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Bordeaux Begles

Bordeaux Begles 6 v 15 Bath Rugby

12 October 2013, KO 20:00

Stade Chaban-Delmas
Amlin Cup

Bath Rugby

11 October 2013, 11:57am

Louw returns to captain Bath Rugby in Bordeaux

Fresh from his efforts with the Springboks in the Rugby Championship, openside flanker Francois Louw captains Bath Rugby in their opening Amlin Challenge Cup clash against Bordeaux-Bègles at Stade Chaban-Delmas, kick-off 20.00 (GMT).

In his first match for the Club this season, Louw leads a team showing six changes to the side that started against Sale Sharks last weekend.

In light of injuries in the second row, Matt Garvey moves up from blindside to wear the number four jersey, partnering Will Spencer. Alafoti Fa'osiliva fills the number six spot, while number eight Carl Fearns joins Louw in making his first start for the first team this season. In the front row, Anthony Perenise starts at loosehead, with Ross Batty at hooker and David Wilson at tighthead.

Scrum-half Martin Roberts and fly-half George Ford provide speed and guile at halfback, with Ben Williams and Jonathan Joseph combining in the midfield for the first time this season. The back three of Gavin Henson, Semesa Rokoduguni and Tom Biggs poses an attacking threat from deep.

Second row Ryan Caldwell is among the replacements, having successfully battled back from injuries that have kept him out of action for a lengthy period. He joins returning Pumas Eusebio Guinazu (hooker) and Juan Pablo Orlandi (prop), also newly-returned from the Rugby Championship, who make up the front row substitutes with loosehead Paul James. Will Skuse provides cover in the back row.

The replacement backs include European rugby stalwart Peter Stringer at scrum-half, England U20 Junior World Championship-winning fullback Ollie Devoto and Scotland international fly-half Tom Heathcote.

Bath Rugby team to face Bordeaux-Bègles

15 Gavin Henson

14 Semesa Rokoduguni

13 Jonathan Joseph

12 Ben Williams

11 Tom Biggs

10 George Ford

9 Martin Roberts

8 Carl Fearns

7 Francois Louw (c)

6 Alafoti Fa'osiliva

5 Will Spencer

4 Matt Garvey

3 David Wilson

2 Ross Batty

1 Anthony Perenise


16 Eusebio Guinazu

17 Paul James

18 Juan Pablo Orlandi

19 Ryan Caldwell

20 Will Skuse

21 Peter Stringer

22 Ollie Devoto

23 Tom Heathcote


12 October 2013
Kickoff: 20:00
Stade Chaban-Delmas

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bordeaux Begles


Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Darly Domvo15Gavin Henson FB
W Rafael Carballo14Semesa Rokoduguni W 2
C Felix Le Bourhis13Jonathan Joseph C 2
C Charles Brousse12Ben Williams C
W Blair Connor11Tom Biggs W
FH Romain Lonca10George Ford FH 1 9 15
2 SH Manu Saubusse9Martin Roberts SH
P Jefferson Poirot1Anthony Perenise P 1
H Benat Auzqui2Ross Batty H
P Silviu Florea3Dave Wilson P
L Cameron Treloar4Matthew Garvey L
L Adam Jaulhac5Will Spencer L
FL Gautier Gibouin6Alafoti Faosiliva FL
FL Poutasi Luafutu7Francois Louw FL
8 Taiasina Tuifua8Carl Fearns 8


rh Clement Maynadier16Eusebio Guinazu rh
rp Laurent DelBoulbes17Paul James rp
rp Patrick-Albert Toetu18Juan Pablo Orlandi rp
r8 Jan Andre Marais19Ryan Caldwell r8
rfl Marco Tauleigne20Will Skuse rfl
rsh Nicolas Sanchez21Peter Stringer rsh
rfh Gilen Queheille22Ollie Devoto rfh
rc Jean Baptiste Lamotte23Tom Heathcote rc 1

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
04/10/13 Sale Sharks 19 - 13 Bath Rugby
28/09/13 Bath Rugby 33 - 18 London Irish
22/09/13 Saracens 31 - 17 Bath Rugby

Bordeaux Begles form guide

Date Home Score Away
19/01/13 London Irish 17 - 7 Bordeaux Begles
11/01/13 Bordeaux Begles 26 - 31 Gloucester Rugby
14/12/12 Mont de Marsan 18 - 7 Bordeaux Begles

Bath dangermen

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

Bordeaux Begles dangermen

Tries Robert Lilomaiava 3
Points Nicolas Sanchez 34
Conversions Baptiste Serin 5
Minutes Cameron Treloar 480