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Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks 14 v 13 Bath Rugby

22 March 2013, KO 20:00

Salford City Stadium
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

21 March 2013, 12:00pm

Bath Rugby change four for Sale challenge

Bath Rugby have made four changes to the side that faced Harlequins two weeks ago, as they prepare for the away Aviva Premiership match against Sale Sharks on Friday night, kick-off 20.00.

All four changes come in the pack. Test props Paul James and David Wilson return to the front row following the culmination of the RBS 6 Nations Championship, where they are joined by another international in hooker Rob Webber who comes back into the starting line-up.

Club captain Stuart Hooper also returns to the starting line-up, with Dominic Day moving to the bench. Hooper partners Dave Attwood, who it was announced this week had extended his contract with the Club, in the second row. The abrasive pairing of Francois Louw and Carl Fearns continue on the flanks, with Ben Skirving again taking his place at the base of the scrum.

Peter Stringer, whose loan deal with Bath will now run until the end of the season, and Tom Heathcote continue to build their half-back partnership, with the backline unchanged. Kyle Eastmond and Matt Banahan link up in the centres once more, whilst Tom Biggs and Horacio Agulla provide speed, agility and power out wide. Nick Abendanon completes the line-up at full-back.

Bath Rugby are back in action at the Recreation Ground next Saturday as we host London Welsh. Tickets are available now, so contact the Ticket Office on 0844 448 1865 today to secure your tickets for this vital game.

Bath Rugby side to face Sale Sharks:

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. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Francois Louw 
7. Carl Fearns
8. Ben Skirving


16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Dominic Day
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Michael Classens
22. Ollie Devoto
23. Semesa Rokoduguni


22 March 2013
Kickoff: 20:00
Salford City Stadium

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Sale Sharks


Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Cameron Shepherd15Nick Abendanon FB 5
2 W Charlie Amesbury14Horacio Agulla W 9
4 C Johnny Leota13Matthew Banahan C 2
2 C Sam Tuitupou12Kyle Eastmond C 5
4 W Mark Cueto11Tom Biggs W 5
13 1 2 2 FH Nick MacLeod10Tom Heathcote FH 28 29
1 SH Dwayne Peel9Peter Stringer SH 3
P Alasdair Dickinson1Paul James P 1
H Marc Jones2Robert Webber H 1
P Henry Thomas3Dave Wilson P 1
1 L James Gaskell4Stuart Hooper L
L Andrei Ostrikov5Dave Attwood L 1
2 FL Daniel Braid6Francois Louw FL 3
FL David Seymour7Carl Fearns FL
1 8 Andrew Powell8Ben Skirving 8 1


2 rh Tommy Taylor16Ross Batty rh 1
rp Ross Harrison17Nathan Catt rp 1
rp Tony Buckley18Anthony Perenise rp 1
1 r8 Fraser McKenzie19Dominic Day r8 1
1 rfl Kearnan Myall20Mathew Gilbert rfl
1 rsh Nathan Fowles21Michael Claassens rsh 3
40 19 3 rfh Daniel Cipriani22Ollie Devoto rfh 1
2 rc Tom Brady23Semesa Rokoduguni rc 4

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
29/09/12 Bath Rugby 31 - 10 Sale Sharks
13/04/12 Sale Sharks 16 - 9 Bath Rugby
03/12/11 Bath Rugby 13 - 16 Sale Sharks

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
09/03/13 Harlequins 31 - 23 Bath Rugby
01/03/13 Bath Rugby 31 - 25 Gloucester Rugby
23/02/13 Northampton Saints 25 - 23 Bath Rugby

Sale Sharks form guide

Date Home Score Away
17/03/13 Harlequins 32 - 14 Sale Sharks
10/03/13 Sale Sharks 21 - 15 Saracens
02/03/13 Leicester Tigers 48 - 10 Sale Sharks

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