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Bath Rugby side to tackle Tigers
Leicester Tigers

Leicester Tigers 27 v 27 Bath Rugby

5 January 2014, KO 14:00

Welford Road
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

3 January 2014, 12:00pm

Bath Rugby side to tackle Tigers

Nick Abendanon comes in at fullback this Sunday as Bath Rugby travel to face old foes Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership at Welford Road, kick-off 14.00.

His selection means that in-form youngster Anthony Watson shifts to the right wing, with former Tiger Horacio Agulla taking a spot on the bench. The midfield partnership of Jonathan Joseph and Kyle Eastmond is selected once again, as is Matt Banahan out wide on the left. George Ford and Peter Stringer will reunite at half-back, as Martin Roberts moves from the starting XV to the bench.

The pack remains unchanged from the unit that faced Northampton last week. Bath will field an all international front row of Paul James, Rob Webber and Anthony Perenise. Dave Attwood will again partner skipper Stuart Hooper at lock as Matt Garvey, Francois Louw and Carl Fearns make up the back row.

The Rec Clubhouse will be open to supporters for the match so please, if you are unable to travel to Leicester, do join us and cheer on the boys from the bar, doors open from 13.00!

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Anthony Watson
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


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



5 January 2014
Ground open: 12.00
Kickoff: 14:00
Welford Road

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Leicester Tigers


Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Mathew Tait15Nick Abendanon FB
W Niall Morris14Anthony Watson W 1
3 C Vereniki Goneva13Jonathan Joseph C 4
14 7 C Toby Flood12Kyle Eastmond C 2
1 W Miles Benjamin11Matthew Banahan W 7
21 1 9 FH Owen Williams10George Ford FH 2 23 2 40
1 SH Ben Youngs9Peter Stringer SH
P Marcos Ayerza1Paul James P
H Tom Youngs2Robert Webber H 2
P Dan Cole3Anthony Perenise P 3
L Louis Deacon4Stuart Hooper L
3 L Ed Slater5Dave Attwood L 2
1 FL Jamie Gibson6Matthew Garvey FL 3
FL Julian Salvi7Francois Louw FL 1
2 8 Jordan Crane8Carl Fearns 8 3


rh Rob Hawkins16Eusebio Guinazu rh
rp Boris Stankovich17Nathan Catt rp
rp Fraser Balmain18Juan Pablo Orlandi rp
r8 Sebastian De Chaves19Dominic Day r8 2
3 rfl Thomas Waldrom20Leroy Houston rfl 1
1 1 1 rsh David Mele21Martin Roberts rsh 1
rfh Scott Hamilton22Ollie Devoto rfh
rc Matt Smith23Horacio Agulla rc 1

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
14/09/13 Bath Rugby 27 - 20 Leicester Tigers
20/04/13 Bath Rugby 27 - 26 Leicester Tigers
01/12/12 Leicester Tigers 17 - 12 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
28/12/13 Northampton Saints 43 - 25 Bath Rugby
21/12/13 Bath Rugby 14 - 3 Harlequins
14/12/13 Bath Rugby 63 - 0 Mogliano

Leicester Tigers form guide

Date Home Score Away
28/12/13 Leicester Tigers 30 - 23 Sale Sharks
21/12/13 Saracens 49 - 10 Leicester Tigers
29/11/13 Gloucester Rugby 17 - 22 Leicester Tigers

Bath dangermen

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

Leicester dangermen

Tries Vereniki Goneva 7
Points Freddie Burns 162
Conversions Freddie Burns 18
Minutes Julian Salvi 1652