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Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints 22 v 13 Bath Rugby

24 December 2011, KO 15:15

Franklin's Gardens
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

23 December 2011, 11:45am

Batty, Beattie, Williams and Carraro back to face Northampton

Ross Batty, Andy Beattie, Ben Williams and Matt Carraro all return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up this weekend, as they travel to face Northampton Saints on Christmas Eve, kick-off 3.15pm.

Batty comes into the front row alongside David Flatman and David Wilson, with Dave Attwood and Ryan Caldwell continuing their partnership in the engine room.

Andy Beattie takes up the blindside flank position, as Guy Mercer continues at openside and Francois Louw shifts to the back of the scrum at number 8. Simon Taylor is ruled out after picking up a knock against Leinster.

Michael Claassens and Stephen Donald link up once again in the half backs, as Ben Williams starts at outside centre, partnering Olly Barkley on the inside. Matt Banahan shifts to the wing, with Matt Carraro coming in on the opposite side. Nick Abendanon completes the line-up at fullback.

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Nick Abendanon
14. Matt Carraro
13. Ben Williams
12. Olly Barkley
11. Matt Banahan
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Flatman
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Dave Attwood
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Andy Beattie
7. Guy Mercer
8. Francois Louw (c)

Replacements

16. Will Tanner
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Will Spencer
20. Josh Ovens
21. Chris Cook
22. Tom Heathcote
23. Jack Cuthbert

Overview

24 December 2011
Ground open: 1.15
Kickoff: 15:15
Franklin's Gardens

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image

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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Northampton Saints

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Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
2 FB Ben Foden15Nick Abendanon FB 2
7 W Vasily Artemyev14Jack Cuthbert W 2
2 C George Pisi13Ben Williams C 1
2 C James Downey12Olly Barkley C 7 8
5 W Jamie Elliott11Matthew Banahan W 3
26 2 20 FH Ryan Lamb10Stephen Donald FH 1 3
1 SH Lee Dickson9Michael Claassens SH 1
1 P Soane Tongauiha1David Flatman P 1
2 H Dylan Hartley2Ross Batty H
P Paul Doran-Jones3Dave Wilson P
L Courtney Lawes4Dave Attwood L 4
1 L Mark Sorenson5Ryan Caldwell L
4 FL Phil Dowson6Andy Beattie FL
2 FL Tom Wood7Guy Mercer FL 1
8 Roger Wilson8Francois Louw 8 2

Replacements

1 rh Mike Haywood16Chris Biller rh
rp Alex Waller17Nathan Catt rp 1
rp Tom Mercey18Anthony Perenise rp 1
1 r8 Samu Manoa19Will Spencer r8 1
rfl Ben Nutley20Josh Ovens rfl
1 rsh Martin Roberts21Chris Cook rsh
17 14 rfh Stephen Myler22Tom Heathcote rfh 1 10 14
1 rc Scott Armstrong23Nick Scott rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
19/02/11 Bath Rugby 38 - 8 Northampton Saints
17/09/10 Northampton Saints 31 - 10 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
17/12/11 Leinster 52 - 27 Bath Rugby
11/12/11 Bath Rugby 13 - 18 Leinster
03/12/11 Bath Rugby 13 - 16 Sale Sharks

Northampton Saints form guide

Date Home Score Away
18/12/11 Northampton Saints 45 - 0 Castres
10/12/11 Castres 41 - 22 Northampton Saints
03/12/11 Leicester Tigers 30 - 25 Northampton Saints

Bath dangermen

Tries Semesa Rokoduguni 4
Points George Ford 66
Conversions George Ford 15
Minutes Semesa Rokoduguni 320

Northampton dangermen

Tries George North 4
Points Stephen Myler 33
Conversions Stephen Myler 9
Minutes George North 320