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Posted Thursday, January 3rd 2019

‘We’re prepared for physical battle’ - Thomas

Yann Thomas says Bristol Bears will have to meet Exeter Chiefs head on when they face the Gallagher Premiership leaders at Sandy Park on Saturday.

Bristol head into the game off the back of a thrilling bonus-point victory over Newcastle Falcons at Ashton Gate, while Rob Baxter’s Chiefs have lost two of their last three league games.

But Thomas insists Bristol will be prepared for a ‘physical confrontation’.

“It’s a big game, we know what’s going to come,” he said.

“Exeter are playing some good rugby at the moment, we know they will be a physical pack.

“The way they’ve been playing over the last couple of years, they’ve been a dominant team in the Premiership, so it’s going to be a physical battle and I’m looking forward to it.

“You’ve got to enjoy the physical confrontation, you’ve got to embrace it. You look at the way they’ve been going in the pack, they’ve got one of the most dominant scrums in the league, so that’s a big challenge for us there."

Yann Thomas

“You’ve got to enjoy the physical confrontation, you’ve got to embrace it. You look at the way they’ve been going in the pack, they’ve got one of the most dominant scrums in the league, so that’s a big challenge for us there.

“It’s not one we’re going to shy away from, so we’re looking forward to it and hopefully we can go down there and put in a performance we are proud of.”

Tom Pincus’ late try sealed a dramatic late win for Pat Lam’s side last Sunday, in front of more than 18,000 supporters at Ashton Gate. And Thomas says Bristol will head down the M5 full of confidence.

“Newcastle was a good win for us, off the back of a performance we weren’t too proud of up at Sale,” he said.

“It was a big game for us, to come back to Ashton Gate in front of a big crowd, so to get the win was great for us and we’re now looking forward to the weekend down at Sandy Park.”


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