exeter Chiefs (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Bristol Bears travel to Devon to face Exeter Chiefs on Sunday (3pm KO) in round four of the Gallagher Premiership. 

Pat Lam's men battled to a second league win of the season against Sale Sharks last week, with 11 points from the boot of Callum Sheedy and Ioan Lloyd's late try sealing victory. 

Chiefs also got back to winning ways after defeat to Bath in round two, battling back to beat Worcester Warriors at Sixways on Sunday afternoon.


Match details:

  • Date: Sunday, November 10th
  • Kick-off: 3pm
  • Competition: Gallagher Premiership
  • Where: Sandy Park
  • Referee: Karl Dickson (20th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Simon Harding & Jonathan Healy. TMO: Keith Lewis. Citing Officer: John Byett
  • Media coverage: BT Sport 1, BBC Radio Bristol, Channel 5 Highlights 
  • Tickets: If you're heading to Sandy Park on Sunday, click here for ticket information.

Team news

Harry Randall will make his first Premiership start of the campaign as Bristol Bears travel to Exeter Chiefs on Sunday (3pm KO).

The scrum half is one of three changes to Pat Lam’s side ahead of the Sandy Park clash, televised lived on BT Sport HD.

Harry Thacker is named in the front row in the only change to the pack, while Will Hurrell comes into the midfield with Piers O’Conor switching to the wing.

Bristol Bears team to face Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Sunday, November 10th (3pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Will Hurrell, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Piers O’Conor; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. John Afoa, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Jake Heenan, 8. Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: 16. Will Capon, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. Lewis Thiede, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Dan Thomas, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Toby Fricker.

Exeter Chiefs:

15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Tom O’Flaherty, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Sam Hill, 11. Alex Cuthbert, 10. Joe Simmonds, 9. Nic White; 1. Alec Hepburn, 2. Jack Yeandle (c), 3. Harry Williams, 4. Jannes Kirtsen, 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Jacques Vermeulen, 7. Matt Kvesic, 8. Sam Simmonds.

Replacements: 16. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17. Billy Keast, 18. Marcus Street, 19. Sean Lonsdale, 20. Don Armand, 21. Jack Maunder, 22. Gareth Steenson, 23. Jack Nowell.


Last time out

Saturday, October 12th 2019 | Exeter Chiefs 42-19 Bristol Bears | Premiership Rugby Cup

A spirited Bristol Bears signed off their Premiership Cup campaign with defeat at Sandy Park, as Exeter Chiefs booked their place in the knockout stages of the competition.

First-half tries from Jack Bates and Tom Pincus were cancelled out by a strong Chiefs outfit, as they wrapped up the bonus point by half-time to lead 28-12 at the break.

Jonny Hill, Jack Maunder, Sam Simmonds and Harry Williams all went over from close range inside the opening 40 minutes, before Dave Dennis’ effort midway through the second half put Rob Baxter’s side into a commanding position.

Will Capon grabbed Bristol’s third to take them within a score of the bonus point, but it was Chiefs who had the final say through Marcus Street to take the spoils in Devon.

Read the full report here.


Word from the camp

Jake Heenan is relishing the opportunity for Bears to continue their positive start to the campaign against Exeter Chiefs on Sunday (3pm KO).

Bristol are second in the Gallagher Premiership with ten points chalked up so far and Heenan believes the televised clash at Sandy Park will be another exciting challenge for the squad.

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Form guide

Exeter Chiefs last four matches in Gallagher Premiership Rugby have resulted in two wins and two defeats.

The Chiefs only loss at Sandy Park in any competition since last December was 19-26 to Wasps in Premiership Rugby in April.

Bristol Bears have lost only one of their last seven Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures: 17-22 to Harlequins in their most recent away game on 26 October.

In just one of those games did The Bears secure a try bonus point.

Exeter have won their last nine fixtures against Bristol in all competitions since The Bears beat them 25-16 at Sandy Park in the RFU Championship in December 2009.

Referee: Karl Dickson. Assistant Referees: Simon Harding & Jonathan Healy. TMO: Keith Lewis. Citing Officer: John Byett

Bristol Bears: LWL
Exeter Chiefs: WLW


Head-to-head

Harry Thacker vs Jack Yeandle

Thacker returns to the starting lineup in place of Shaun Malton, and the front row dynamo goes up against the experienced Chiefs captain, Jack Yeandle in what promises to be an exciting tussle in the number two shirt.

Harry Randall vs Nic White

Randall makes his first start of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season after a string of impressive cameos off the bench. His opposite number is Wallaby international, Nic White, who was one of his country's standout performers in Japan.


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