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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 40 v 25 London Welsh

30 March 2013, KO 14:15

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

London Welsh

29 March 2013, 11:58am

Bath Rugby ring the changes for Welsh battle

Bath Rugby have made five changes to the starting line-up that narrowly lost out to Sale Sharks last weekend as they prepare to face London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 14.15.

Bath Academy and England U20's 6 Nations winner Ollie Devoto comes into the fullback role for his second start in the Premiership, with Argentinian international Horacio Agulla and Fijian Army star Semesa Rokoduguni outside him on either wing.

Matt Banahan and Kyle Eastmond continue their centre partnership, whilst in the half-backs All Black Stephen Donald returns to the fly-half shirt, combining with Peter Stringer to orchestrate proceedings forming a partnership of considerable experience.

The front row is unchanged from the trip to Salford, with Paul James and David Wilson scrumming down either side of Rob Webber in an allinternational front-row. Dominic Day comes into the second row alongside Club captain Stuart Hooper, in place of the injured Dave Attwood.

Mat Gilbert, who it was announced had extended his contract with the Club this week, joins Francois Louw packing down on the flanks, with Carl Fearns shifting to the Number 8 shirt at the base of the scrum.

If called upon from the bench, Ben Skirving will come onto pitch for his 100th appearance in the Blue, Black and White.

Bath Rugby team to face London Welsh

15. Ollie Devoto

14. Horacio Agulla

13. Matt Banahan

12. Kyle Eastmond

11. Semesa Rokoduguni

10. Stephen Donald

9. Peter Stringer

1. Paul James

2. Rob Webber

3. David Wilson

4. Stuart Hooper (c)

5. Dominic Day

6. Francois Louw

7. Mat Gilbert

8. Carl Fearns


16. Ross Batty

17. Nathan Catt

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Ben Skirving

20. Will Skuse

21. Michael Claassens

22. Tom Heathcote

23. Nick Abendanon


30 March 2013
Ground open: 12.15
Kickoff: 14:15
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby


London Welsh

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Ollie Devoto15Seb Jewell FB 1 1
10 W Horacio Agulla14Phil MacKenzie W 8
3 C Matthew Banahan13Gonzalo Tiesi C
5 C Kyle Eastmond12Sonny Parker C
5 W Semesa Rokoduguni11Seb Stegmann W 1
21 9 4 FH Stephen Donald10Gordon Ross FH 10 53
3 SH Peter Stringer9Alex Davies SH 1 12 21
1 P Paul James1Tom Bristow P
1 H Robert Webber2Greg Bateman H 1
1 P Dave Wilson3Paulica Ion P
L Stuart Hooper4Jon Mills L 1
1 L Dominic Day5Kirill Kulemin L
3 FL Francois Louw6Julio Cabello FL
FL Mathew Gilbert7Mike Hills FL 1
1 8 Carl Fearns8Daniel Browne 8


1 rh Ross Batty16Daniel George rh 2
1 rp Nathan Catt17James Tideswell rp 1
1 rp Anthony Perenise18Arthur Joly rp
1 r8 Ben Skirving19Matt Corker r8
1 rfl Will Skuse20Adam Balding rfl
4 rsh Michael Claassens21Robert Lewis rsh
30 30 rfh Tom Heathcote22James Lewis rfh 1
5 rc Nick Abendanon23Nick Scott rc 4

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
04/11/12 London Welsh 16 - 9 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
22/03/13 Sale Sharks 14 - 13 Bath Rugby
09/03/13 Harlequins 31 - 23 Bath Rugby
01/03/13 Bath Rugby 31 - 25 Gloucester Rugby

London Welsh form guide

Date Home Score Away
23/03/13 Gloucester Rugby 15 - 14 London Welsh
03/03/13 Saracens 35 - 14 London Welsh
23/02/13 Exeter Chiefs 47 - 16 London Welsh

Bath dangermen

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

London Welsh dangermen

Tries Opeti Fonua 6
Points Will Robinson 52
Conversions Will Robinson 11
Minutes Nic Reynolds 1653