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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 11 v 12 Sale Sharks

28 March 2014, KO 19:45

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Sale Sharks

27 March 2014, 11:59am

200 up for Abendanon

Star fullback Nick Abendanon will make his 200th appearance in the Blue, Black and White of Bath Rugby tomorrow night when they face Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership clash at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 19.45.

Also hitting a major milestone is England Saxons loosehead prop Nathan Catt who, should he be called on from the bench, will make his 100th appearance for his home club.

Abendanon retains his place at fullback following a scintillating performance in last week’s bonus point win over London Irish, with Anthony Watson and Semesa Rokoduguni joining him in the back three. Kyle Eastmond and Ollie Devoto continue their midfield combination, as do George Ford and Peter Stringer in the half-backs.

The only change comes in the pack, with Guy Mercer replacing the injured Francois Louw on the openside flank. Matt Garvey and Leroy Houston continue on the blindside and at number eight respectively. Stuart Hooper captains the side from the second-row, where he is partnered by Dave Attwood, and the international front row duo of Paul James and David Wilson prop down either side of Ross Batty at the coalface.

It's a battle between 3rd v 5th tomorrow night, and with just seven points separating the two teams, it's all to play for as the home side look to cement their place in the semi-finals.

The boys need your support, and tickets are available now from the Bath Rugby Ticket Office. Individual adult tickets start at just £24.00, or get a group of mates together and save up to £10.00 per ticket (for groups of five or more).

To book your seats phone 0844 448 1865 or visit the Ticket Office on Pulteney Bridge.

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Anthony Watson

13. Ollie Devoto

12. Kyle Eastmond

11. Semesa Rokoduguni

10. George Ford

9. Peter Stringer

1. Paul James

2. Ross Batty

3. David Wilson

4. Stuart Hooper ( c )

5. Dave Attwood

6. Matt Garvey

7. Guy Mercer

8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn

17. Nathan Catt

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Dominic Day

20. Carl Fearns

21. Micky Young

22. Gavin Henson

23. Horacio Agulla

Overview

28 March 2014
Ground open: 17.45
Kickoff: 19:45
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image

10

Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby

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Sale Sharks

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
2 FB Nick Abendanon15Tom Arscott FB 1 2
4 W Anthony Watson14Tom Brady W 3
2 C Ollie Devoto13Johnny Leota C 1
6 C Kyle Eastmond12Sam Tuitupou C 1
6 W Semesa Rokoduguni11Rob Miller W 5 4
52 2 39 3 FH George Ford10Daniel Cipriani FH 5 28 2 31
SH Peter Stringer9Dwayne Peel SH 2
P Paul James1Eifion Lewis-Roberts P
1 H Ross Batty2Marc Jones H 3
1 P Dave Wilson3Vadim Cobilas P
L Stuart Hooper4Andrei Ostrikov L 1
2 L Dave Attwood5Jon Mills L 1
4 FL Matthew Garvey6Michael Paterson FL 2
3 FL Guy Mercer7David Seymour FL 2
4 8 Leroy Houston8James Gaskell 8 3

Replacements

rh Tom Dunn16Aston Croall rh
rp Nathan Catt17Ross Harrison rp
4 rp Anthony Perenise18Henry Thomas rp
3 r8 Dominic Day19Tony Buckley r8
4 rfl Carl Fearns20Mark Easter rfl 2
2 rsh Micky Young21Will Cliff rsh
3 3 1 rfh Gavin Henson22Nick MacLeod rfh 8 11
2 rc Horacio Agulla23Andy Forsyth rc 2

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
08/11/13 Sale Sharks 20 - 27 Bath Rugby
04/10/13 Sale Sharks 19 - 13 Bath Rugby
22/03/13 Sale Sharks 14 - 13 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
22/03/14 London Irish 23 - 44 Bath Rugby
09/03/14 Bath Rugby 19 - 22 Exeter Chiefs
28/02/14 Bath Rugby 10 - 23 Saracens

Sale Sharks form guide

Date Home Score Away
22/03/14 Sale Sharks 19 - 6 Northampton Saints
01/03/14 Wasps 17 - 21 Sale Sharks
22/02/14 Worcester Warriors 12 - 24 Sale Sharks

Bath dangermen

Tries Matthew Banahan 9
Points George Ford 336
Conversions George Ford 52
Minutes George Ford 2089

Sale dangermen

Tries Mark Cueto 9
Points Daniel Cipriani 193
Conversions Daniel Cipriani 33
Minutes Michael Paterson 2110