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Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons 0 v 21 Bath Rugby

6 September 2013, KO 19:45

Kingston Park
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

5 September 2013, 11:57am

Five debutants in starting line-up for Bath Rugby

Five of Bath Rugby's summer signings will make competitive debuts tomorrow night as the team face Newcastle Falcons in the opening game of the 2013/14 Aviva Premiership Season at Kingston Park, kick-off 19.45.

Whilst all have featured in the Club's pre-season games, this will be the first time that George Ford, Matt Garvey, Leroy Houston, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson will pull on the Blue, Black and White hoops for real.

Ford links up with Peter Stringer in the half-backs, whilst Jonathan Joseph takes his place at outside centre, combining with Kyle Eastmond to make for an exciting mix in midfield. Matt Banahan and Semesa Rokoduguni provide pace and power out wide on the wings, with the dynamic young Watson named at fullback.

Garvey and Houston join forces in the back-row, on the blindside and at number 8 respectively, with Mat Gilbert on the openside. The all-international front-row of Paul James, Rob Webber and David Wilson will look to continue their impressive pre-season form, as Stuart Hooper and Dave Attwood provide the grunt in the engine room.

Bath Rugby team to face Newcastle Falcons

15. Anthony Watson

14. Semesa Rokoduguni

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Kyle Eastmond

11. Matt Banahan

10. George Ford

9. Peter Stringer

1. Paul James

2. Rob Webber

3. David Wilson

4. Stuart Hooper ( c )

5. Dave Attwood

6. Matt Garvey

7. Mat Gilbert

8. Leroy Houston

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Nathan Catt

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Dominic Day

20. Alafoti Fa'osiliva

21. Micky Young

22. Gavin Henson

23. Tom Biggs

Overview

6 September 2013
Kickoff: 19:45
Kingston Park

Bath Rugby Lineup
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10

Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Newcastle Falcons

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Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Alex Tait15Anthony Watson FB
W Noah Cato14Semesa Rokoduguni W 1
C Danny Barnes13Jonathan Joseph C 1
C Jamie Helleur12Kyle Eastmond C
W Tom Catterick11Matthew Banahan W 1
4 FH Phil Godman10George Ford FH 4 8
SH Mike Blair9Peter Stringer SH
P Franck Montanella1Paul James P
H Rob Vickers2Robert Webber H
P Kieran Brookes3Dave Wilson P
L Carlo Del Fava4Stuart Hooper L
L Scott MacLeod5Dave Attwood L 1
FL Dominic Barrow6Matthew Garvey FL
FL Andy Saull7Mathew Gilbert FL
8 Allister Hogg8Leroy Houston 8

Replacements

rh George McGuigan16Ross Batty rh
rp Gary Strain17Nathan Catt rp
rp Scott Wilson18Anthony Perenise rp 1
r8 Mark Wilson19Dominic Day r8
rfl Chris York20Alafoti Faosiliva rfl
rsh Warren Fury21Micky Young rsh
rfh Joel Hodgson22Gavin Henson rfh
rc Adam Powell23Tom Biggs rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
11/02/12 Bath Rugby 30 - 24 Newcastle Falcons
03/09/11 Newcastle Falcons 9 - 22 Bath Rugby
07/05/11 Bath Rugby 42 - 12 Newcastle Falcons

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
04/05/13 Saracens 23 - 14 Bath Rugby
20/04/13 Bath Rugby 27 - 26 Leicester Tigers
13/04/13 Harlequins 23 - 9 Bath Rugby

Newcastle Falcons form guide

Date Home Score Away
05/05/12 London Wasps 10 - 14 Newcastle Falcons
20/04/12 Newcastle Falcons 3 - 9 Saracens
14/04/12 Gloucester Rugby 20 - 29 Newcastle Falcons

Bath dangermen

Tries Matthew Banahan 9
Points George Ford 336
Conversions George Ford 52
Minutes George Ford 2089

Newcastle dangermen

Tries Noah Cato 8
Points Rory Clegg 118
Conversions Joel Hodgson 11
Minutes Noah Cato 2080