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Preview: Worcester Warriors v Bristol Rugby

Worcester Warriors v Bristol Rugby (29-28 on aggregate)
Greene King IPA Championship Play-Off Final Second Leg
Wednesday, May 27th, 7.45pm, Sixways Stadium

Worcester take a one point advantage into the Championship final second leg on Wednesday (7.45pm kick-off). 

In the opening leg, in front of over 12,000 supporters at Ashton Gate, the Warriors edged a pulsating contest as replacement hooker Niall Annett squeezed over for an eightieth try to seal a 28-29 win.

Tries from David Lemi (2) and Mitch Eadie, together with ten points from the boot of Gavin Henson and a Nicky Robinson penalty, had seen Bristol lead 28-22 with seconds left on the clock – but Annett powered over from close range and Ryan Lamb slotted home the conversion, to earn a dramatic win for Worcester.

The last time these two sides met at Sixways – on the final day of the regular campaign – Bristol inflicted Worcester’s first home defeat of the season, sealing a 30-26 victory to confirm top spot.

The winner of Wednesday's clash will earn a place in the Aviva Premiership for the 2015/16 season.

Team News

Three Academy graduates are drafted into the starting line-up as Bristol go in search of a victory that would seal promotion at Sixways.

Jack Tovey starts in the midfield, while Marco Mama and Ben Glynn come into the pack for the Championship final second leg.

Andy Robinson makes a total of five changes from the side that suffered a 28-29 loss in the first leg, as Ben Mosses and Nicky Robinson are also named in the backline.

Ryan Jones (shoulder) and Gavin Henson (shin) are unavailable for selection.

Olly Robinson comes onto the replacements bench as Bristol retain a four forwards and three backs split.

Bristol Rugby team to face Worcester Warriors at Sixways on Wednesday, 27 May (7.45pm kick-off):

Jack Wallace; Charlie Amesbury, Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, David Lemi; Nicky Robinson, Dwayne Peel (c); Kyle Traynor, Chris Brooker, Gaston Cortes, Ben Glynn, Mark Sorenson, Marco Mama, Jack Lam, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Max Crumpton, Anthony Perenise, Glen Townson, Olly Robinson, Tom Kessell, Matthew Morgan, Gareth Maule.

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