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

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THE FACTS

When is Worcester Warriors vs Bristol Bears taking place? Friday 4th September, 2020 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is Worcester Warriors vs Bristol Bears taking place? Sixways Stadium, Worcester

What is the expected weather for Worcester Warriors vs Bristol Bears? 13c cloudy

Where can I get tickets for Worcester Warriors vs Bristol Bears? This match will be played behind closed doors

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

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

TEAM NEWS

Worcester Warriors: Nanai; Howe, Lawrence, Venter Heward; Weir, Hougaard; Waller, Annett, Schonert, Bresler, Kitchener, Hill (capt), Kvesic, du Preez.

Replacements: Miller, Black, Palframan, Kitchener, Cox, Simpson, Searle, Beck.

Bristol Bears: Piutau; Morahan, Radradra, Piutau, Purdy; Sheedy, Randall; Lahiff, Byrne, Sinckler, Holmes, Vui, Luatua (capt), Thomas, Hughes.

Replacements: Thacker, Woolmore, Afoa, Joyce, Earl, Uren, Lloyd, O'Conor.

THE PREDICTION

Bristol Bears are coming off a 40-7 hammering at Sale Shark and that has seen the race for third and four tighten up significantly now. Coach Pat Lam will make 13 changes for this game and he will be demanding a major improvement here against this beleaguered Worcester Warriors team. The hosts have full-back Melani Nanai back from suspension and he will return but their confidence has been somewhat dented from a mauling by Exeter Chiefs last time out. They continue to struggle defensively and that will enable the Bears to exploit them and bounce back. With the Bears likely to be fired up right from the start, they should overpower the Warriors early and run out comfortable winners by more than 13 points.

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