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Will Carpenter


Posted Thursday, December 26th 2019

Preview: Wasps (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Bristol Bears welcome Wasps to Ashton Gate on Friday night in round seven of the Gallagher Premiership (7.45pm).

Pat Lam's men sit third in the table, with three wins, one draw and two defeats from their opening six games, and head into Friday's clash off the back of a heavy defeat to Saracens at Allianz Park.

Wasps sit third from bottom in the Gallagher Premiership and will be looking to kickstart their season in front of a bumper West Country crowd.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Friday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Wasps at Ashton Gate.

Match details:

  • Date: Friday, December 27th
  • Kick-off: 7.45pm
  • Competition: Gallagher Premiership
  • Where: Ashton Gate
  • Referee: Luke Pearce (94th Premiership game), Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace & Rob Warburton. TMO: Trevor Fisher, Citing Officer: David Guyan.
  • Media coverage: BT Sport 1, BBC Radio Bristol, Channel 5 Highlights 
  • Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets for the match.

Team news

Dave Attwood returns to the starting line-up as Bristol welcome Wasps to BS3 on Friday night (7.45pm KO).

A bumper crowd of over 20,000 is expected for the Ashton Gate clash as Pat Lam’s men look to extend their season-long unbeaten home form.

Lam makes two changes from the side that suffered defeat against Saracens last weekend.

Alapati Leiua come into the backline, while Attwood is the only change to the pack.

Bristol Bears team to face Wasps at Ashton Gate on Friday, December 27th (7.45pm KO):

15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Alapati Leiua, 11. Toby Fricker; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Andy Uren; 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. Jordan Lay, 18. Max Lahiff, 19. Ed Holmes, 20. Luke Hamilton, 21. Harry Randall, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Sam Bedlow.


15. Matteo Minozzi, 14. Zach Kibirige, 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 12. Michael Le Bourgeois, 11. Marcus Watson, 10. Jacob Umaga, 9. Dan Robson; 1. Ben Harris, 2. Tommy Taylor, 3. Kieran Brookes, 4. Joe Launchbury (c), 5. Charlie Matthews, 6. Jack Willis, 7. Thomas Young, 8. Nizaam Carr

Replacements: 16. Tom Cruse, 17. Tom West, 18. Jack Owlett, 19. Thibaud Flament, 20. Sione Vailanu, 21. Will Porter, 22. Jimmy Gopperth, 23. Juan de Jongh.

Last time out

Friday, February 15th 2019 | Bristol Bears 22-29 Wasps | Gallagher Premiership

Bristol Bears were made to pay for a lacklustre first-half as they slipped to a third home defeat of the season in the Gallagher Premiership against Wasps on Friday night.

Thomas Young, Tom Cruse and Nizaam Carr all crossed in a dominant opening 40 minutes from the visitors, as Dai Young’s side took a 16-point advantage into half-time.

Three tries in 15 second-half minutes saw Bristol claw their way back into the contest, as Harry Randall, Piers O’Conor and Charles Piutau gave Pat Lam’s side a lifeline after Will Rowlands had scored Wasps fourth on 52 minutes.

Lima Sopoaga landed a penalty to extend Wasps’ lead to seven points 16 minutes from time, but Bristol were unable to land another blow as Wasps stood firm late on, leaving the home side with a consolation losing bonus-point for their efforts.

Read the full report here.

Word from the camp

Pat Lam has urged his players to bounce back from the defeat against Saracens when Wasps visit Ashton Gate on Friday (7.45pm KO).

Over 20,000 supporters will flock to BS3 as Bristol Bears look to return to winning ways in the Gallagher Premiership and sign off the year in style.

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Form guide

Bristol Bears are one of only two sides who remain unbeaten at home in Gallagher Premiership Rugby this season – the other being Northampton Saints.

The Bears 13-47 reversal at Saracens on Saturday was only their second defeat in Premiership Rugby this campaign, the other being at Harlequins in round two.

Wasps solitary victory in the first six rounds of Gallagher Premiership Rugby was 30-22 at home to Bath in round three.

Wasps most recent away win in Premiership Rugby was at Exeter in April.

Wasps are unbeaten in their last nine encounters with Bristol in Premiership Rugby whilst The Bears only victory in their last 15 meetings in the tournament was 26-21 at Memorial Stadium in September 2006.

Bristol Bears: WWL
Wasps: LLL


Dave Attwood vs Joe Launchbury

Dave Attwood returns to the starting lineup for the festive clash with Wasps, and the powerhouse lock goes head to head with Charlie Matthews. 

Andy Uren vs Dan Robson

There's a lively battle at scrum half on Friday night, as rising star, Andy Uren takes on England international, Dan Robson. Uren has enjoyed a strong start to the season and faces another huge test in round seven. 

Statto's corner

  • Bristol Bears are one of only two sides who remain unbeaten at home in Gallagher Premiership Rugby this season – the other being Northampton Saints
  • Wasps are unbeaten in their last nine encounters with Bristol in Premiership Rugby