Dickson takes charge of Bristol clash

Karl Dickson takes charge of Sunday's Gallagher Premiership encounter between Exeter Chiefs and Bristol Bears at Sandy Park in the Gallagher Premiership. Picture: Getty Images

By Mark Stevens

Karl Dickson takes charge of his 20th top flight fixture as Exeter Chiefs play host to Bristol Bears in Sunday’s televised Gallagher Premiership clash at Sandy Park (3pm).

The former Harlequins scrum-half will be assisted by Simon Harding and Jonathan Healy with Sara Cox as the No.4 official. Keith Lewis takes on the role of TV match official with Andrew Pearce as timekeeper and John Byett as Citing Officer.

Sunday’s showdown will be the second meeting between the two clubs this season - the Chiefs winning the Premiership Rugby Cup encounter back in October 42-19.

In the Premiership, Rob Baxter’s side dominate the statistics there as well, having won all of their four previous matches. The last three match-ups, however, have all been decided by just a solitary score, including January’s meeting, which ended up 14-9.

Tries from Santiago Cordero and Sean Lonsdale, together with conversions apiece from Joe Simmonds and Gareth Steenson, helped to cancel out three penalties from Irish international Ian Madigan.

This season both clubs have picked two wins apiece from their opening three games, although the Bears are higher in the standings having picked up an extra bonus point.

Tickets for Sunday’s game are still available by clicking here

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