Chiefs U18s side to face Bristol

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By Alfie Martin

With the fireworks of New Year’s Day all done and dusted, the Exeter Chiefs Under-18s will be looking to start 2019 with a bang when they head up to face Bristol Under-18s in their latest Premiership Rugby Under-18s League match-up.

Have come home empty-handed from their opening fixture away to London Irish, coupled with a crushing 64-7 defeat to Bath at the Rec before Christmas, the young Chiefs will have their sights set on proving a point and turning the tables on their fortunes on the road.

“We were bitterly disappointed with our performance against a real quality Bath team the other week. They punished us for every mistake we made!” said Academy coach Marek Churcher.

“We as a group of coaches are hoping to see a real positive reaction heading up the M5 on Saturday to Bristol. The squad trained well on Thursday and looking forward to putting in a big team performance this week. Bristol will not be easy so it’s going to be another good challenge on the road”.

Nine changes from the starting line-up that faced Bath sees Troy Sixton and Charlie Cadogan being brought into the fray alongside Luke Bralsford and Archie Hill. A shuffled back line sees Frankie Dart re-assume the anchor slot, while Ali Stacey starts ahead of Tom Cairns on the bench.


15 Frankie Dart
14 Ben Fenton
13 Troy Sixton
12 Archie Hill
11 Charlie Cadogan
10 Haydn Lidstone
9 Ali Stacey
1 Cian Goldsmith
2 Will Goffey
3 Chris King
4 Joe Elsworth
5 Luke Bralsford
6 Jake Bond
7 Ethan Maltby
8 Josh Thorne

16 Mackenzie Oliver
17 Cam Leigh
18 Devlin Welch
19 Joe Greaves
20 Harry Hocking
21 Tom Cairns
22 Alex Gozzard
23 Dylan Gosling

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