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Tom Tainton

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Posted Friday, January 10th 2020

Team news: Bristol Bears vs Brive

Bristol Bears can secure a quarter final place with victory over Brive on Saturday (3pm KO).

  • Lam makes eight changes for Brive encounter
  • Bristol can secure quarter final with victory
  • Bears unbeaten in Challenge Cup competition
  • Mat Protheroe returns to starting line-up

Pat Lam makes eight changes for the European Challenge Cup clash at Ashton Gate, with Bears topping pool four with an unbeaten record in the competition so far.

Mat Protheroe, Luke Morahan and Sam Bedlow come into the backline, while Jake Woolmore and Max Lahiff are included in the front row.

Dave Attwood and Joe Joyce form the second-row partnership, while Luke Hamilton is named at no.8.

“We’ve done four great rounds to put ourselves in a fantastic position. Nothing is guaranteed, as we know, but we just stay focused on this journey."

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam

“We’ve done four great rounds to put ourselves in a fantastic position. Nothing is guaranteed, as we know, but we just stay focused on this journey,” said Lam.

“Teams before have done the first four rounds really well but then blown the last couple or got to a quarter and lost there. It’s a cup competition, so we go one game at a time.”

Six players on the replacements bench have come through the club’s Academy system, including Ollie Dawe, who could make his first European outing of the campaign on Saturday.

Bristol Bears team to face Brive at Ashton Gate on Saturday, January 11th (3pm KO):

15. Mat Protheroe; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Piers O’Conor, 12. Sam Bedlow, 11. Alapati Leiua; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Harry Randall; 1. Jake Woolmore, 2. Harry Thacker, 3. Max Lahiff, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Joe Joyce, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Luke Hamilton.

Replacements: 16. Will Capon, 17. Ollie Dawe, 18. Lewis Thiede, 19. John Hawkins, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Andy Uren, 22. Ioan Lloyd, 23. Charlie Powell.

Unavailable: Yann Thomas (achilles), John Afoa (ribs), Aly Muldowney (head), Chris Vui (illness), Adrian Choat (ankle), Siale Piutau (knee), Jack Bates (hamstring), Luke Daniels (shoulder), Ryan Edwards (head), Charles Piutau (knee).