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Posted Friday, October 5th 2018

Preview: Worcester Warriors v Bristol Bears

Bristol Bears will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s high-scoring defeat to Northampton Saints when they make the short trip to Sixways to take on Worcester Warriors on Sunday.

Alan Solomons’ Warriors were beaten 28-11 at Sandy Park by high-flying Exeter Chiefs, but recorded an impressive 44-37 victory over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road the previous week.

Here's your big match preview ahead of Sunday's clash:


Last time out:

Worcester Warriors 41-24 Bristol Rugby - Sun, 5th March 2017 - Sixways

Bristol were made to pay for a lacklustre first half performance as they fell to a 41-24 defeat to Worcester Warriors.

Mark Tainton’s side trailed 31-10 at half time and were outscored by six tries to three at Sixways as Bryce Heem (2), Francois Hougaard, Will Spencer and Wynand Olivier all crossed, after an early penalty try had set the ball rolling.

Bristol responded through Jason Woodward, Max Crumpton and Tom Varndell but they were mere consolation on a disappointing afternoon. 


Head-to-head:

Yann Thomas

Yann Thomas joined Bristol Bears from French Fédérale 1 outfit, Stade Rouennais ahead of the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership season.

The former Gloucester Rugby man has made an impressive start to the Gallagher Premiership season, starting all five of Bristol Bears' games so far. His match-up with Schonert looks set to be a mouthwatering one.

Nick Schonert

Nick Schonert joined Warriors from Super Rugby side the Cheetahs in the summer of 2014.

The tighthead prop became a regular from the outset and an impressive 2017/18 season saw him earn another England training camp call-up before he was handed his first appearance in the Red Rose against the Barbarians at Twickenham in May 2018.


Steven Luatua

All Black, Steven Luatua has been a shining light in the opening five rounds of the Gallagher Premiership, with a series of eye-catching performances in the Bristol Bears back-row.

Luatua has captained Pat Lam's side in every game this season, and will co-captain with Siale Piutau at Sixways on Sunday. 

Marco Mama

Former Bristol Bears player, Marco Mama initially joined Warriors on loan in August 2015 before signing a permanent deal at Sixways in January 2016.

Mama goes head-to-head with 16-cap All Black, Steven Luatua on Sunday, with the all-round back-row battle set to be decisive. 


Word from the camps:

Pat Lam

"There will be a big crowd. I know Solly (Alan Solomons) well and he’ll have them fired up and will have put a big emphasis on this game.

"They’re very strong and they’ve been very unlucky – they could easily be five from five."

Alan Solomons

"Anyone who has watched Bristol in the Championship and their five Premiership matches knows how good they are.

"Bristol have prepared well in the Championship. They have had the same team, the same systems and the same coaching staff and they have brought in some big players."


Form guide:

Worcester Warriors have won just one of their last six Gallagher Rugby Premiership matches: 44-37 at Leicester in round four. The Warriors most recent victory at Sixways in the tournament was against Harlequins in round 21 last season.

Bristol Bears only victory in their last four Gallagher Premiership fixtures was 20-13 at home to Harlequins in round four. Bristol’s most recent away victory came at Hartpury in round 22 of last year’s RFU Championship.

The last seven meetings between the two clubs in all competitions have been evenly split with three wins apiece plus a draw. Bristol have only ever won twice at Sixways, in Premiership Rugby in September 2006 and in the Championship in April 2015.

Bristol Bears: LWL
Worcester Warriors: LWL


Weather forecast

Met Office says: 

After an early frost on Sunday, the outlook is dry and sunny, with some bright spells, and turning warmer. Maximum temperature 13°C. 


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