World News – GB – Bristol Bears – RC Toulon Live Final Challenge Cup updates


All roster, team news, live action, reaction, analysis and highlights from the European Challenge Cup final

The Bristol Bears are in France to face RC Toulon in Aix-en-Provence in the final of the European Challenge Cup 2019/20

Pat Lam’s side are looking to win Bristol’s first major silver coin in 37 years, the club’s only blow to what’s left of this season after being knocked out of the Gallagher Premiership play-offs in the half final last weekend with a 47-24 loss to Wasps Rugby

Toulon has a rich European heritage in the Heineken Champions Cup having won the tournament in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 but has also never won the second tier Challenge Cup, which means that a new name will be inscribed on the trophy

Bristol reached the final with a 37-20 victory over Bordeaux-Begles in the semi-final, while Toulon beat Leicester Tigers 34-19 in the other half of the draw

All the roster, squad news, live action, reaction, analysis and highlights from the European Challenge Cup Final, with regular updates below

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A slight concern for me is that this game is played on a No Yes, the Bears should be able to play their rugby fast and unloading on a fast surface, but historically they have struggled not to play on the surface. ‘grass

The Bristol Bears are in their new European kit, pink and black with the iconic Bristol suspension bridge on it

As BT Sport has just pointed out, Bristol is number one in the Challenge Cup for time in possession (20:16), range per game (1498) and assists (2231)

Toulon on the other hand will happily live without the ball and are only experts to try their luck

The Bristol Bears struggled to cross the line of play after they signed a deal to the Wasps in their weekend loss and when they did they were repeatedly returned Bristol needs to bring his big ball carriers of Chris Vui, Ben Earl and Kyle Sinckler into the game, then secure the ball This could be the game that Sinckler really shows up for the Bears after not catching the world so far since arriving from the Harlequins this summer.

The Bears have made terrible starts in a number of key games recently and have fallen behind 13-0 after 20 minutes in the Premiership semifinals in a knockout game that’s pretty much an impossible position to win The Bears need to stay tight defensively until at least half-time, then hope their superior physical form against a huge French team pays off

The Fijian superstar is a match winner, but the Bears need to put the ball in his hands in promising positions, not just hand it to him with a wall of defenders in front of him

It is an iconic kit in Europe having won three Champions Cup titles in the last decade

Alright, the Bears have arrived at the Maurice-David Stadium, so from now on we will bring you all the preparation for the big game until the end, when hopefully everyone will be celebrating

The Bristol Bears were put on hold to potentially make it to the Gallagher Premiership final on October 24 if Wasps Rugby were to forgo the game Bristol Live includes

Pat Lam’s Bristol side were knocked out of the Premiership play-offs on Saturday at the hands of the Wasps, losing 47-24 at the Ricoh Arena

However, the Coventry-based team have since been rocked by seven positive Covid-19 tests, putting their final place in doubt following the situation at Sale Sharks a week earlier when the club had 27 positive cases in space seven days after the virus spread in the camp

Steven Luatua will miss tonight’s final as he is at home in Bristol with his partner in labor

« If you had said 1,000 people for a European final last year, you would have laughed, you would have said it was pathetic, but now it will be crazy

« It will be the loudest atmosphere we’ve had in six, seven or eight months, so I’m really looking forward to it »

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