RECAP: Exeter Chiefs v Bristol Bears
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to the Premiership Round Four encounter between Exeter Chiefs and the Bristol Bears at Sandy Park.
Exeter Chiefs’ last four matches in Premiership have resulted in two wins and two defeats. The Chiefs’ only loss at Sandy Park in any competition since last December was 19-26 to Wasps in Premiership in April.
Bristol Bears have lost only one of their last seven Premiership fixtures: 17-22 to Harlequins in their most recent away game on 26 October. In just one of those games did The Bears secure a try bonus point.
Exeter has won their last nine fixtures against Bristol in all competitions since The Bears beat them 25-16 at Sandy Park in the Championship in December 2009.
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Exeter Chiefs: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tom O’Flaherty, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Alex Cuthbert, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Nic White, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Jannes Kirsten, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Jack Yeandle (captain), 1 Alec Hepburn.
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Billy Keast, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Sean Lonsdale, 20 Don Armand, 21 Jack Maunder, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Jack Nowell.
Bristol Bears: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Will Hurrell, 12 Siale Piutau, 11 Piers O’Conor, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Harry Randall, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Jake Heenan, 6 Steven Luatua (captain), 5 Chris Vui, 4 Dave Attwood, 3 John Afoa, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Jake Woolmore.
Replacements: 16 Will Capon, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Lewis Thiede, 19 Ed Holmes, 20 Dan Thomas, 21 Andy Uren, 22 Ioan Lloyd, 23 Toby Fricker.
Referee: Karl Dickson
Assistant Referees: Simon Harding & Jonathan Healy.
TMO: Keith Lewis.