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ROUND 20 | PREVIEW | Bristol vs Wasps

By Thomas Branston


Ashton Gate (Kick-off 3pm)

Referee: Greg M Garner

Assistant Refs: Anthony Woodthorpe, Roger Baileff

TMO: Stuart Terheege


Bristol Rugby will feel hard done by after their last-gasp defeat to Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday. The relegation-threatned club have won just once in Aviva Premiership since new year’s day, the 12-11 over Bath at home on 26 February.

Bristol’s three other victories at Ashton Gate this season were against Sale in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, Pau in the European Challenge Cup and Worcester on Boxing Day in the Premiership

Wasps on the other hand sit at the opposite end of the table and have won their last four Premiership matches since their reversal at Sale on 19 February, this is their only defeat in the tournament since mid-November. Wasps have won only once away from home in any tournament since January, a 24-3 victory over Bath at the Rec in Round 17.

Bristol have an extremely steep climb to face if they are to overcome Wasps as the visitors are unbeaten in their last six encounters with Bristol since the west countrymen’s 26-21 victory at Memorial Stadium in the Premiership in September 2006. This will be Wasps’ first visit to Ashton Gate.

Last time out Wasps recorded their biggest win of the season beating Bristol 70-22 at the Ricoh Arena in September. What was Andy Robinson’s Bristol trailed by 37-3 at half-time thanks to tries from Taylor, Wade, Daly, Cooper-Wooley and Symons and the second period didn’t get much better as Wasps ran riot to record a huge victory.


Bristol | 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Ryan Edwards, 13 Will Hurrell, 12 Gavin Henson, 11 Jack Tovey, 10 Billy Searle, 9 Alby Mathewson; 1 Ryan Bevington, 2 Marc Jones (c), 3 Gaston Cortes, 4 James Phillips, 5 Mark Sorenson, 6 Sam Jeffries, 7 Nick Fenton-Wells, 8 Mitch Eadie

Replacements | 16 Max Crumpton, 17 Jack O’Connell, 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19 Ben Glynn, 20 Olly Robinson, 21 Rhodri Williams, 22 Tusi Pisi, 23 Charlie Amesbury

Wasps | 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Joe Simpson; 1 Matt Mullan, 2 Tommy Taylor, 3 Phil Swainston, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 5 Matt Symons, 6 James Haskell, 7 Guy Thompson, 8 Nathan Hughes

Replacements | 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Kearnan Myall, 20 Thomas Young, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Alapati Leiua

Aviva Premiership Round Up

By Thomas Branston

Saracens 40-19 Harlequins

Saracens guaranteed themselves a playoff spot after hammering Harlequins in front of 71,324 at Wembley Stadium. Chris Ashton impressed as he scored his fifth try in three games as Saracens kept the pressure on Wasps and Exeter Chiefs at the top of the table.

Defeat for Quins means they remain five points adrift of the play-off spots in sixth, with fourth-placed Leicester and Bath equal on points.

Bath 27-21 Leicester Tigers

Anthony Watson stole the headlines as he scored two late tries as Bath came from behind to beat Leicester at Twickenham.

In front of almost 62,000 fans, in their ‘home game’, Bath trailed 21-13 with just 14 minutes left but Watson had the final say to help secure victory.

Bath remain fifth, but move level on points with fourth-placed Leicester, with three games left, although the Tigers appear to have the easier run-in.

Wasps 32-30 Northampton Saints

Matt Mullan scored a last-minute try to secure a thrilling victory over Northampton at the Ricoh Arena.

Tries by Ben Foden, Alex Waller and George North put the visitors ahead, and Elliot Daly crossed to keep Wasps in touching distance at half-time. Christian Wade and Joe Simpson went over to give the hosts the lead before Ahsee Tuala and Teimana Harrisson crossed for Saints, but Mullan drove over and Gopperth clinched victory.

Wasps are already assured of a place in the play-offs and remain at the summit of the table. Saints are five points off fourth place but have a difficult run-in.

Exeter Chiefs 38-34 Bristol

Thomas Waldrom scored two second half-tries to ensure that Exeter will play a second consecutive year in the Premiership play-offs with a dramatic victory over relegation-threatened Bristol.

Exeter remain in second-place five points behind Wasps whilst Bristol remain eight points behind Worcester at the bottom of the table.

Newcastle Falcons 16 Gloucester Rugby 14

Newcastle Falcons edged past Gloucester on Friday night with a last-gasp Joel Hodgson penalty kick to secure a dramatic victory.

The sides were tied at 7-7 at half-time after England wing Jonny May cancelled out Juan Pablo Socino’s try. Tom Marshall scored for the visitors in-between two Hodgson penalties, but Hodgson then slotted a third penalty with seconds left to win the game for Newcastle.

Gloucester remain six points adrift of the European rugby places behind Northampton and Harlequins whilst Falcons moved to within a point of Gloucester with the win.

Sale Sharks 36 Worcester Warriors 26

Man of the Match Sam James scored two tries as Sale beat Worcester, who managed to pick up a crucial four-try bonus-point in the battle to avoid Premiership relegation.

James’ brace followed by Mike Haley’s effort just before the break put Sale 21-14 up, with Worcester’s tries coming from Francois Hougaard and Joseph Taufete’e. But second-half Bryon McGuigan and Ben Curry tries ensured victory for Sale.

Worcester move to eight points clear of Bristol in the relegation zone whilst Sale Sharks remain 12 points adrift from the European places.