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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 30 v 24 Newcastle Falcons

11 February 2012, KO 14:15

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Newcastle Falcons

10 February 2012, 11:56am

Bath Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons

Bath Rugby have made just three changes to the starting line-up that secured victory over Exeter Chiefs last weekend for Saturday's Aviva Premiership match against Newcastle Falcons at the Rec, kick-off 2.15pm.

Ryan Caldwell comes back into the starting line up to partner Dave Attwood in the second row, with Ben Skirving shifting back to the blindside flank. Francois Louw moves to the openside, and Simon Taylor continues at number 8. Lee Mears once more starts at hooker, with David Flatman and Anthony Perenise either side of him in the front row.

Tom Heathcote comes in at fly-half, partnering Michael Claassens, who also returns to the starting line-up.

The back-line remains unchanged, with Tom Biggs and Olly Woodburn on the wings, Olly Barkley and Matt Banahan partnering up in the centres once again, and Sam Vesty completing the line-up at full-back.

On the bench, there is a return to the match day squad for Kane Palma-Newport and Matt Carraro.

Stephen Donald and Nick Abendanon are both unavailable after not recovering from knocks picked up last weekend, and David Wilson is out with a broken cheekbone.

Bath Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons

15. Sam Vesty

14. Olly Woodburn

13. Matt Banahan

12. Olly Barkley

11. Tom Biggs

10. Tom Heathcote

9. Michael Claassens

1. David Flatman

2. Lee Mears

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Dave Attwood

5. Ryan Caldwell

6. Ben Skirving

7. Francois Louw (c)

8. Simon Taylor


16. Pieter Dixon

17. Nathan Catt

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Guy Mercer

20. Josh Ovens

21. Chris Cook

22. Matt Carraro

23. Nick Scott


11 February 2012
Ground open: 12.15
Kickoff: 14:15
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby


Newcastle Falcons

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
18 1 6 1 FB Sam Vesty15Greg Goosen FB 5
7 W Ollie Woodburn14Ryan Shortland W
4 C Matthew Banahan13Jamie Helleur C 2
18 16 C Olly Barkley12James Fitzpatrick C 3
5 W Tom Biggs11Sukanaivalu Hufanga W 1
18 13 1 FH Tom Heathcote10Jimmy Gopperth FH 2 21 1 43
2 SH Michael Claassens9Chris Pilgrim SH
1 P David Flatman1Grant Shiels P
H Lee Mears2Rob Vickers H 2
4 P Anthony Perenise3Euan Murray P
4 L Dave Attwood4Adriaan Fondse L
2 L Ryan Caldwell5Tim Swinson L 2
2 FL Ben Skirving6Will Welch FL
2 FL Francois Louw7Allister Hogg FL
8 Simon Taylor8Mark Wilson 8 3


rh Pieter Dixon16Matt Thompson rh
1 rp Nathan Catt17Jon Golding rp
1 rp Kane Palma-Newport18James Hall rp
1 r8 Guy Mercer19Andrew Van der Heijden r8
1 rfl Josh Ovens20Taiasina Tuifua rfl
rsh Chris Cook21Will Chudley rsh 1
rfh Nick Scott22Tom Bedford rfh
3 rc Matthew Carraro23Joel Hodgson rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
03/09/11 Newcastle Falcons 9 - 22 Bath Rugby
07/05/11 Bath Rugby 42 - 12 Newcastle Falcons
30/04/11 Newcastle Falcons 11 - 14 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
05/02/12 Exeter Chiefs 3 - 31 Bath Rugby
28/01/12 Bath Rugby 46 - 14 Northampton Saints
21/01/12 Bath Rugby 23 - 18 Glasgow Warriors

Newcastle Falcons form guide

Date Home Score Away
04/02/12 Leicester Tigers 24 - 13 Newcastle Falcons
29/01/12 Newcastle Falcons 37 - 7 Sale Sharks
07/01/12 Newcastle Falcons 10 - 16 Exeter Chiefs

Bath dangermen

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

Newcastle dangermen

Tries Sinoti Sinoti 9
Points Rory Clegg 94
Conversions Tom Catterick 19
Minutes Juan Socino 1780