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Posted Thursday, October 31st 2019

Preview: Sale Sharks (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Bristol Bears welcome Sale Sharks to Ashton Gate on Friday night in round three of the Gallagher Premiership.

Pat Lam's men suffered their first defeat in five at The Stoop last weekend, as they went down 22-17 in torrential conditions in West London.

Sale on the other hand, bounced back from an opening round defeat to Gloucester with a 41-7 demolition of London Irish at the Madejeski Stadium.


Match details:

  • Date: Friday, November 1st
  • Kick-off: 7.45pm
  • Competition: Gallagher Premiership
  • Where: Ashton Gate
  • Referee: Christophe Ridley, Assistants: Andrew Jackson & Simon Harding, NO.4: Ian Bibey, TMO: David Rose, Timekeeper: Matthew Peters.
  • Media coverage: BBC Radio Bristol, Channel 5 Highlights 
  • Tickets: Bears Season Card holders able to bring two friends for £10 each as part of a ‘Mates Rates’ ticket promotion. Season Card holders have been sent an email with a single-use unique code to pass to friends or family to reduce the price of two Bears v Sale Sharks tickets to £10 each. Find out more here.

Team news

Bristol Bears make four changes for the visit of Sale Sharks in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday (7.45pm KO).

Luke Daniels makes his first Premiership outing of the new campaign in the only change to the backline, as Bristol look to bounce back from narrow defeat at the hands of Harlequins last weekend.

Pat Lam makes three changes to his pack, handing first league starts of the season to Shaun Malton and Jake Heenan, while Dave Attwood returns to the side in the second row.

Bristol Bears team to face Sale Sharks at Ashton Gate on Friday, November 1st (7.45pm KO):

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

Replacements: 16. Harry Thacker, 17. Yann Thomas, 18. Max Lahiff, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Dan Thomas, 21. Harry Randall, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Will Hurrell.

Sale Sharks:

15. Simon Hammersley, 14. Marland Yarde, 13. Cameron Redpath, 12. Rohan van Rensburg, 11. Byron McGuigan, 10. Rob du Preez, 9. Will Cliff. 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Rob Webber, 3. Jake Cooper-Wooley, 4. Josh Beaumont, 5. Bryn Evans, 6. Jean-Luc du Preez, 7. Jono Ross (c), 8. Daniel du Preez.

Replacements: 16. Akker van der Merwe, 17. Valery Morozov, 18. Coenie Oosthuizen, 19. James Phillips, 20. Cameron Neild, 21. Embrose Papier, 22. AJ Macginty, 23. Luke James.


Last time out

Friday, May 3rd 2019 | Harlequins 24-12 Bristol Bears | Premiership Rugby Cup

A breathless, intoxicating, extraordinary finale to this Gallagher Premiership encounter saw Bristol Bears and Sale Sharks eventually share the spoils in a clash that had drama right up until the final whistle.

In an astonishing finale, Faf De Klerk’s stoppage-time penalty rebounded back off the post, just a minute after Ian Madigan’s effort had faded agonisingly wide of the upright.

But the theatre wasn’t finished there, with De Klerk’s miss sparking a dazzling Bears counter-attack that saw the hosts, roared on by more than 20,000 supporters at Ashton Gate, storm 80 metres upfield where Tom Pincus was hauled down five metres short of the line.

In the ensuing melee, the loose ball found its way into the hands of AJ Macginty, who briefly threatened to release De Klerk, before nudging into touch to conclude an absorbing contest.

Read the full report here.


Word from the camp

Pat Lam insists discipline will be key for Bristol to continue their unbeaten home run when Sale Sharks visit the West Country on Friday (7.45pm KO).

Bears have won their first three home games in all competitions in BS3 and the Director of Rugby hailed the positive impact of the Ashton Gate support.

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Form guide

Bristol Bears’ five game unbeaten run in Gallagher Premiership Rugby ended at Harlequins on Saturday.

The Bears are unbeaten in their last five matches at Ashton Gate in all competitions since Worcester beat them there in Premiership Rugby in March.

Sale Sharks only defeat in their last five Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures was 16-18 at home to Gloucester in round one.

Sale’s 41-7 victory at London Irish last weekend ended a three-game winless run on the road in Premiership Rugby, whilst they have not won successive away games in the tournament since November 2014.

Sale have lost just once in their last eight encounters with Bristol in Gallagher Premiership Rugby, and that by a single point at AJ Bell Stadium on New Year’s Day 2017.

Sale have made three previous visits to Ashton Gate in all tournaments, winning one, drawing one and losing one.

Bristol Bears: LWL
Sale Sharks: WLW


Head-to-head

Jake Heenan vs Jean-Luc Du Preez

After earning his place in the starting lineup following two impressive displays from the bench, Jake Heenan goes head-to-head with the physical South African, Jean-Luc du Preez, who returns to the Sharks on a permanent deal after last season's loan spell.

Charles Piutau vs Simon Hammersley

Piutau is often at the heart of the Bears attack from the full back position and announced his return to action with two assists in the opening 15 minutes against Bath.

The All Black faces off with the impressive Simon Hammersley, a standout player for Newcastle Falcons last seasob, who made the switch to the North West during the summer. 


Statto's corner

  • Luke Daniels set for first Premiership outing of campaign
  • Heenan and Malton earn first league starts of season
Luke Daniels returns to action.

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