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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 17 v 12 London Wasps

21 April 2012, KO 14:15

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

London Wasps

20 April 2012, 11:55am

100 Up for Hooper

Stuart Hooper will make his 100th appearance when he leads Bath Rugby out to face London Wasps at the Recreation Ground tomorrow, in the sold-out Aviva Premiership fixture, kick-off 2.15pm.

The last home game of the season for Bath sees Hooper partner Ben Skirving in the second row, with Dave Attwood named on the bench. Josh Ovens comes onto the blindside, joining Carl Fearns and Simon Taylor in the back row. Lee Mears returns to the front row, where he is joined by Nathan Catt and David Wilson.

Stephen Donald returns at fly-half, renewing his partnership with Michael Claassens in the halfbacks. Tom Biggs and Matt Carraro start out wide, with Olly Barkley and Matt Banahan combining in the centres. Nick Abendanon completes the starting line-up at fullback.

From the bench, Duncan Bell could make his last appearance at the Rec if called onafter announcing his retirement earlier this week, and Kyle Eastmond could make his second appearance following an impressive run out with Bath United on Monday night.

Bath Rugby team to face London Wasps

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Matt Banahan
12. Olly Barkley
11. Tom Biggs
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. Nathan Catt
2. Lee Mears
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Ben Skirving
6. Josh Ovens
7. Carl Fearns
8. Simon Taylor


16. Pieter Dixon
17. David Flatman
18. Duncan Bell
19. Dave Attwood
20. Guy Mercer
21. Mark McMillan
22. Sam Vesty
23. Kyle Eastmond


21 April 2012
Ground open: 12.15
Kickoff: 14:15
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby


London Wasps

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
3 FB Nick Abendanon15Jack Wallace FB 1
3 W Matthew Carraro14Christian Wade W 8
5 C Matthew Banahan13Chris Mayor C
22 17 C Olly Barkley12Dominic Waldouck C 1
8 W Tom Biggs11Tom Varndell W 4
9 4 4 FH Stephen Donald10Nick Robinson FH 16 1 42
4 SH Michael Claassens9Charlie Davies SH
1 P Nathan Catt1Tim Payne P
2 H Lee Mears2Tom Lindsay H 1
P Dave Wilson3Ben Broster P
L Stuart Hooper4Joe Launchbury L
2 L Ben Skirving5Richard Birkett L 1
1 FL Josh Ovens6Sam Jones FL
1 FL Carl Fearns7Jonathan Poff FL
8 Simon Taylor8Billy Vunipola 8 1


rh Pieter Dixon16Vladislav Korshunov rh
1 rp David Flatman17Sakaria Taulafo rp
rp Duncan Bell18Simon McIntyre rp
4 r8 Dave Attwood19Ross Filipo r8 3
1 rfl Guy Mercer20Tinus du Plessis rfl
rsh Mark McMillan21Nic Berry rsh 3
18 1 6 1 rfh Sam Vesty22Tom Prydie rfh
rc Kyle Eastmond23Lee Robinson rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
09/10/11 London Wasps 27 - 24 Bath Rugby
23/04/11 London Wasps 10 - 43 Bath Rugby
27/11/10 Bath Rugby 6 - 11 London Wasps

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
13/04/12 Sale Sharks 16 - 9 Bath Rugby
31/03/12 Bath Rugby 6 - 26 Northampton Saints
24/03/12 Harlequins 14 - 6 Bath Rugby

London Wasps form guide

Date Home Score Away
14/04/12 Harlequins 33 - 17 London Wasps
01/04/12 London Wasps 26 - 24 Gloucester Rugby
24/03/12 Northampton Saints 32 - 15 London Wasps

Bath dangermen

Tries Semesa Rokoduguni 10
Points George Ford 219
Conversions George Ford 49
Minutes Leroy Houston 1667

Wasps dangermen

Tries Christian Wade 12
Points Andy Goode 240
Conversions Andy Goode 44
Minutes Elliot Daly 1630