2019-20 European Rugby Challenge Cup Final – Bristol Bears vs Toulon Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Bristol Bears vs Toulon taking place? Friday 16th October, 2020 – 20:00 (UK)

Where is Bristol Bears vs Toulon taking place? Stade Maurice David, Aix-en-Provence

Where can I get tickets for Bristol Bears vs Toulon? This match will be played without spectators

What television channel is Bristol Bears vs Toulon on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Bristol Bears vs Toulon? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

Bristol Bears: 15 Max Malins, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Semi Radradra, 12 Siale Piutau, 11 Alapati Leiua, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Harry Randall, 8 Ben Earl, 7 Dan Thomas, 6 Steven Luatua (c), 5 Chris Vui, 4 Dave Attwood, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Yann Thomas

Replacements: 16 George Kloska, 17 Jake Woolmore, 18 John Afoa, 19 Joe Joyce, 20 Jake Heenan, 21 Tom Kessell, 22 Piers O’Conor, 23 Niyi Adeolokun

Toulon: 15 Gervais Cordin, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Isaia Toeava, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Gabin Villière, 10 Louis Carbonel, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Charles Ollivon, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Beka Gigashvili, 2 Anthony Etrillard (c), 1 Jean-Baptiste Gros

Replacements: 16 Bastien Soury, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Brian Alainu’uese, 20 Swan Rebbadj, 21 Julien Ory, 22 Tane Takulua, 23 Masivesi Dakuwaqa

THE PREDICTION

Bristol suffered a disappointing but fairly competitive loss to Wasps in their Premiership semi-final on Sunday and will hope to rectify that with some silverware here but they will feel like the away side as they travel to neutral ground in France, especially without fans. Their opponents, Toulon, come into this match from a Top 14 win over Montpellier and have overcome British sides Leicester ad Scarlets in their last two Challenge Cup fixtures to reach this final. Bristol are the favourites here and should claim their first Challenge Cup trophy in a match that looks set to go over 40 points.

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