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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 11 v 14 Gloucester Rugby

18 February 2012, KO 14:30

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Gloucester Rugby

17 February 2012, 12:02pm

Derby day at the Recreation Ground

After a bonus point victory over Newcastle Falcons last weekend, Bath Rugby will be determined to continue that momentum in tomorrow's Round 15 Aviva Premiership fixture as they welcome local rivals Gloucester Rugby to the Recreation Ground, kick-off 2.30pm.

West Country derby games between Bath and Gloucester are always hotly contested and tomorrow looks set to be no different with both teams looking to climb the table.

The Bath starting line-up sees just two changes from last weekend and both come in the pack.

Nathan Catt comes into the starting loosehead shirt, scrumming down alongside Lee Mears and Anthony Perenise.

Stuart Hooper returns to the engine room, in place of Dave Attwood who has not fully recovered from a groin strain picked up last weekend, and partners Ryan Caldwell. Ben Skirving, Francois Louw and Simon Taylor complete the pack.

Michael Claassens and Tom Heathcote continue to build their half-back partnership, whilst Olly Barkley and Matt Banahan combine in the centres once more. Tom Biggs and Olly Woodburn start out wide, with Sam Vesty completing the line-up at fullback.

On the bench, Ross Batty, Charlie Beech, Duncan Bell and Jack Cuthbert all return to the matchday 23.

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester Rugby

15. Sam Vesty
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Matt Banahan
12. Olly Barkley
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Michael Claassens
1. Nathan Catt
2. Lee Mears
3. Anthony Perenise
4. Stuart Hooper
5. Ryan Caldwell
6. Ben Skirving
7. Francois Louw
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Charlie Beech
18. Duncan Bell
19. Guy Mercer
20. Josh Ovens
21. Chris Cook
22. Matt Carraro
23. Jack Cuthbert

Overview

18 February 2012
Ground open: 12.30
Kickoff: 14:30
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby

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Gloucester Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
18 1 6 1 FB Sam Vesty15Jonny May FB 9
7 W Ollie Woodburn14Charlie Sharples W 7
4 C Matthew Banahan13Mike Tindall C 1 1
19 16 C Olly Barkley12Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu C
6 W Tom Biggs11James Simpson-Daniel W 5
19 13 1 FH Tom Heathcote10Freddie Burns FH 2 27 1 44
2 SH Michael Claassens9Rory Lawson SH 1
1 P Nathan Catt1Nick Wood P 1
H Lee Mears2Scott Lawson H 2
4 P Anthony Perenise3Rupert Harden P
L Stuart Hooper4James Hamilton L
2 L Ryan Caldwell5Alex Brown L
2 FL Ben Skirving6Tom Savage FL
2 FL Francois Louw7Akapusi Qera FL 2
8 Simon Taylor8Matt Cox 8

Replacements

1 rh Ross Batty16Darren Dawiduik rh 3
2 rp Charlie Beech17Dan Murphy rp 1
rp Duncan Bell18Shaun Knight rp
1 r8 Guy Mercer19Will James r8
1 rfl Josh Ovens20Peter Buxton rfl 1
rsh Chris Cook21Dave Lewis rsh
3 rfh Matthew Carraro22Ryan Mills rfh 3 4
2 rc Jack Cuthbert23Tom Voyce rc 2

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
24/09/11 Gloucester Rugby 23 - 6 Bath Rugby
05/03/11 Gloucester Rugby 34 - 22 Bath Rugby
01/10/10 Bath Rugby 3 - 18 Gloucester Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
11/02/12 Bath Rugby 30 - 24 Newcastle Falcons
05/02/12 Exeter Chiefs 3 - 31 Bath Rugby
28/01/12 Bath Rugby 46 - 14 Northampton Saints

Gloucester Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
11/02/12 Gloucester Rugby 27 - 24 Northampton Saints
04/02/12 London Irish 23 - 15 Gloucester Rugby
28/01/12 Gloucester Rugby 40 - 3 Cardiff Blues

Bath dangermen

Tries Jonathan Joseph 6
Points George Ford 84
Conversions George Ford 18
Minutes Leroy Houston 710

Gloucester dangermen

Tries Jonny May 4
Points Greig Laidlaw 64
Conversions Greig Laidlaw 11
Minutes Charlie Sharples 563