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Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs 9 v 12 Bath Rugby

25 February 2012, KO 18:00

Sandy Park
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

24 February 2012, 11:58am

Carraro returns to starting line-up for Bath Rugby

Matt Carraro returns to the starting line-up for Bath Rugby as they look to get back to winning ways in the Aviva Premiership away to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, kick-off 6.00pm.

Carraro is named at outside centre, with Olly Barkley on the inside. Matt Banahan shifts to the right wing, with Tom Biggs, who scored a hat trick on Bath's last visit to Sandy Park, starting on the left. Sam Vesty lines up at fullback, as Tom Heathcote and Michael Claassens continue their half-back partnership.

There is just one change in the forwards, with Dave Attwood coming back into the second row to partner Ryan Caldwell. Nathan Catt and Anthony Perenise scrum down either side of Lee Mears in the front row, and Ben Skirving, Francois Louw and Simon Taylor complete the pack. 

There is also a return to the matchday squad for the first time since September for Carl Fearns, who is named amongst the replacements. 

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

15. Sam Vesty

14. Matt Banahan

13. Matt Carraro

12. Olly Barkley

11. Tom Biggs

10. Tom Heathcote

9. Michael Claassens

1. Nathan Catt        

2. Lee Mears 

3. Anthony Perenise 

4. Dave Attwood     

5. Ryan Caldwell      

6. Ben Skirving        

7. Francois Louw (c)

8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Charlie Beech

18. Duncan Bell

19. Guy Mercer

20. Carl Fearns

21. Chris Cook

22. Olly Woodburn

23. Jack Cuthbert

Overview

25 February 2012
Ground open: 15.00
Kickoff: 18:00
Sandy Park

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image

10

Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Exeter Chiefs

V

Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
2 FB Phil Dollman15Sam Vesty FB 1 6 1 18
W Gonzalo Camacho14Matthew Banahan W 4
C Nicholas Sestaret13Matthew Carraro C 3
2 C Jason Shoemark12Olly Barkley C 16 19
2 W Matt Jess11Tom Biggs W 6
45 1 14 1 FH Ignacio Mieres10Tom Heathcote FH 1 13 23
1 SH Haydn Thomas9Michael Claassens SH 2
1 P Hoani Tui1Nathan Catt P 1
H Chris Whitehead2Lee Mears H
P Craig Mitchell3Anthony Perenise P 4
L Tom Hayes4Dave Attwood L 4
L Peter Short5Ryan Caldwell L 2
1 FL Tom Johnson6Ben Skirving FL 2
FL James Scaysbrook7Francois Louw FL 2
4 8 Richard Baxter8Simon Taylor 8

Replacements

rh Neil Clark16Ross Batty rh 1
1 rp Chris Budgen17Charlie Beech rp 2
rp John Andress18Duncan Bell rp
1 r8 Aly Muldowney19Guy Mercer r8 1
1 rfl James Phillips20Carl Fearns rfl 1
rsh Kevin Barrett21Chris Cook rsh
13 10 rfh Gareth Steenson22Ollie Woodburn rfh 7
1 rc Bryan Rennie23Jack Cuthbert rc 2

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
05/02/12 Exeter Chiefs 3 - 31 Bath Rugby
17/09/11 Bath Rugby 23 - 19 Exeter Chiefs
09/04/11 Bath Rugby 26 - 18 Exeter Chiefs

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
18/02/12 Bath Rugby 11 - 14 Gloucester Rugby
11/02/12 Bath Rugby 30 - 24 Newcastle Falcons
05/02/12 Exeter Chiefs 3 - 31 Bath Rugby

Exeter Chiefs form guide

Date Home Score Away
18/02/12 London Wasps 12 - 15 Exeter Chiefs
11/02/12 Exeter Chiefs 19 - 11 Leicester Tigers
05/02/12 Exeter Chiefs 3 - 31 Bath Rugby

Bath dangermen

Tries Matthew Banahan 9
Points George Ford 281
Conversions George Ford 46
Minutes Matthew Garvey 1955

Exeter dangermen

Tries Dean Mumm 6
Points Gareth Steenson 194
Conversions Gareth Steenson 26
Minutes Ian Whitten 1646