Bristol look to make French connection for second week run

After the excellent victory in Toulon last weekend, Bristol Rugby Head Coach Richard Hill makes only two changes to his starting line up as he brings back Samoan internationals David Lemi (pictured) and Alfie To’oala.

Lemi missed out in Toulon as he was banned for a high tackle on Paul Diggin of Northampton Saints but has now served his two weeks and is once again available for selection. He replaces Tom Arscott on the left wing.

To’oala has recovered from a knee injury and takes up his usual position at openside flanker with Matt Salter moving back to blindside.

Head Coach Richard Hill admitted that the win in Toulon last weekend had given the whole squad a welcome boost and the aim against Montpellier is to build on that performance.

“We still have an outside chance of going through to the knock out stages which is interesting. If Connacht and Viadana win then they will go through ahead of us.”

“But, all we can do is win our game and it would be good for us to do that and prove to ourselves that we’ve taken another step forward and beat a better side than we faced last week. Montpellier are fourth in the French Top 14 and Toulon fourteenth so they are a better side.”

“I’d like to get five points this weekend but the most pleasing aspect of last weekend in Toulon was that we saw individual players showing their true form which has been lacking a little bit primarily due to lack of confidence.”

“After a good win away from home, it’s good to be coming home to try and build on that. There was a great atmosphere at the Mem when we beat Toulon in the same competition at home. It wasn’t the biggest crowd of the season but they got right behind us and it’d be great to repeat that.”

Bristol Rugby:

Luke Arscott; Lee Robinson, Nathan Brew, Neil Brew, David Lemi; Ed Barnes, Shaun Perry; Mark Irish, David Blaney, Darren Crompton; Roy Winters, Robert Sidoli; Matt Salter (capt), Alfie To’oala, Dan Ward-Smith

Replacements:Ray Hogan, Wayne Thompson, Nathan Budgett, Redford Pennycook, Graeme Beveridge, Adrian Jarvis, Tom Arscott.

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