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