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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 31 v 25 Gloucester Rugby

1 March 2013, KO 20:00

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Gloucester Rugby

28 February 2013, 3:11pm

Bath Rugby change four for derby clash

Bath Rugby welcome back Paul James, David Wilson, Francois Louw and Matt Banahan for their derby clash with Gloucester Rugby on Friday night at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 20.00.

Test props Paul James and David Wilson, released by Wales and England respectively, come back into the front row either side of hooker Rob Webber, whilst Dominic Day and Dave Attwood continue their tough, impactful combination in the second row. Francois Louw returns to the blindside flank and skippers the side, meaning Carl Fearns switches to the openside as Ben Skirving continues at number eight.

A mix of experience and youth is selected in the half-backs, with 98 times capped Peter Stringer linking up with Tom Heathcote once more. Flyer Tom Biggs takes his place on the left wing, with the exceedingly robust Horacio Agulla on the right. The bulldozing Matt Banahan returns to the midfield to join Kyle Eastmond in the centres, with Nick Abendanon completing the line-up at fullback.

One of the hardest fought rivalries in rugby, the predicted sell-out crowd at the Rec are in for a thrilling game, as lock Dominic Day comments: "It's a really big occasion. I live in town and people keep coming up to me and saying what a big game it is for Bath. There's been that extra edge in training and the coaches have been demanding that bit more as well. They'll be hurting from the defeat in the LV= Cup and we know they'll be coming down here looking for revenge and we have been preparing for that."

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester Rugby

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Horacio Agulla

13. Matt Banahan

12. Kyle Eastmond

11. Tom Biggs

10. Tom Heathcote

9. Peter Stringer

1. Paul James

2. Rob Webber

3. David Wilson

4. Dominic Day

5. Dave Attwood

6. Francois Louw ( c )

7. Carl Fearns

8. Ben Skirving


16. Ross Batty

17. Nathan Catt

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Will Spencer

20. Mat Gilbert

21. Michael Claassens

22. Sam Vesty

23. Semsea Rokoduguni


1 March 2013
Ground open: 18.00
Kickoff: 20:00
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby


Gloucester Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
4 FB Nick Abendanon15Rob Cook FB 2 7 12
8 W Horacio Agulla14Charlie Sharples W 5
2 C Matthew Banahan13Henry Trinder C 5
5 C Kyle Eastmond12Mike Tindall C 1 1
5 W Tom Biggs11Jonny May W 6
24 25 FH Tom Heathcote10Freddie Burns FH 2 27 1 68
3 SH Peter Stringer9Dan Robson SH 2 2
1 P Paul James1Nick Wood P
1 H Robert Webber2Darren Dawiduik H 1
1 P Dave Wilson3Rupert Harden P
1 L Dominic Day4Lua Lokotui L
1 L Dave Attwood5Will James L 1
2 FL Francois Louw6Tom Savage FL 1
FL Carl Fearns7Akapusi Qera FL 5
1 8 Ben Skirving8Sione Kalamafoni 8 1


1 rh Ross Batty16Huia Edmonds rh 1
1 rp Nathan Catt17Dan Murphy rp 3
1 rp Anthony Perenise18Dario Chistolini rp
1 r8 Will Spencer19Peter Buxton r8
rfl Mathew Gilbert20Andy Hazell rfl
3 rsh Michael Claassens21Dave Lewis rsh
4 6 1 rfh Sam Vesty22Ryan Mills rfh 2 1 1
2 rc Nick Koster23Martyn Thomas rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
02/02/13 Gloucester Rugby 5 - 32 Bath Rugby
06/10/12 Gloucester Rugby 16 - 10 Bath Rugby
18/02/12 Bath Rugby 11 - 14 Gloucester Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
23/02/13 Northampton Saints 25 - 23 Bath Rugby
16/02/13 Bath Rugby 40 - 16 London Irish
09/02/13 Bath Rugby 32 - 9 Worcester Warriors

Gloucester Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
22/02/13 Gloucester Rugby 29 - 23 Worcester Warriors
17/02/13 London Wasps 33 - 29 Gloucester Rugby
09/02/13 Northampton Saints 11 - 27 Gloucester Rugby

Bath dangermen

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

Gloucester dangermen

Tries Henry Purdy 7
Points Greig Laidlaw 159
Conversions Greig Laidlaw 21
Minutes Charlie Sharples 1491