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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 19 v 19 Northampton Saints

2 May 2014, KO 19:45

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Northampton Saints

1 May 2014, 11:58am

200 not out for Hooper

Bath Rugby Club captain, Stuart Hooper, will make his 200th Premiership appearance tomorrow night as he leads the team against Northampton Saints at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 19.45.

Both teams will be aiming to cement their place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs with just one more round of the regular season to be played out.

Hooper is joined in the second row by the returning Dave Attwood, as Paul James and David Wilson come back to form an all-international front row alongside hooker Rob Webber. Carl Fearns, taking the blindside shirt in place of the injured Matt Garvey, starts in the back row with openside Guy Mercer and number eight Leroy Houston.

Land Rover Discovery of the Season nominees George Ford and Anthony Watson are selected in the back line. Ford is partnered in the half-backs with Micky Young, while Watson starts on the right wing with Matt Banahan providing a looming presence on the left. A young midfield formed of inside centre Ollie Devoto and Jonathan Joseph at 13 is bolstered by the experienced Nick Abendanon at fullback.

Just a handful of tickets remain for tomorrow night's huge encounter with the Saints - make sure you're there by booking yours on 0844 448 1865 or online here

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Micky Young
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper (c)
5. Dave Attwood
6. Carl Fearns
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Peter Stringer
22. Gavin Henson
23. Horacio Agulla

Overview

2 May 2014
Ground open: 17.45
Kickoff: 19:45
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby

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Northampton Saints

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
4 FB Nick Abendanon15Ben Foden FB 4
4 W Anthony Watson14Ken Pisi W 5
5 C Jonathan Joseph13George Pisi C 7
2 C Ollie Devoto12Luther Burrell C 4
1 9 W Matthew Banahan11Jamie Elliott W 6
61 2 50 4 FH George Ford10Stephen Myler FH 49 1 41
4 SH Micky Young9Kahn Fotuali'I SH 3
P Paul James1Alex Waller P 2
4 H Robert Webber2Ross McMillan H
1 P Dave Wilson3Salesi Ma'afu P 1
1 L Stuart Hooper4Samu Manoa L 9
2 L Dave Attwood5Courtney Lawes L
4 FL Carl Fearns6Calum Clark FL 1
3 FL Guy Mercer7Tom Wood FL 2
4 8 Leroy Houston8Sam Dickinson 8 1

Replacements

1 rh Ross Batty16Mike Haywood rh 1
rp Nathan Catt17Gareth Denman rp 1
5 rp Anthony Perenise18Tom Mercey rp
3 r8 Dominic Day19James Craig r8
2 rfl Alafoti Fa'osiliva20Phil Dowson rfl 1
rsh Peter Stringer21Alex Day rsh 2
4 3 1 rfh Gavin Henson22James Wilson rfh 7 1 1
6 rc Horacio Agulla23Tom Collins rc 2

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
28/12/13 Northampton Saints 43 - 25 Bath Rugby
23/02/13 Northampton Saints 25 - 23 Bath Rugby
14/09/12 Bath Rugby 14 - 18 Northampton Saints

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
27/04/14 Wasps 18 - 24 Bath Rugby
19/04/14 Bath Rugby 32 - 20 Worcester Warriors
12/04/14 Gloucester Rugby 17 - 18 Bath Rugby

Northampton Saints form guide

Date Home Score Away
25/04/14 Northampton Saints 18 - 10 Harlequins
20/04/14 Northampton Saints 36 - 21 London Irish
13/04/14 Saracens 28 - 24 Northampton Saints

Bath dangermen

Tries Semesa Rokoduguni 3
Points George Ford 37
Conversions George Ford 8
Minutes Semesa Rokoduguni 160

Northampton dangermen

Tries George North 3
Points Stephen Myler 22
Conversions Stephen Myler 5
Minutes George North 160