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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 23 v 19 Exeter Chiefs

17 September 2011, KO 17:30

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Exeter Chiefs

16 September 2011, 11:58am

200 Up for Duncan Bell

Duncan Bell will make his 200th appearance for Bath Rugby tomorrow when he runs out onto the Rec to face Exeter Chiefs, kick-off 5.30pm.

Bell will start at tighthead, scrumming down in the front row with David Flatman and Pieter Dixon.

Captain Stuart Hooper returns in the second row to partner Ryan Caldwell, with Dave Attwood named on the bench.

In the back row, with Simon Taylor side-lined through injury, Ben Skirving takes his place at Number 8, Carl Fearns moves to the blindside, and Guy Mercer starts on the openside.

The only other change to the starting XV who so narrowly lost to Saracens last weekend is at scrum-half, where Mark McMillan takes the starting jersey, with Michael Claassens named as a replacement.

Speaking about his 200th cap, Bell said: "It's great. I am very proud of that record. To play that many times for the club I supported as a boy is something I could only have dreamed would happen.

"I love every time I run out at the Rec. It really is a fantastic venue and my only regret so far is that we haven't won as much silverware as we should have in my time here."

Tickets are still available for tomorrow's South West derby clash, so call the ticket office now on 0844 448 1865 to book yours and join us for what promises to be a fantastic afternoon of rugby as we take on the current table-toppers!

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Matt Carraro

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Ben Williams

11. Tom Biggs

10. Sam Vesty

9. Mark McMillan

1. David Flatman

2. Pieter Dixon

3. Duncan Bell

4. Stuart Hooper (c)

5. Ryan Caldwell

6. Carl Fearns

7. Guy Mercer

8. Ben Skirving


16. Ross Batty

17. Nathan Catt

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Dave Attwood

20. Andy Beattie

21. Michael Claassens

22. Tom Heathcote

23. Jack Cuthbert





17 September 2011
Ground open: 15.30
Kickoff: 17:30
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby


Exeter Chiefs

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Nick Abendanon15Phil Dollman FB 1
1 W Matthew Carraro14Nicholas Sestaret W
C Dan Hipkiss13Bryan Rennie C
C Ben Williams12Jason Shoemark C 1
W Tom Biggs11Matt Jess W 1
8 1 2 FH Sam Vesty10Ignacio Mieres FH 6 5
SH Mark McMillan9Haydn Thomas SH
P David Flatman1Brett Sturgess P
H Pieter Dixon2Chris Whitehead H
P Duncan Bell3Hoani Tui P
L Stuart Hooper4Tom Hayes L
L Ryan Caldwell5Peter Short L
1 FL Carl Fearns6Tom Johnson FL
FL Guy Mercer7James Scaysbrook FL
8 Ben Skirving8James Phillips 8


rh Ross Batty16Neil Clark rh
rp Nathan Catt17Ben Moon rp
rp Kane Palma-Newport18Chris Budgen rp
r8 Dave Attwood19Aly Muldowney r8
rfl Andy Beattie20Ben White rfl
rsh Michael Claassens21Kevin Barrett rsh
rfh Tom Heathcote22Gareth Steenson rfh
rc Jack Cuthbert23Mark Foster rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
09/04/11 Bath Rugby 26 - 18 Exeter Chiefs
26/02/11 Exeter Chiefs 9 - 12 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
10/09/11 Bath Rugby 26 - 28 Saracens
03/09/11 Newcastle Falcons 9 - 22 Bath Rugby
07/05/11 Bath Rugby 42 - 12 Newcastle Falcons

Exeter Chiefs form guide

Date Home Score Away
10/09/11 Exeter Chiefs 32 - 15 Newcastle Falcons
03/09/11 Leicester Tigers 28 - 30 Exeter Chiefs
07/05/11 Exeter Chiefs 21 - 8 London Wasps

Bath dangermen

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

Exeter dangermen

Tries Thomas Waldrom 16
Points Gareth Steenson 210
Conversions Gareth Steenson 42
Minutes Matt Jess 1801