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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 14 v 3 Harlequins

21 December 2013, KO 15:00

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Harlequins

20 December 2013, 12:00pm

Bath Rugby change seven for Quins challenge

Bath Rugby have made seven changes to the starting line-up that scored 11 tries against Rugby Mogliano last week, as they prepare to face Harlequins in Round 10 of the Aviva Premiership at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, kick-off 15.00.

All seven returning players are internationals. In the pack, Rob Webber and Anthony Perenise form the front row with Paul James, with Dave Attwood coming back to partner captain Stuart Hooper in the engine room. Carl Fearns shifts to number eight as Francois Louw takes the openside shirt and Matt Garvey continues on the blindside.

George Ford is joined in the half-backs by 98-capped Peter Stringer, who made his 100th appearance in European competition when he came off the bench last week against Mogliano.

Out wide, Horacio Agulla is selected on the right wing and Matt Banahan, who celebrated his 150th appearance for Bath last weekend with a quartet of tries, continues on the left. Jonathan Joseph combines with Kyle Eastmond in the midfield, and Anthony Watson completes the line-up at fullback.

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins

15. Anthony Watson
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Matt Banahan
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dave Attwood
6. Matt Garvey
7. Francois Louw
8. Carl Fearns

Replacements

16. Eusebio Guinazu
17. Nathan Catt
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Dominic Day
20. Leroy Houston
21. Martin Roberts
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Ollie Devoto

Overview

21 December 2013
Ground open: 13.00
Kickoff: 15:00
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby

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Harlequins

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Anthony Watson15Mike Brown FB 2
1 W Horacio Agulla14Charlie Walker W 2
3 C Jonathan Joseph13Matt Hopper C 1
2 C Kyle Eastmond12Tim Molenaar C
7 W Matthew Banahan11Sam Smith W 2
38 2 20 2 FH George Ford10Nick Evans FH 1 16 23
SH Peter Stringer9Karl Dickson SH 1
P Paul James1Joe Marler P 1
2 H Robert Webber2David Ward H
3 P Anthony Perenise3Paul Doran-Jones P
L Stuart Hooper4Charlie Matthews L
2 L Dave Attwood5George Robson L
3 FL Matthew Garvey6Luke Wallace FL 2
FL Francois Louw7Chris Robshaw FL
3 8 Carl Fearns8Nick Easter 8 2

Replacements

rh Eusebio Guinazu16Max Crumpton rh
rp Nathan Catt17Mark Lambert rp
rp Juan Pablo Orlandi18Kyle Sinckler rp
2 r8 Dominic Day19Nick Kennedy r8
1 rfl Leroy Houston20Tom Guest rfl
1 rsh Martin Roberts21Sam Stuart rsh
7 1 12 rfh Tom Heathcote22Ben Botica rfh 1 3 9
rc Ollie Devoto23Ollie Lindsay-Hague rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
13/04/13 Harlequins 23 - 9 Bath Rugby
09/03/13 Harlequins 31 - 23 Bath Rugby
23/11/12 Bath Rugby 21 - 18 Harlequins

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
14/12/13 Bath Rugby 63 - 0 Mogliano
07/12/13 Mogliano 8 - 55 Bath Rugby
30/11/13 Bath Rugby 21 - 16 Exeter Chiefs

Harlequins form guide

Date Home Score Away
01/12/13 Newcastle Falcons 9 - 35 Harlequins
23/11/13 Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester Rugby
15/11/13 Harlequins 26 - 31 Sale Sharks

Bath dangermen

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

Harlequins dangermen

Tries Sam Smith 8
Points Nick Evans 211
Conversions Nick Evans 28
Minutes Nick Easter 1983