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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 26 v 25 Leicester Tigers

1 October 2011, KO 15:15

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Leicester Tigers

30 September 2011, 12:03pm

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers

Bath Rugby have made a number of changes to the side which travelled to Kingsholm last weekend, in preparation for the visit of Leicester Tigers to the Recreation Ground on Saturday, kick-off 3.15pm.

Dan Hipkiss returns to the outside centre role to face his old club, partnered by Ben Williams at inside centre. Matt Carraro shifts outside to the wing, and Olly Woodburn comes onto the bench after Jack Cuthbert was ruled out with a slight knock picked up last weekend. Carl Fearns and Nathan Catt are also ruled out with minor knocks.

In the front row, David Flatman and Pieter Dixon return, with Kane Palma-Newport joining them. Duncan Bell and Ross Batty both feature on the bench, and Charlie Beech retains his place after his debut last week.

The back row sees the return of Simon Taylor in the number 8 shirt, with Ben Skirving moving to the blindside flank, and Guy Mercer starting on the openside. Andy Beattie provides the cover from the bench.

Tickets are still available for tomorrow's titanic clash against our arch rivals, so call the ticket office now on 0844 448 1865 to book yours and join us for what promises to be a fantastic afternoon of rugby in the sunshine. The gates and Clubhouse will be open earlier than normal, at 12.45pm, with the Gloucester v London Irish game match being shown from 1pm.

Bath Rugby team to face Leicester Tigers

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Matt Carraro

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Ben Williams

11. Tom Biggs

10. Sam Vesty

9. Michael Claassens

1. David Flatman (c)

2. Pieter Dixon

3. Kane Palma-Newport

4. Dave Attwood

5. Ryan Caldwell

6. Ben Skirving

7. Guy Mercer

8. Simon Taylor


16. Ross Batty

17. Charlie Beech

18. Duncan Bell

19. Will Spencer

20. Andy Beattie

21. Mark McMillan

22. Tom Heathcote

23. Olly Woodburn



1 October 2011
Ground open: 12.45
Kickoff: 15:15
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image


Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby


Leicester Tigers

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Nick Abendanon15Niall Morris FB 2
1 W Matthew Carraro14Andy Forsyth W
C Dan Hipkiss13Matt Smith C
C Ben Williams12Billy Twelvetrees C 2 4 6
W Tom Biggs11Mathew Tait W
8 1 2 FH Sam Vesty10Jeremy Staunton FH
SH Michael Claassens9James Grindal SH
P David Flatman1Boris Stankovich P
H Pieter Dixon2George Chuter H
P Kane Palma-Newport3Michael Holford P
L Dave Attwood4Ed Slater L
L Ryan Caldwell5Geoff Parling L
FL Ben Skirving6Steve Mafi FL
FL Guy Mercer7Ben Woods FL
8 Simon Taylor8Julian Salvi 8


rh Ross Batty16Tom Youngs rh
rp Charlie Beech17Jonny Harris rp
rp Duncan Bell18Peter Bucknall rp
r8 Will Spencer19Graham Kitchener r8
rfl Andy Beattie20Ben Pienaar rfl
rsh Mark McMillan21Sam Harrison rsh
rfh Tom Heathcote22George Ford rfh 1 1
rc Ollie Woodburn23Lee Robinson rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
26/03/11 Bath Rugby 6 - 37 Leicester Tigers
04/02/11 Leicester Tigers 12 - 26 Bath Rugby
23/10/10 Leicester Tigers 21 - 15 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
24/09/11 Gloucester Rugby 23 - 6 Bath Rugby
17/09/11 Bath Rugby 23 - 19 Exeter Chiefs
10/09/11 Bath Rugby 26 - 28 Saracens

Leicester Tigers form guide

Date Home Score Away
24/09/11 Leicester Tigers 25 - 50 Saracens
17/09/11 Newcastle Falcons 26 - 27 Leicester Tigers
11/09/11 London Wasps 35 - 29 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