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Saracens

Saracens 23 v 14 Bath Rugby

4 May 2013, KO 14:30

Allianz Park
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

3 May 2013, 11:59am

Same again for Bath Rugby for final game of the season

Bath Rugby have made no changes to the starting line-up that secured a bonus point victory over Leicester Tigers in their last outing as they prepare to face Saracens in Round 22 of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday, kick-off 14.30.

All Black Stephen Donald partners Springbok Michael Claassens in the half-backs, as the two make their final appearances in the Blue, Black and White.

Try-scorers from the Leicester game, Semesa Rokoduguni and Horacio Agulla, start out wide on the wings, with Kyle Eastmond and Ben Williams continuing to build their centre partnership in the midfield. Rising England Under 20s star Ollie Devoto, who has recently signed on for more time with the Bath Academy, remains at fullback.

Springbok Francois Louw captains the team from the blindside flank with Guy Mercer, who it was announced this week has extended his contract at Bath, on the openside. The hugely experienced Scotland international and British and Irish Lion Simon Taylor has his last outing for the Club from the base of the scrum.

Dominic Day and Dave Attwood provide power in a highly effective second-row combination, whilst the international trio of Paul James, Rob Webber and David Wilson scrum down in the front row.

Bath Rugby team to face Saracens

15. Ollie Devoto
14. Horacio Agulla
13. Ben Williams
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Semesa Rokoduguni
10. Stephen Donald
9. Michael Claassens
1. Paul James
2. Rob Webber
3. David Wilson
4. Dominic Day
5. Dave Attwood
6. Francois Louw ( c )
7. Guy Mercer
8. Simon Taylor

Replacements

16. Ross Batty
17. Nathan Catt
18. Anthony Perenise
19. Will Spencer
20. Mat Gilbert
21. Nick Koster
22. Peter Stringer
23. Tom Biggs

Overview

4 May 2013
Ground open: 12.30
Kickoff: 14:30
Allianz Park

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image

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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
2 FB Chris Wyles15Ollie Devoto FB 1 1 1
6 W Chris Ashton14Horacio Agulla W 12
4 C Joel Tomkins13Ben Williams C 1
36 7 1 C Owen Farrell12Kyle Eastmond C 5
8 W David Strettle11Semesa Rokoduguni W 6
51 22 3 FH Charlie Hodgson10Tom Heathcote FH 32 31
SH Neil de Kock9Michael Claassens SH 5
3 P Mako Vunipola1Paul James P 1
1 H Schalk Brits2Robert Webber H 2
1 P Matt Stevens3Dave Wilson P 1
L Steve Borthwick4Dominic Day L 1
1 L Alistair Hargreaves5Dave Attwood L 1
FL Kelly Brown6Francois Louw FL 4
1 FL Andy Saull7Guy Mercer FL 1
1 8 Jackson Wray8Simon Taylor 8 1

Replacements

1 rh John Smit16Ross Batty rh 1
rp Rhys Gill17Nathan Catt rp 1
1 rp Carlos Nieto18Anthony Perenise rp 1
r8 Mouritz Botha19Will Spencer r8 1
rfl George Kruis20Mathew Gilbert rfl
2 rsh Richard Wigglesworth21Nick Koster rsh 2
1 rfh Duncan Taylor22Peter Stringer rfh 3
1 rc Joe Maddock23Tom Biggs rc 5

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
22/12/12 Bath Rugby 0 - 22 Saracens
08/01/12 Saracens 26 - 19 Bath Rugby
10/09/11 Bath Rugby 26 - 28 Saracens

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
20/04/13 Bath Rugby 27 - 26 Leicester Tigers
13/04/13 Harlequins 23 - 9 Bath Rugby
06/04/13 Bath Rugby 20 - 36 Stade Francais

Saracens form guide

Date Home Score Away
20/04/13 Gloucester Rugby 28 - 23 Saracens
14/04/13 Saracens 47 - 17 Worcester Warriors
30/03/13 London Wasps 13 - 22 Saracens

Bath dangermen

Tries Jonathan Joseph 6
Points George Ford 84
Conversions George Ford 18
Minutes Leroy Houston 710

Saracens dangermen

Tries Chris Wyles 4
Points Charlie Hodgson 95
Conversions Charlie Hodgson 9
Minutes Jamie George 621