Neath's selection is still hampered by injuries but coach Patrick Horgan, now operating minus the assistance of Richard Webster who stepped down earlier this week, is looking for those coming in to make a statement and stake a claim for future selection.
Patrick Horgan said, "As we again showed at Swansea last week, our squad is made up of strong characters who all play for each other especially when the chips are down.
"Had it not been for a strange flurry of yellow cards that reduced us to 12 men when we were leading by 19 points, I am certain that we would have gone on to win comfortably against what was a very strong Swansea side that contained 11 full-time Osprey players.
"Bristol and Munster are, of course, all full-time so only our best will do. We have taken a lot of encouragement from the British & Irish Cup in the past and have produced some outstanding displays at places like Nottingham, Heriot's and Ulster. We hope that this year's campaign will kick us on again."
Neath v Bristol (Away)
A.Jenkins; K.James, A.Bramwell, G.McCarthy, J.Davies; D.Langdon, C.Morgans; O.Ford, A.Littlehales, T.Price; E.Evans, A.Powell; G.Gravell (captain), L.Evans, A.Whitney
Replacements: N.Downs, R.Clancy, J.Reeves, T.Herdman, L.Ward, C.Clement, T.Barry