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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 46 v 14 Northampton Saints

28 January 2012, KO 14:30

Recreation Ground
LV= Cup

Northampton Saints

27 January 2012, 11:57am

Hooper returns to lead Bath Rugby

Club captain Stuart Hooper returns to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for Saturday's LV= Cup game against Northampton Saints, kick-off 2.30pm.

Hooper comes back to partner Ryan Caldwell in the second row, with Ben Skirving, Francois Louw and Simon Taylor combining in the back row. Ross Batty starts at hooker, with David Flatman and Anthony Perenise packing down either side of him in the front row.

Michael Claassens partners Stephen Donald in the half-backs once more, with Tom Biggs and Olly Woodburn taking their places on the wings. Olly Barkley and Sam Vesty form a new centre pairing, and Nick Abendanon completes the line-up at full-back.

Both sides sit at the top of their pools going into the game, with maximum points being taken in their respective first two fixtures, and will be determined to get one step closer to securing a semi-final place tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking before the game, Director of Rugby, Sir Ian McGeechan said: "We're looking forward to what we know will be a tough challenge for us, against a strong Northampton Saints squad."

Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Olly Woodburn

13. Sam Vesty

12. Olly Barkley

11. Tom Biggs

10. Stephen Donald

9. Michael Claassens

1. David Flatman

2. Ross Batty

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Stuart Hooper (c)

5. Ryan Caldwell

6. Ben Skirving

7. Francois Louw

8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Lee Mears

17. Charlie Beech

18. Duncan Bell

19. Will Spencer

20. Guy Mercer

21. Chris Cook

22. Tom Heathcote

23. Nick Scott

Overview

28 January 2012
Ground open: 12.30
Kickoff: 14:30
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 Abendanon15Paul Diggin FB 1
4 W Ollie Woodburn14Jamie Elliott W 5
18 1 6 1 C Sam Vesty13Scott Armstrong C 2
17 13 C Olly Barkley12Greig Tonks C 2
2 W Tom Biggs11Vasily Artemyev W 7
7 4 3 FH Stephen Donald10Stephen Myler FH 17 25
2 SH Michael Claassens9Martin Roberts SH 1
1 P David Flatman1Alex Waller P 1
1 H Ross Batty2Brett Sharman H
3 P Anthony Perenise3Tom Mercey P
L Stuart Hooper4Mark Sorenson L 1
2 L Ryan Caldwell5Chris Day L
2 FL Ben Skirving6James Craig FL
2 FL Francois Louw7Ben Nutley FL
8 Simon Taylor8Samu Manoa 8 1

Replacements

rh Lee Mears16Andy Long rh
2 rp Charlie Beech17Soane Tongauiha rp 3
rp Duncan Bell18Brian Mujati rp 1
1 r8 Will Spencer19Roger Wilson r8 1
1 rfl Guy Mercer20James Ingle rfl
rsh Chris Cook21Ryan Glynn rsh
17 11 1 rfh Tom Heathcote22Tom May rfh 4
rc Nick Scott23Noah Cato rc

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
24/12/11 Northampton Saints 22 - 13 Bath Rugby
19/02/11 Bath Rugby 38 - 8 Northampton Saints
17/09/10 Northampton Saints 31 - 10 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
21/01/12 Bath Rugby 23 - 18 Glasgow Warriors
14/01/12 Montpellier 24 - 22 Bath Rugby
08/01/12 Saracens 26 - 19 Bath Rugby

Northampton Saints form guide

Date Home Score Away
21/01/12 Northampton Saints 36 - 51 Munster
14/01/12 Scarlets 17 - 29 Northampton Saints
06/01/12 Northampton Saints 24 - 3 Harlequins

Bath dangermen

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

Northampton dangermen

Tries George North 4
Points Stephen Myler 58
Conversions Stephen Myler 14
Minutes Luther Burrell 480