PREVIEW: BRISTOL BEARS WOMEN VS GLOUCESTER-HARTPURY
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST 2018
Bristol will look to go one better than last week’s draw with Harlequins Ladies when they welcome Gloucester-Hartpury to Ashton Gate on Saturday (5.00pm).
Kim Oliver’s side will play their West Country rivals in the double header for the second consecutive season, as the Bears go in search of their first win of the new campaign in front of a bumper crowd in BS3.
Susie Appleby’s side will be looking to continue their winning ways after an convincing 14-54 victory over DMP Sharks in round 2.
Here’s your big match preview ahead of Saturday’s West Country derby.
LAST TIME OUT AT THE GATE:
Bristol Bears Women 28-20 Gloucester-Hartpury – Sat 7th Oct 2017
When the two rivals last met at the Gate it was the hosts who came out on top.
The Cherry and Whites came out of the blocks firing and took an early lead, but tries from Cat McNaney, Caity Mattinson saw the sides go into break on level terms.
A quick fire second-half double from Lottie Holland secured the win for Oliver’s side in-front of a boisterous Ashton Gate crowd.
The Welsh out-half has had an outstanding start to the new Tyrrell’s Premier 15s campaign and crossed in the emphatic first half performance away to Quins last weekend.
She controls the game to good effect and at times has an almost telepathic understanding with Reed at inside centre.
The 50-cap fly-half will line up opposite Snowsill for the Ashton Gate showdown on Saturday afternoon.
Kim Oliver’s side will be wary of the threats that Large will pose as she looks to carry to the line and create holes for her backline to get front-foot ball.
The young-second row prided herself on her physicality in the contact area and work rate around the park.
She has carried on her impressive summer – which saw her clinch the Tri-Nations title with England U20’s – into the start of the Tyrrell’s Premier 15s campaign with good performances against both, Wasps and Harlequins.
The Gloucester-Hartpury captain has returned after a long-spell on the sidelines with injury and looks impressive so far this season.
She’s one of many strong ball carriers for Appleby’s side and she will look to drive her side forward from the engine room.
WORD FROM THE CAMPS:
“What better place to play than at Ashton Gate and follow the Bristol Bears, the noise and energy the extra crowd brings will lift the girls and allow them to push themselves and their performance further.
“If we take our first half performance against Quins and play that way for eighty minutes then I’m sure we’ll do more than enough to get the win.”
“It’s going to be tough, Bristol will be full of confidence after an impressive performance against Harlequins last week and playing at Ashton Gate in front of their home crowd.
“We had a good performance last week up at DMP and were more clinical in our execution. However, we know how tough it’s going to be tomorrow, we need to start well and put a performance together for 80 minutes to give ourselves a chance.. ”
After a loss against a strong Wasps outfit in round one and a scintillating draw with Harlequins at the Stoop last weekend, the Bears will be looking to pick up their first win of the season at Ashton Gate.
Gloucester-Hartpury have had a mixed start to the season after an opening weekend loss at home to Harlequins followed by an emphatic away victory over DMP in round 2.
Bristol Bears Women form: LD
Gloucester-Hartpury form: LW
MET OFFICE SAYS:
Cloudy with rain arriving in most areas during the morning.
This will then linger, giving a dull and wet day with heavy rain in places at times. Maximum Temperature 16 °C.
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