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Preview: London Scottish v Bristol Rugby

London Scottish welcome Bristol to the Richmond Athletic Ground in a fourth meeting between the two sides already this season on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

In three games so far, played across league and cup, Bristol have emerged victorious on each occasion.

A 42-17 Championship win in September saw six tries as Auguy Slowik, Marco Mama, Jack Lam and Dwayne Peel all dotted down, while Bristol added two penalty tries at Ashton Gate.

Then, in the B&I Cup Pool One clash back in October 2014, a young Bristol side ran out 22-18 winners as Mark Cooke struck seventeen points in a scrappy affair, while Luke Eves crossed for a second half try.

In the penultimate round of B&I Cup pool clashes, Kyle Traynor, Ben Skirving and Gaston Cortes crossed in a routine 22-14 victory.

The last time Bristol met the Exiles in the league at the Richmond Athletic Ground, Andy Robinson’s side romped to a 55-31 victory as Andy Short (2), Adam Hughes (2), Ross Rennie, George Watkins and Luke Baldwin all touched down.

London Scottish include former Bristol quartet Matt Williams, Chevvy Pennycook, James Phillips, Josh Brown and Mark Lilley in their ranks, while Errie Claassens announced his retirement from the game in January.

Following Saturday’s game, Scottish face resurgent Plymouth Albion at Brickfields on Sunday, 15 February.

Team News

Ryan Jones is set to for a return to the starting line-up when Bristol face London Scottish on Saturday (3pm KO).

The Wales international - who will feature for the first time since New Year’s Day - is one of six changes for the clash at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

Record try-scorer George Watkins makes his first league start since November in the only change to the backline.

Ross McMillan makes his full competitive debut at hooker, while Gaston Cortes, Glen Townson and Mark Sorenson also earn starts.

Olly Robinson (head), Nick Koster (neck), Ian Evans (sickness) and Anthony Perenise (calf) are unavailable for selection.

Bristol Rugby team to face London Scottish at the Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday, 7 February (3pm KO):

Jack Wallace; George Watkins, Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, David Lemi; Matthew Morgan, Dwayne Peel (c); Jack O’Connell, Ross McMillan, Gaston Cortes, Glen Townson, Mark Sorenson, Ryan Jones, Marco Mama, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Chris Brooker, James Hall, Ben Glynn, Josh Ovens, Craig Hampson, Nicky Robinson, Gareth Maule.

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