Leiua’s Alapatti final at Ashton Gate will be the 103rd in his five-year career in Bristol
Venue: Ashton Gate Date: Friday, May 20th Reset: 7:45 PM BST
Coverage: Updates of the results live on local BBC radio and on the BBC Sport website

Dave Atwood, John Afoa and Alapati Leyu will play at Ashton Gate for the last time Bristol will make five changes to the visit to Exeter.

The trio, who have 262 matches between them for the Bears, are leaving at the end of the season.

Exeter is making four changes, knowing they need to win to keep their outward hopes of a place in the playoffs.

Former England rapper Harry Williams and experienced flanker Dave Evers are back in the Exeter squad.

Joe Simmonds is recalled, which means that Henry Slade moves to the center, and Tom Hendrickson falls to the bench, and Josh Hodge replaces Tom O’Flaherty on the flank.

Charles Piutov returns to Bristol as full-back and Luke Morahan takes to the flanks as Bristol seeks to secure 10th place in the Premier League a year after leading the table before losing a dramatic semi-final. Harlequin House.

Exeter, who lost to Queens in last year’s final in Twickenham, knows they need to win – ideally with a bonus point – to keep their hopes of getting into the top four.

The Chiefs need victories at Bristol and at home to Queens on the last day of the season and are hoping Northampton and Gloucester will lose points if they want to get into the top four.

Rob Baxter’s wards last finished off the playoffs in 2015 and have reached every final since 2016.

Bristol rugby director Pat Lam told BBC Radio Bristol:

“We have another opportunity to play in front of our fans, to celebrate the guys who are leaving, and we look forward to that.

“It always means a lot more when you play significant games.

“We know that Exeter will make a fuss, and if we can get the job done and beat them, it will be a big effort.

“If you’re not involved in Europe, it’s a stop-start, so everyone wants to get back on the field.”

Exeter rugby director Rob Baxter told BBC Radio Devon:

“Where we are at the table, we deserve to be, and our frustrations are caused by ourselves.

“We still have the opportunity, potentially, to have a very successful season.

“It’s not entirely in our hands when teams make us win their games, there’s little we can do.

“But right here and now, as I look at it, we have a chance to come out after two wins that could potentially end the season well for us, and even if we don’t get into the top four, it will at least be a positive end to the season.”

Brussels: He drank; Morahan, O’Connor, Leua, Fricker; Shidi, Randall; Woolmar, Thacker, Afoa, Atwood, Joyce, Vui, Jeffries, Luatua (Captain).

Replacements: Byrne, Benz-Solomon, Armstrong, Harding, D Thomas, Uren, Lloyd, Bates.

Exeter: Hogg; Woodburn, Slade, Whitten, Hodge, J. Simmonds, S. Maunder; Hepburn, Yandel (Capital), Williams, Gray, S. Skinner, Evers, Kirsten, Vermuelen.

Replacements: Innard, Kenny, Schickerling, Jenkins, Grondon, Townsend, H. Skinner, Hendrickson.

Judge: Ian Tempest

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