2019-20 Premiership Rugby – Bristol Bears vs Harlequins Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Bristol Bears vs Harlequins taking place? Sunday 8th March, 2020 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Bristol Bears vs Harlequins taking place? Ashton Gate

What is the expected weather for Bristol Bears vs Harlequins? 9c but showers are expected

What television channel is Bristol Bears vs Harlequins on? BT Sport have the rights to televise Gallagher Premiership matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Bristol Bears vs Harlequins? If televised on BT Sport, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Bristol Bears vs Harlequins? Ticket information can be found here

What was the score in the last meeting between Bristol Bears and Harlequins? Harlequins 22-17 Bristol Bears

THE TEAM NEWS

BRISTOL BEARS

  • Bristol continued their solid run of form as they made it four wins in a row in the Premiership with a win over Bath last week and they will be hopeful of continuing their winning streak as they host Harlequins.
  • John Afoa joined Bristol's long injury list with a calf injury before last week's game but the Bears will be relieved that it is not too serious and the prop is fit enough to take his place in the starting XV here.
  • Afoa is one of six changes to the Bears’ side this week with Will Capon joining him in the front row and Nathan Hughes is a welcome addition at number eight while there should be a competitive debut for Bryan Byrne who is listed on the bench.

HARLEQUINS

  • Harlequins put back-to-back defeats behind them in thrilling fashion as they scored a last-gasp try to snatch victory over Exeter and they will look to build on that superb win over the side at the top of the Premiership table.
  • Quins have been in the market for a winger and made an impressive signing earlier in the week as they brought in former England man Chris Ashton following his release by Sale but he will not make his debut until he overcomes a slight knock.
  • Only two changes have been made to the side that featured last week with Luke Northmore coming in to make his first Premiership appearance since January while Brett Herron gets the nod at fly-half with Marcus Smith dropping to the bench after copping a head knock against Exeter.

THE PREDICTION

Bristol continue to defy a hefty injury list and were able to see off local rivals Bath last week as they made it four wins in a row and their list of unavailable players has decreased slightly this week to give them a small boost. They host Harlequins in an attempt to continue their winning streak and although the visitors are likely to make it a tight affair, Bristol should win again.

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