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Preview: Worcester Warriors v Bristol Rugby

Worcester Warriors v Bristol Rugby
Sixways Stadium
Saturday, April 25th, 3pm

Bristol Rugby can consolidate top spot in the Greene King IPA Championship, should they overcome Worcester Warriors at Sixways (3pm kick-off).

On the final day of the regular season, Dean Ryan's men host top-of-the-table Bristol, with the victors going in the play-offs in first position.

Worcester fell to a 23-19 defeat to Bristol on the opening day of the campaign as tries from Andy Short, David Lemi and Ben Mosses ensured victory at Ashton Gate.

Since then, Warriors have lost only once more - away to Jersey in St Peter - while securing the B&I Cup with a defeat of Doncaster Knights.

Last weekend, Worcester scored ten tries to hand Cornish Pirates their heaviest Championship defeat.

After trailing to an early Kieran Hallett penalty and going down to fourteen men when Ryan Lamb was sinbinned, Worcester bounced back spectacularly.

Scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone and winger Cooper Vuna each grabbed a hat-trick at Mennaye Field.

Team News

A number of first team players return to fitness ahead of Bristol’s final game of the regular season.

Mark Sorenson recovers from a bicep injury to skipper the side, while Chris Brooker and Marco Mama are also selected in the pack.

Andy Robinson makes a total of ten changes for the Sixways clash, as first play second in Round 22 of the Greene King IPA Championship.

Auguy Slowik earns a first league start since January and the Academy flyer is joined by George Watkins, Ben Mosses and Nicky Robinson in a new-look backline.

Tom Kessell is set for his first competitive start in Bristol colours, while international duo Jack Lam and Kyle Traynor also come into the starting line-up.

Max Crumpton is listed among the replacements after returning from a long-term knee injury, while Jamal Ford-Robinson could make his first outing for the Club after being included in the 22-man squad.

Bristol Rugby team to face Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium on Saturday, 25 April (3pm KO):

Auguy Slowik; George Watkins, Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, Charlie Amesbury; Nicky Robinson, Tom Kessell; Kyle Traynor, Chris Brooker, Anthony Perenise, Glen Townson, Mark Sorenson (c), Marco Mama, Jack Lam, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Max Crumpton, Jack O’Connell, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Joe Joyce, Olly Robinson, Craig Hampson, Adrian Jarvis.