Braves side to face Bristol

Fly-half Joe Simmonds in action on Monday night against Harlequins starts again today for the Exeter Braves against Bristol United. Picture: Getty Images

By Mark Stevens

Exeter Braves will be looking to build on Monday's win over Harlequins when they entertain Bristol United in their latest Aviva A League fixture at Sandy Park (5:15pm).

Ricky Pellow's side produced a solid second half display at The Stoop to overcome a 9-0 deficit at the break to run out 20-9 victors on the night.

Forwards Shaun Malton and James Freeman scored a try apiece, while fly-half Joe Simmonds weighed in with the remainder of the points for the Braves.

Again, Pellow has selected a powerful unit for this latest encounter, which will follow the Aviva Premiership encounter between Exeter Chiefs and London Irish.

Up front, Julian Salvi leads the side and packs down alongside a front-row made of Malton and international props Moray Low and Greg Holmes. Behind them, South African lock Wilhelm van der Sluys gets another chance to impress.

Behind, Will Chudley and Simmonds will provide the attacking spearhead at half-back, while outside of them Tom Hendrickson will again be looking to build on an impressive showing on Monday night in the centre, while summer signing Tom O'Flaherty lines up on the right wing.

On the bench, Pellow is boosted by the welcome site of prop Alec Hepburn, who returns to a match-day squad for the first time since the Northampton Saints away game last September.

For those supporters who just wish to see the Braves clash, tickets will be available this afternoon from the ticket office at a cost of £10 for adults and £5 for students and Under-16s. Supporters attending the Chiefs game will, of course, be able to watch that game and the Braves game as part of their match ticket. 

Please note if you leave the stadium at any time, including after the final whistle of the first fixture, you will be liable to pay for the second fixture.


15 Mike Haines
14 Tom O'Flaherty
13 Tom Hendrickson
12 Harry Strong
11 Harrison Cully
10 Joe Simmonds
9 Will Chudley
1 Moray Low
2 Shaun Malton
3 Greg Holmes
4 Ed Holmes
5 Wilhelm van der Sluys
6 James Freeman
7 Julian Salvi (capt)
8 James McRae

16 Jack Innard
17 Alec Hepburn
18 Jack Owlett
19 Lewis Pearson
20 Sean Lonsdale
21 Aaron Bagwell
22 Gwyn Parks
23 Suva Ma'asi

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