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Harlequins 14 v 6 Bath Rugby

24 March 2012, KO 14:15

The Stoop
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

23 March 2012, 11:59am

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins

Nick Abendanon, Olly Woodburn, Nathan Catt, Pieter Dixon, David Wilson and Simon Taylor all return to the starting line-up for Bath Rugby on Saturday as they travel to Twickenham to take on current Aviva Premiership leaders Harlequins, kick-off 2.15pm.

There are also returns for Ross Batty, Kane Palma-Newport, Mark McMillan and Dan Hipkiss, who are all named on the bench in a matchday squad containing 10 changes from the LV= Cup Semi Final defeat to Leicester Tigers two weeks ago.   

Abendanon comes back in at fullback, with Woodburn joining Tom Biggs on the wings. Matt Carraro and Olly Barkley combine in the centres, with Tom Heathcote and Michael Claassens continuing their half back pairing.

Up front, Catt, Dixon and Wilson form a new front row, with Dave Attwood and Ryan Caldwell joining forces in the engine room. Taylor completes the pack alongside Carl Fearns and Francois Louw in the back row.

The Stoop is sold out, but if you don't have tickets you can watch the game live on ESPN, with coverage starting at 1.30pm, or listen to BBC Radio Bristol for full match commentary.

Bath Rugby team to face Harlequins

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Olly Woodburn

13. Matt Carraro

12. Olly Barkley

11. Tom Biggs

10. Tom Heathcote

9. Michael Claassens

1. Nathan Catt

2. Pieter Dixon

3. David Wilson

4. Dave Attwood

5. Ryan Caldwell

6. Carl Fearns

7. Francois Louw (c)

8. Simon Taylor


16. Ross Batty

17. Charlie Beech

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Ben Skirving

20. Guy Mercer

21. Mark McMillan

22. Dan Hipkiss

23. Jack Cuthbert


24 March 2012
Ground open: 12.15pm
Kickoff: 14:15
The Stoop

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half



Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
11 FB Mike Brown15Nick Abendanon FB 2
2 W Tom Williams14Ollie Woodburn W 7
1 C George Lowe13Matthew Carraro C 3
C Jordan Turner-Hall12Olly Barkley C 16 19
3 W Ugo Monye11Tom Biggs W 8
58 39 1 FH Nick Evans10Tom Heathcote FH 1 18 29
1 2 SH Daniel Care9Michael Claassens SH 4
P Joe Marler1Nathan Catt P 1
2 H Joe Gray2Pieter Dixon H
2 P James Johnston3Dave Wilson P
3 L Ollie Kohn4Dave Attwood L 4
L George Robson5Ryan Caldwell L 2
FL Tom Guest6Carl Fearns FL 1
4 FL Luke Wallace7Francois Louw FL 2
1 8 Nick Easter8Simon Taylor 8


rh Rob Buchanan16Ross Batty rh 1
1 rp Mark Lambert17Charlie Beech rp 2
rp Will Collier18Kane Palma-Newport rp 1
r8 Tomas Vallejos-Cinalli19Ben Skirving r8 2
1 rfl Maurie Fa'asavalu20Guy Mercer rfl 1
1 rsh Karl Dickson21Mark McMillan rsh
14 11 rfh Rory Clegg22Dan Hipkiss rfh 1
5 rc Ross Chisholm23Jack Cuthbert rc 2

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
05/11/11 Bath Rugby 13 - 26 Harlequins
16/04/11 Bath Rugby 19 - 15 Harlequins
31/10/10 Harlequins 6 - 6 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
09/03/12 Bath Rugby 16 - 17 Leicester Tigers
03/03/12 Bath Rugby 36 - 17 Worcester Warriors
25/02/12 Exeter Chiefs 9 - 12 Bath Rugby

Harlequins form guide

Date Home Score Away
02/03/12 Newcastle Falcons 9 - 9 Harlequins
25/02/12 Gloucester Rugby 29 - 23 Harlequins
18/02/12 Harlequins 16 - 14 Worcester Warriors

Bath dangermen

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

Harlequins dangermen

Tries Marland Yarde 8
Points Nick Evans 173
Conversions Nick Evans 20
Minutes Marland Yarde 1520