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Saracens

Saracens 31 v 17 Bath Rugby

22 September 2013, KO 14:00

Allianz Park
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

20 September 2013, 11:57am

First starts for Roberts and Fa’osiliva

Martin Roberts and Alafoti Fa'osiliva will make their first starts in the Blue, Black and White of Bath Rugby when they face Saracens at Allianz Park on Sunday in Round Three of the Aviva Premiership, kick-off 14.00.

Roberts links up with Tom Heathcote in an all-international half-back pairing, with the fly-half also making his first appearance of the season.

In the backs, Tom Biggs comes on to the left wing with Semesa Rokoduguni continuing on the right, and Anthony Watson is named at fullback. Gavin Henson continues at inside centre, with Bath stalwart Matt Banahan, who is making his 100th Premiership appearance, shifting to partner him in the midfield.

Fa'osiliva starts on the blindside flank, with Guy Mercer and Leroy Houston on the openside and at number 8 respectively. Dominic Day is chosen to partner captain Stuart Hooper in the engine room, whilst Anthony Perenise switches sides to pack down on the loosehead with Rob Webber and David Wilson completing the front row.

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens

15. Anthony Watson
14. Semesa Rokoduguni
13. Matt Banahan
12. Gavin Henson
11. Tom Biggs
10. Tom Heathcote
9. Martin Roberts
1. Anthony Perenise
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Stuart Hooper ( c )
5. Dominic Day
6. Alafoti Fa'osiliva
7. Guy Mercer
8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Tom Dunn
17. Paul James
18. Kane Palma-Newport
19. Dave Attwood
20. Matt Garvey
21. Micky Young
22. George Ford
23. Jonathan Joseph

Overview

22 September 2013
Kickoff: 14:00
Allianz Park

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Saracens

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Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Alex Goode15Anthony Watson FB
1 W Chris Ashton14Semesa Rokoduguni W 1
C Chris Wyles13Matthew Banahan C 1
C Duncan Taylor12Gavin Henson C
4 W David Strettle11Tom Biggs W
10 10 FH Owen Farrell10Tom Heathcote FH 1
SH Richard Wigglesworth9Martin Roberts SH
1 P Mako Vunipola1Anthony Perenise P 1
1 H Schalk Brits2Robert Webber H
1 P Matt Stevens3Dave Wilson P
L Steve Borthwick4Stuart Hooper L
L George Kruis5Dominic Day L
1 FL Billy Vunipola6Alafoti Faosiliva FL
FL Jaques Burger7Guy Mercer FL
8 Ernst Joubert8Leroy Houston 8

Replacements

2 rh Jamie George16Tom Dunn rh
rp Richard Barrington17Paul James rp
rp James Johnston18Kane Palma-Newport rp
r8 Alistair Hargreaves19Dave Attwood r8 1
rfl Kelly Brown20Matthew Garvey rfl
rsh Neil de Kock21Micky Young rsh
rfh Nils Mordt22George Ford rfh 4 8
rc Ben Ransom23Jonathan Joseph rc 1

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
04/05/13 Saracens 23 - 14 Bath Rugby
22/12/12 Bath Rugby 0 - 22 Saracens
08/01/12 Saracens 26 - 19 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
14/09/13 Bath Rugby 27 - 20 Leicester Tigers
06/09/13 Newcastle Falcons 0 - 21 Bath Rugby
04/05/13 Saracens 23 - 14 Bath Rugby

Saracens form guide

Date Home Score Away
15/09/13 Saracens 44 - 12 Gloucester Rugby
07/09/13 London Irish 20 - 42 Saracens
12/05/13 Saracens 13 - 27 Northampton Saints

Bath dangermen

Tries Jonathan Joseph 5
Points George Ford 84
Conversions George Ford 18
Minutes Semesa Rokoduguni 480

Saracens dangermen

Tries David Strettle 3
Points Charlie Hodgson 65
Conversions Charlie Hodgson 9
Minutes Jamie George 461