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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 6 v 26 Northampton Saints

31 March 2012, KO 17:30

Recreation Ground
AVIVA Premiership

Northampton Saints

30 March 2012, 11:58am

Donald returns to face Saints

World Cup winning fly-half Stephen Donald returns to the Bath Rugby line-up for Saturday's crunch Aviva Premiership Round 19 clash with Northampton Saints at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 5.30pm.

Donald links up with Michael Claassens as the two Southern Hemisphere half-backs look to reignite their partnership for the first time since February.

Matt Banahan returns to the right wing as Tom Biggs continues on the left, with Nick Abendanon named at fullback. After making his first appearance since December as a replacement last weekend, Dan Hipkiss comes back into the starting line-up at outside centre, with Matt Carraro shifting inside.

In the pack, David Flatman starts at loosehead with Pieter Dixon and David Wilson scrumming down alongside him, and Dave Attwood and Ryan Caldwell continue their partnership in the second row. There are also changes in the back row as Ben Skirving starts on the blindside flank and Carl Fearns shifts to the openside. Simon Taylor completes the pack at Number 8.

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Matt Banahan

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Matt Carraro

11. Tom Biggs

10. Stephen Donald

9. Michael Claassens (c)

1. David Flatman

2. Pieter Dixon

3. David Wilson

4. Dave Attwood

5. Ryan Caldwell

6. Ben Skirving

7. Carl Fearns

8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Nathan Catt

18. Duncan Bell

19. Josh Ovens

20. Guy Mercer

21. Mark McMillan

22. Sam Vesty

23. Jack Cuthbert

Overview

31 March 2012
Ground open: 15.30
Kickoff: 17:30
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby

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Northampton Saints

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
2 FB Nick Abendanon15Ben Foden FB 8
5 W Matthew Banahan14Chris Ashton W 4
1 C Dan Hipkiss13George Pisi C 3
3 C Matthew Carraro12James Downey C 3
8 W Tom Biggs11Paul Diggin W 2
9 4 3 FH Stephen Donald10Ryan Lamb FH 30 6 46
4 SH Michael Claassens9Lee Dickson SH 1
1 P David Flatman1Soane Tongauiha P 4
H Pieter Dixon2Andy Long H 2
P Dave Wilson3Brian Mujati P 1
4 L Dave Attwood4Mark Sorenson L 1
2 L Ryan Caldwell5Chris Day L 1
2 FL Ben Skirving6James Craig FL 1
1 FL Carl Fearns7Phil Dowson FL 4
8 Simon Taylor8Roger Wilson 8 2

Replacements

1 rh Ross Batty16Ross McMillan rh
1 rp Nathan Catt17Alex Waller rp 3
rp Duncan Bell18Paul Doran-Jones rp
1 r8 Josh Ovens19James Ingle r8
1 rfl Guy Mercer20Teimana Harrison rfl
rsh Mark McMillan21Martin Roberts rsh 2
18 1 6 1 rfh Sam Vesty22Stephen Myler rfh 29 45
2 rc Jack Cuthbert23Tom May rc 4

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
28/01/12 Bath Rugby 46 - 14 Northampton Saints
24/12/11 Northampton Saints 22 - 13 Bath Rugby
19/02/11 Bath Rugby 38 - 8 Northampton Saints

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
24/03/12 Harlequins 14 - 6 Bath Rugby
09/03/12 Bath Rugby 16 - 17 Leicester Tigers
03/03/12 Bath Rugby 36 - 17 Worcester Warriors

Northampton Saints form guide

Date Home Score Away
24/03/12 Northampton Saints 32 - 15 London Wasps
18/03/12 Leicester Tigers 26 - 14 Northampton Saints
11/03/12 Northampton Saints 27 - 12 Scarlets

Bath dangermen

Tries Semesa Rokoduguni 3
Points George Ford 37
Conversions George Ford 8
Minutes Semesa Rokoduguni 160

Northampton dangermen

Tries George North 3
Points Stephen Myler 22
Conversions Stephen Myler 5
Minutes George North 160