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Batty, Devoto and Spencer to start for Bath Rugby
Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks 19 v 13 Bath Rugby

4 October 2013, KO 19:45

AJ Bell Stadium
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

3 October 2013, 12:01pm

Batty, Devoto and Spencer to start for Bath Rugby

Ross Batty, Ollie Devoto and Will Spencer will make their first starts of the Aviva Premiership season tomorrow when Bath Rugby travel to the AJ Bell Stadium to face Sale Sharks, kick-off 19.45.

Batty comes into the front row alongside the international duo of Paul James and David Wilson, whilst Will Spencer partners Club captain Stuart Hooper in the second row. The back row is unchanged from last weekend's victory over London Irish, as Matt Garvey, Guy Mercer and Leroy Houston complete the scrum.

Peter Stringer and George Ford continue to build their half-back partnership, with Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph linking up in the midfield once more. Tom Biggs replaces Matt Banahan on the left wing, as Semesa Rokoduguni lines up on the opposite side. Devoto, a member of the England U20s Junior World Championship winning side, completes the line-up at fullback.

There are notable returns on the bench for Carl Fearns and Ben Williams, who could both make their return to first team action tomorrow night should be they called upon.

Banahan, Dave Attwood, Rob Webber, Dominic Day, and Anthony Watson all picked up injuries in the game against London Irish and were unavailable for selection this weekend.

Bath Rugby team to face Sale Sharks

15. Ollie Devoto
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Tom Biggs
10. George Ford
9. Peter Stringer
1. Paul James
2. Ross Batty
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Will Spencer
6. Matt Garvey
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston


16. Tom Dunn
17. Anthony Perenise
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Carl Fearns
20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
21. Martin Roberts
22. Ben Williams
23. Gavin Henson


4 October 2013
Ground open: 17.45
Kickoff: 19:45
AJ Bell Stadium

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Sale Sharks


Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Rob Miller15Ollie Devoto FB
W Phil MacKenzie14Semesa Rokoduguni W 2
2 C Andy Forsyth13Jonathan Joseph C 2
C Johnny Leota12Kyle Eastmond C
3 W Mark Cueto11Tom Biggs W
7 1 4 1 FH Daniel Cipriani10George Ford FH 1 9 10
SH Dwayne Peel9Peter Stringer SH
P Eifion Roberts1Paul James P
H Tommy Taylor2Ross Batty H
P Vadim Cobilas3Dave Wilson P
L Jon Mills4Stuart Hooper L
L Michael Paterson5Will Spencer L
1 FL Daniel Braid6Matthew Garvey FL
FL David Seymour7Guy Mercer FL 2
8 Mark Easter8Leroy Houston 8


1 rh Marc Jones16Tom Dunn rh
rp Ross Harrison17Anthony Perenise rp 1
rp Henry Thomas18Kane Palma-Newport rp
r8 Kirill Kulemin19Carl Fearns r8
rfl Andrei Ostrikov20Alafoti Faosiliva rfl
rsh Will Cliff21Martin Roberts rsh
1 1 rfh Joe Ford22Ben Williams rfh
rc Sam Tuitupou23Gavin Henson rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
22/03/13 Sale Sharks 14 - 13 Bath Rugby
29/09/12 Bath Rugby 31 - 10 Sale Sharks
13/04/12 Sale Sharks 16 - 9 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
28/09/13 Bath Rugby 33 - 18 London Irish
22/09/13 Saracens 31 - 17 Bath Rugby
14/09/13 Bath Rugby 27 - 20 Leicester Tigers

Sale Sharks form guide

Date Home Score Away
27/09/13 Northampton Saints 33 - 14 Sale Sharks
20/09/13 Sale Sharks 26 - 22 Wasps
13/09/13 Sale Sharks 14 - 15 Newcastle Falcons

Bath dangermen

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

Sale dangermen

Tries Tom Arscott 14
Points Danny Cipriani 163
Conversions Danny Cipriani 30
Minutes David Seymour 1522