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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 13 v 18 Leinster

11 December 2011, KO 12:45

Recreation Ground
Heineken Cup


16 December 2011, 11:45am

Bath Rugby team to face Leinster

Bath Rugby name a virtually unchanged side to travel to Dublin as they prepare to take on the current Heineken Cup champions, Leinster, for the second time in two weeks at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 18.00.

David Flatman, Chris Biller and David Wilson continue in the front row, with Dave Attwood and Ryan Caldwell combining in the second row. Captain, Francois Louw returns at blindside, with Guy Mercer at openside and Simon Taylor at No. 8 completing the pack.

Michael Claassens and Stephen Donald continue to form their half-back partnership. The only change to the starting XV comes in the backs, where Dan Hipkiss is ruled out with a knock picked up last week. Matt Banahan shifts from the wing to outside centre, with Nick Abendanon moving to the wing, and Sam Vesty coming in at fullback.

There is a welcome return to the bench for Ross Batty and Ben Williams who both come back into the squad following injuries.  

Bath Rugby team to face Leinster

15 Sam Vesty

14 Jack Cuthbert

13 Matt Banahan

12 Olly Barkley

11 Nick Abendanon

10 Stephen Donald

9 Michael Claassens

1 David Flatman

2 Chris Biller

3 David Wilson

4 Dave Attwood

5 Ryan Caldwell

6 Francois Louw (c)

7 Guy Mercer

8 Simon Taylor


16 Ross Batty

17 Nathan Catt

18 Anthony Perenise

19 Will Spencer

20 Andy Beattie

21 Chris Cook

22 Tom Heathcote

23 Ben Williams


11 December 2011
Kickoff: 12:45
The Recreation Ground »

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
2 FB Nick Abendanon15Robert Kearney FB 1
2 W Jack Cuthbert14Isakeli Nacewa W
1 C Dan Hipkiss13Fergus McFadden C
4 3 C Olly Barkley12Gordon D'Arcy C 1
3 W Matthew Banahan11Luke Fitzgerald W
3 FH Stephen Donald10Jonathan Sexton FH 5 10
1 SH Michael Claassens9Isaac Boss SH 1
1 P David Flatman1Heinke Van der Merwe P
H Chris Biller2Richardt Strauss H
P Dave Wilson3Mike Ross P
3 L Dave Attwood4Leo Cullen L
L Ryan Caldwell5Damien Browne L
1 FL Francois Louw6Kevin McLaughlin FL
1 FL Guy Mercer7Sean O'Brien FL
8 Simon Taylor8James Heaslip 8


1 rh Charlie Beech16Sean Cronin rh 1
1 rp Nathan Catt17Cian Healy rp
1 rp Anthony Perenise18Nathan White rp
1 r8 Will Spencer19Devin Toner r8
rfl Andy Beattie20Shane Jennings rfl
rsh Chris Cook21Eoin Reddan rsh
14 10 1 rfh Tom Heathcote22Ian Madigan rfh 1
18 1 6 1 rc Sam Vesty23Eoin O'Malley rc 2

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
03/12/11 Bath Rugby 13 - 16 Sale Sharks
25/11/11 Worcester Warriors 16 - 7 Bath Rugby
20/11/11 Bath Rugby 16 - 13 Montpellier

Leinster form guide

Date Home Score Away
20/11/11 Leinster 38 - 13 Glasgow Warriors
12/11/11 Montpellier 16 - 16 Leinster
30/04/11 Leinster 32 - 23 Toulouse

Bath dangermen

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

Leinster dangermen

Tries Rob Kearney 2
Points Ian Madigan 40
Conversions Jonathan Sexton 7
Minutes Ian Madigan 240