skip to main content skip to accessibility policy

Match preview

3 years ago

Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 13 v 16 Sale Sharks

3 December 2011, KO 14:15

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Sale Sharks

2 December 2011, 11:59am

Barkley and Banahan back for Bath Rugby

Olly Barkley and Matt Banahan will combine in the centres for Bath Rugby on Saturday as both return to the starting line up to face Sale Sharks at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 2.15pm.

Olly Woodburn and Nick Abendanon line up outside them on the wings, with Jack Cuthbert coming in at fullback.

Tom Heathcote starts at fly-half, and resumes his half-back partnership with Michael Claassens.

Up front, David Flatman and David Wilson pack down either side of Will Tanner at hooker, with Stuart Hooper and Ryan Caldwell adding power from the second row. Josh Ovens makes his first appearance for Bath Rugby this season in the back row, slotting into the blindside position, with Guy Mercer and Simon Taylor completing the line-up.

On the bench, USA Eagles hooker, Chris Biller, could make his first appearance for the Club after being signed on a short-term contract, with James Tyas also in line to make his first appearance for the senior side.

Tom Biggs (hand), Stephen Donald (hip), Lewis Moody (shoulder) and Mark McMillan (knee) are all unavailable for selection due to injury.

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks

15. Jack Cuthbert

14. Olly Woodburn

13. Matt Banahan

12. Olly Barkley

11. Nick Abendanon

10. Tom Heathcote

9. Michael Claassens

1. David Flatman

2. Will Tanner 

3. David Wilson

4. Stuart Hooper (c)

5. Ryan Caldwell

6. Josh Ovens

7. Guy Mercer

8. Simon Taylor


16. Chris Biller

17. Charlie Beech

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Dave Attwood

20. James Tyas

21. Chris Cook

22. Dan Hipkiss

23. Sam Vesty


3 December 2011
Ground open: 12.15
Kickoff: 14:15
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image


Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby


Sale Sharks

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
2 FB Jack Cuthbert15Mark Cueto FB 1
3 W Ollie Woodburn14Will Addison W 1
2 C Matthew Banahan13Johnny Leota C 1
2 2 C Olly Barkley12Sam Tuitupou C 1
2 W Nick Abendanon11Joaquin Tuculet W 1
14 10 1 FH Tom Heathcote10Nick MacLeod FH 18 1 29
1 SH Michael Claassens9Dwayne Peel SH 3
1 P David Flatman1Alasdair Dickinson P 1
H Will Tanner2Marc Jones H
P Dave Wilson3Tony Buckley P
L Stuart Hooper4Fraser McKenzie L 1
L Ryan Caldwell5Kearnan Myall L
FL Josh Ovens6Richie Vernon FL 1
1 FL Guy Mercer7David Seymour FL 3
8 Simon Taylor8Andrew Powell 8


rh Chris Biller16Tommy Taylor rh
1 rp Charlie Beech17Vadim Cobilas rp 1
1 rp Anthony Perenise18Henry Thomas rp 2
3 r8 Dave Attwood19James Gaskell r8 1
rfl James Tyas20Onosa'I Tololima-Auva'a rfl
rsh Chris Cook21Cillian Willis rsh
1 rfh Dan Hipkiss22Tasesa Lavea rfh
18 1 6 1 rc Sam Vesty23Luther Burrell rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
11/02/11 Sale Sharks 7 - 19 Bath Rugby
25/09/10 Bath Rugby 31 - 16 Sale Sharks

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
25/11/11 Worcester Warriors 16 - 7 Bath Rugby
20/11/11 Bath Rugby 16 - 13 Montpellier
13/11/11 Glasgow Warriors 26 - 21 Bath Rugby

Sale Sharks form guide

Date Home Score Away
25/11/11 Sale Sharks 23 - 30 Exeter Chiefs
06/11/11 Saracens 23 - 10 Sale Sharks
28/10/11 Sale Sharks 13 - 34 Leicester Tigers

Bath dangermen

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

Sale dangermen

Tries Tom Arscott 14
Points Danny Cipriani 163
Conversions Danny Cipriani 30
Minutes David Seymour 1522