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Gloucester Rugby

Gloucester Rugby 5 v 32 Bath Rugby

2 February 2013, KO 14:00

LV= Cup

Bath Rugby

1 February 2013, 12:00pm

Fearns returns for derby day

Bath Rugby's big hitting back row Carl Fearns is back in the starting line-up for the LV= Cup match against West Country rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm tomorrow, kick-off 14.00.

Fearns will be joined in the back row by Ben Skirving and Francois Louw, while Dominic Day and Dave Attwood form a heavy, powerful partnership in the engine room.

The front row sees England international Rob Webber start his second consecutive match after returning from long term injury. He was excellent in his Bath debut last week and will look to improve on that tomorrow with Charlie Beech and Anthony Perenise by his side at loosehead and tighthead prop.

After a dream debut last week versus Exeter, Ireland international Peter Stringer is selected to partner All Black Stephen Donald in the half-backs, while Sam Vesty and Matt Banahan form a midfield replete with experience and brute force.

Electric young talent Olly Woodburn sits on the left wing, with Argentinian international Horacio Agulla on the right, and Bath stalwart Nick Abendanon returns at fullback.

We are also pleased to announce that there will be an open training session at the Rec on Friday 15th February at 09.45. Bring the family to join the team as they put the finishing touches to their preparation to face London Irish the following day. You can watch the session then meet the players, so bring your autograph books!

15 Nick Abendanon

14 Horacio Agulla

13 Matt Banahan

12 Sam Vesty

11 Olly Woodburn

10 Stephen Donald

9 Peter Stringer

1 Charlie Beech

2 Rob Webber

3 Anthony Perenise

4 Dave Attwood

5 Dominic Day

6 Francois Louw

7 Carl Fearns

8 Ben Skirving


16 Ross Batty

17 Nathan Catt

18 Kane Palma-Newport

19 Will Spencer

20 Mat Gilbert

21 Chris Cook

22 Semesa Rokoduguni

23 Jack Cuthbert



2 February 2013
Kickoff: 14:00

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image


Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Gloucester Rugby


Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 1 FB Rob Cook15Nick Abendanon FB 3
1 W Charlie Sharples14Horacio Agulla W
C Mike Tindall13Matthew Banahan C 2
C Tim Molenaar12Sam Vesty C 2 1
2 W Shane Monahan11Olly Woodburn W 1
1 1 FH Ryan Mills10Stephen Donald FH 3 4 16
SH Jimmy Cowan9Peter Stringer SH 2
2 P Dan Murphy1Charlie Beech P
1 H Huia Edmonds2Robert Webber H
P Rupert Harden3Anthony Perenise P
1 L Tom Savage4Dave Attwood L
L Lua Lokotui5Dominic Day L
FL Peter Buxton6Francois Louw FL 1
FL Andy Hazell7Carl Fearns FL
1 8 Sione Kalamafoni8Ben Skirving 8 1


rh Darren Dawiduik16Tom Dunn rh
1 rp Yann Thomas17Nathan Catt rp
rp Tom Heard18Kane Palma-Newport rp
5 r8 Akapusi Qera19Will Spencer r8
rfl Gareth Evans20Mathew Gilbert rfl 1
2 rsh Dan Robson21Chris Cook rsh
2 1 rfh Billy Burns22Semesa Rokoduguni rfh 3
rc Martyn Thomas23Jack Cuthbert rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
06/10/12 Gloucester Rugby 16 - 10 Bath Rugby
18/02/12 Bath Rugby 11 - 14 Gloucester Rugby
24/09/11 Gloucester Rugby 23 - 6 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
26/01/13 Bath Rugby 16 - 6 Exeter Chiefs
19/01/13 Bath Rugby 53 - 8 Romania Bucuresti
12/01/13 Bath Rugby 19 - 16 Agen

Gloucester Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
26/01/13 Northampton Saints 26 - 7 Gloucester Rugby
19/01/13 Gloucester Rugby 36 - 16 Mont de Marsan
11/01/13 Bordeaux Begles 26 - 31 Gloucester Rugby

Bath dangermen

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

Gloucester dangermen

Tries Henry Purdy 7
Points Greig Laidlaw 159
Conversions Greig Laidlaw 21
Minutes Charlie Sharples 1491