Bristol change two for Quins visit
February 27, 2009
Nick Evans starts on the bench for Harlequins on Sunday © Getty Images
Bristol have made just two changes to their starting line up, both in the pack, as Harlequins are the latest visitors to the Memorial Stadium this Sunday.
The only changes see David Blaney replace Scott Linklater at hooker and Redford Pennycook come in for Alfie To'oala at blindside flanker.
Bristol, with relegation beckoning, lost 32-13 to Sale at Edgley Park last week on Friday morning confirmed the immediate departure of Head Coach Richard Hill. That sees assistant Paul Hull take over for Sunday's game against Quins.
Hull was pleased with the improved performance shown by his tam despite losing to Sale.
"We were looking for a better performance last week and show we had a bit more fight and passion and I think we achieved that," he said.
"We only had three days to prepare last week, we've had a full week this week. We want to get something from this game, we don't play to lose. If we continue to make strides then we'll come away with something.
"We've gone for consistency in the backline. Up front, Dave Attwood did very well and deserves to keep his place and Redford has shown some good stuff in the past couple of months and this is an opportunity for him to stake a claim.
"They're confident, which is a big thing in the Guinness Premiership. We've analysed Harlequins and we know they are a good side who play with good tempo. But if we can focus on ourselves and get things right for us, we will get better performances and better results.
"It's not a case of us being mathematically down - there's still a slim chance there and we are going to take everything we can. It's an old cliché but we're taking each game as it comes and we're focussing completely on this weekend. We'll keep fighting on."
Harlequins travel to Bristol making only one change to the team that beat top of the table Gloucester at the Stoop last weekend.
Chris Malone starts at fly-half in place of last week's match-winner Nick Evans who drops to the bench.
Ollie Kohn starts at lock where is partnered by George Robson while the backrow features Chris Robshaw, Tom Guest and and a returning Will Skinner who captains the side.
Mike Brown continues at full-back, with David Strettle and Tom Williams starting on the wings following impressive performances. Ugo Monye is again on the bench.
Bristol: Tom Arscott; Lee Robinson, Neil Brew, Luke Eves, David Lemi, Adrian Jarvis, Shaun Perry; Mark Irish, David Blaney, Darren Crompton, Dave Attwood, Nathan Budgett, Redford Pennycook, Joe El Abd (capt), Dan Ward-Smith.
Replacements: Scott Linklater, Wayne Thompson, Roy Winters, Alfie To'oala, Haydn Thomas, Ed Barnes, Nathan Brew
Harlequins: Mike Brown; David Strettle, Gonzalo Tiesi, Jordan Turner-Hall, Tom Williams, Chris Malone, Andy Gomarsall; Ceri Jones, Gary Botha, Mike Ross, Ollie Kohn, George Robs Will Skinner (captain), Chris Robshaw, Tom Guest.
Replacements: Aston Croall, Mark Lambert, Jim Evans, Neil McMillan, Junior Poluleuligaga, Nick Evans, Ugo Monye
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