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Match Preview – Bristol Bears v Wasps

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Exciting match-ups again this weekend in the English Premiership and it starts with the Bears against Wasps on Friday.

Here is the Current Standings:

2021 Gallagher English Premiership

PosTeamPWLDPFPAPDPts
113102135521611051
214104034822712149
31485140829711144
4138502802413937
513562240236435
613760222238-1635
714770308377-6934
814770290307-1733
914680209238-2930
1014680304361-5730
11143110291377-8620
12143110194314-12018

Bristol are unbeaten in their last four rounds of the Premiership and will want to keep it that way with their six points clear on the log.

Wasps on the other hand have won just once in their last six fixtures which may look like an uphill battle against the log leaders.

One thing that do count for Wasps is that they have won their last eleven matches in the Premiership against Bristol.

Nathan Hughes will make a return for the home side this weekend.

We also see the return of Charles Piutau and Bryan Byrne for the Bears while Tiff Eden will make his first start since December with Daniel and Yann Thomas are named in the pack.

Charlie Powell will make is first Premiership appearance of the season from the bench.

For Wasps we see two changes to the starting line-up with Sione Vailanu making his first start this season.

In the backs we see Gopperth at inside centre with Owlett that could make his first appearance of the season off the bench.

Teams:

Bristol Bears: 15. Charles Piutau; 14. Niyi Adeolokun, 13. Henry Purdy, 12. Piers O’Conor, 11. Siva Naulago; 10. Tiff Eden, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Bryan Byrne, 3. Max Lahiff, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Joe Joyce, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Dan Thomas, 8. Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: 16. Will Capon, 17. Jake Woolmore, 28. John Afoa, 19. Chris Vui, 20. Jake Heenan, 21. Tom Kessell, 22. Charlie Powell, 23. Toby Fricker.

Wasps: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Will Porter, 1 Tom West, 2 Gabriel Oghre, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 4 Will Rowlands, 5 James Gaskell, 6 Brad Shields (c), 7 Thomas Young, 8 Sione Vailanu

Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Ben Harris, 18 Jack Owlett, 19 Levi Douglas, 20 Tom Willis, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Michael Le Bourgeois, 23 Matteo Minozzi

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