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London Irish

London Irish 12 v 13 Bath Rugby

29 October 2011, KO 14:30

Madejski Stadium
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

28 October 2011, 12:03pm

Hooper back to lead Bath Rugby

Club captain, Stuart Hooper will lead Bath Rugby tomorrow against London Irish, as he makes his first start since the game against Exeter Chiefs in September.

Hooper partners the returning Dave Attwood in the second row. Nathan Catt and Anthony Perenise scrum down on either side of the front row, with Lee Mears making his first start of the season at hooker.

Simon Taylor returns to the back row at number 8, with Ben Skirving shifting to the blindside, and Guy Mercer coming onto the openside.

Michael Claassens and Sam Vesty both return to the starting line-up, renewing their half-back partnership. In the back line, Matt Carraro partners Matt Banahan in the centre, Nick Abendanon reverts to full back and Tom Biggs lines up on the opposite wing to Olly Woodburn.

Bath Rugby team to face London Irish

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Olly Woodburn

13. Matt Carraro

12. Matt Banahan

11. Tom Biggs

10. Sam Vesty

9. Michael Claassens

1. Nathan Catt

2. Lee Mears

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Stuart Hooper (c)

5. Dave Attwood

6. Ben Skirving

7. Guy Mercer

8. Simon Taylor


16. Ross Batty

17. Charlie Beech

18. David Wilson

19. Ryan Caldwell

20. Andy Beattie

21. Chris Cook

22. Paul Roberts

23. Jack Cuthbert




29 October 2011
Kickoff: 14:30
Madejski Stadium

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image


Sam Vesty

Fly Half

London Irish


Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Delon Armitage15Nick Abendanon FB 2
4 W Topsy Ojo14Ollie Woodburn W 2
4 C Jonathan Joseph13Matthew Carraro C 3
C Shontayne Hape12Matthew Banahan C 2
32 15 1 W Tom Homer11Tom Biggs W 1
1 1 1 1 FH Dan Bowden10Sam Vesty FH 1 5 1 16
SH Darren Allinson9Michael Claassens SH
P Max Lahiff1Nathan Catt P 1
1 H David Paice2Lee Mears H
P Paulica Ion3Anthony Perenise P 1
1 L Nick Kennedy4Stuart Hooper L
L Bryn Evans5Dave Attwood L 2
FL Declan Danaher6Ben Skirving FL 1
FL Jamie Gibson7Guy Mercer FL 1
8 Richard Thorpe8Simon Taylor 8


rh James Buckland16Ross Batty rh
rp Alex Corbisiero17Charlie Beech rp
rp Faan Rautenbach18Dave Wilson rp
r8 James Sandford19Ryan Caldwell r8
rfl Jebb Sinclair20Andy Beattie rfl
3 rsh Adam Thompstone21Chris Cook rsh
3 1 2 rfh Steve Shingler22Paul Roberts rfh 1
rc Ross Samson23Jack Cuthbert rc 2

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
01/01/11 London Irish 24 - 25 Bath Rugby
11/09/10 Bath Rugby 20 - 13 London Irish

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
22/10/11 Bath Rugby 46 - 13 Worcester Warriors
15/10/11 Newport Gwent Dragons 16 - 46 Bath Rugby
09/10/11 London Wasps 27 - 24 Bath Rugby

London Irish form guide

Date Home Score Away
23/10/11 London Irish 39 - 23 Newcastle Falcons
15/10/11 Harlequins 26 - 19 London Irish
09/10/11 London Irish 42 - 24 Worcester Warriors

Bath dangermen

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

London Irish dangermen

Tries Alex Lewington 12
Points Shane Geraghty 164
Conversions Shane Geraghty 23
Minutes David Paice 1523