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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 36 v 17 Worcester Warriors

3 March 2012, KO 14:15

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Worcester Warriors

2 March 2012, 12:07pm

Beech and Bell come in to start for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby make just two changes to the starting line-up that secured victory over Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park last weekend, as they prepare to face Worcester Warriors in the Round 17 Aviva Premiership Rugby match at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, kick-off 2.15pm.

Both changes are in the front row, with Charlie Beech coming in at loosehead and Duncan Bell starting at tighthead. They scrum down in the front row with Lee Mears, who starts at hooker.

Dave Attwood and Ryan Caldwell continue their partnership in the second row, with Ben Skirving, Francois Louw and Simon Taylor completing the pack.

The back line remains the same, with Michael Claassens and Tom Heathcote controlling the game from the half-backs, Olly Barkley and Matt Carraro teaming up in the centres, and Matt Banahan and Tom Biggs out wide on the wings. Sam Vesty completes the starting XV at fullback.

There are also changes in the front row replacements, with Pieter Dixon, David Flatman and Kane Palma-Newport all being named on the bench.

Bath Rugby team to face Worcester Warriors

15. Sam Vesty

14. Matt Banahan

13. Matt Carraro

12. Olly Barkley

11. Tom Biggs

10. Tom Heathcote

9. Michael Claassens

1. Charlie Beech

2. Lee Mears

3. Duncan Bell

4. Dave Attwood

5. Ryan Caldwell

6. Ben Skirving

7. Francois Louw (c)

8. Simon Taylor


16. Pieter Dixon

17. David Flatman

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Guy Mercer

20. Carl Fearns

21. Chris Cook

22. Olly Woodburn

23. Jack Cuthbert


3 March 2012
Ground open: 12.15
Kickoff: 14:15
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby


Worcester Warriors

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
18 1 6 1 FB Sam Vesty15Chris Pennell FB
5 W Matthew Banahan14Tom Arscott W 4
3 C Matthew Carraro13Alex Grove C 1
19 16 C Olly Barkley12Dale Rasmussen C 1
8 W Tom Biggs11Miles Benjamin W 5
24 17 1 FH Tom Heathcote10Andy Goode FH 1 10 3 23
4 SH Michael Claassens9Shaun Perry SH 1
2 P Charlie Beech1Matt Mullan P
H Lee Mears2Ed Shervington H
P Duncan Bell3Tevita Taumoepeau P
4 L Dave Attwood4Chris Jones L
2 L Ryan Caldwell5Craig Gillies L
2 FL Ben Skirving6Sam Betty FL 1
2 FL Francois Louw7Jake Abbott FL 1
8 Simon Taylor8Blair Cowan 8


rh Pieter Dixon16Aleki Lutui rh
1 rp David Flatman17George Porter rp
1 rp Kane Palma-Newport18Oliver Tomaszczyk rp
1 r8 Guy Mercer19Ben Gulliver r8
1 rfl Carl Fearns20Kai Horstmann rfl
rsh Chris Cook21Jonny Arr rsh
7 rfh Ollie Woodburn22Danny Gray rfh 1 4
2 rc Jack Cuthbert23Ravai Fatiaki rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
25/11/11 Worcester Warriors 16 - 7 Bath Rugby
22/10/11 Bath Rugby 46 - 13 Worcester Warriors

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
25/02/12 Exeter Chiefs 9 - 12 Bath Rugby
18/02/12 Bath Rugby 11 - 14 Gloucester Rugby
11/02/12 Bath Rugby 30 - 24 Newcastle Falcons

Worcester Warriors form guide

Date Home Score Away
24/02/12 Worcester Warriors 16 - 11 Saracens
18/02/12 Harlequins 16 - 14 Worcester Warriors
10/02/12 Sale Sharks 15 - 12 Worcester Warriors

Bath dangermen

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

Worcester dangermen

Tries David Lemi 6
Points Chris Pennell 92
Conversions Ignacio Mieres 10
Minutes Chris Pennell 2000