Premiership: Bristol Bears v Saracens

Bristol v Saracens
Bristol beat Saracens 16-12 when the perimeters final met in August 2020
Venue: Ashton Gate Date: Friday, 17 September Kick-off: 19:45 BST Protection: Updates on BBC native radio and dwell scores on the BBC Sport web site

Saracens return to Premiership motion as they host final season’s table-toppers Bristol at Ashton Gate.

Sarries are with out their British and Irish Lions gamers, so Alex Lozowski begins at fly-half after coming back from mortgage, whereas Ben Earl faces the aspect for whom he performed final season.

Bristol are with out stars equivalent to Kyle Sinckler and Semi Radradra.

Full-back Charles Piutau begins whereas scrum-half Harry Randall is on the bench after his summer season England debut.

Saracens are within the high flight for the primary time since October 2020, after they have been relegated for wage cap breaches on the finish of the coronavirus-delayed 2019-20 season.

They gained the Championship final season after a truncated marketing campaign that started in March, however are with out the likes of Owen Farrell, Jamie George, Maro Itoje and Mako Vunipola as they get better from the Lions tour to South Africa.

Bristol – who topped the Premiership desk by three factors final season – play a aggressive recreation at Ashton Gate for the primary time since their dramatic further time defeat by Harlequins within the Premiership semi-final in June.

Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam advised BBC Radio Bristol:

“After that semi-final, do not get me incorrect, for a second I used to be sitting there not completely happy about, you already know, what occurred.

“However then my function because the chief is to drag everybody out of it, and we introduced everybody in and I mentioned neglect it was a semi-final, let’s take a look at what we did properly, how did we play our greatest rugby in that 28 minutes and spotlight it in direction of the plan.

“Now, let’s take a look at the remainder of the sport and what truly occurred and the way we misplaced the sport.

“We have got to take the training, as a result of we’re not over. The journey will not be over.”

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall:

“It is simply the beginning of a brand new season for us.

“That is what we have at all times carried out and it is vital that we do what now we have carried out up to now.

“The group are very concerned on this, what we prize and worth as a bunch on and off the sector, and what we have a tendency to seek out is that if we get these issues proper, the remaining takes care of itself.

“It is a very lengthy season and we’re assured that we’ll get stronger the longer the season goes on.”

Bristol: Piutau; Morahan, O’Conor, Leiua, Lloyd; Sheedy, Uren; Woolmore, Thacker, Lahiff, Holmes, Vui, Luatua (capt), D Thomas, Hughes.

Replacements: Capon, Y Thomas, Armstrong, Attwood, Heenan, Randall, Bedlow,Adeolokun.

Saracens: Obatoyinbo; Lewington, Morris, Tompkins, Segun; Lozowski, Davies; Adams-Hale, Woolstencroft, Riccioni, Isiekwe, Swinson, Wray (capt), Earl, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Pifeleti, Barrington, Clarey, Hunter-Hill, Reffell, Simpson, Manu Vunipola, Harris.

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