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Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints 25 v 23 Bath Rugby

23 February 2013, KO 15:00

Franklin's Gardens
AVIVA Premiership

Bath Rugby

22 February 2013, 11:56am

Webber to captain Bath Rugby

England hooker Rob Webber has been chosen to captain Bath Rugby for the first time as they prepare to face Northampton Saints on Saturday in the Aviva Premiership at Franklin's Gardens, kick-off 15.00.

Webber, who spent the first half of the season injured, has quickly established himself in the Bath team with performances full of aggression in the loose and accuracy in the tight. He will be joined in the front row by Charlie Beech and Anthony Perenise, while the powerful lock partnership of Dominic Day and Dave Attwood is set to continue as Stuart Hooper nurses a sore neck and Ryan Caldwell recovers from a hip operation. With Francois Louw also out of action, Mat Gilbert slots into the back row with Carl Fearns and Ben Skirving.

Tom Heathcote, who has spent the week training with Scotland, comes into the fly-half berth in place of the injured Stephen Donald and partners the experienced Peter Stringer in the half-backs.

The rest of the back-line is unchanged from that which beat London Irish at the Rec last weekend. Nick Abendanon provides security and excitement at fullback, with Horacio Agulla and Tom Biggs outside him on the wings. Kyle Eastmond and Matt Banahan continue developing their centre partnership, with the former league man again selected in the inside centre channel.

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Bath Rugby team to face Northampton Saints:

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Horacio Agulla

13. Matt Banahan

12. Kyle Eastmond

11. Tom Biggs

10. Tom Heathcote

9. Peter Stringer

1. Charlie Beech

2. Rob Webber (c)

3. Anthony Perenise

4. Dominic Day

5. Dave Attwood

6. Carl Fearns

7. Mat Gilbert

8. Ben Skirving


16. Ross Batty

17. Nathan Catt

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Will Spencer

20. Nick Koster

21. Michael Claassens

22. Sam Vesty

23. Semesa Rokoduguni


23 February 2013
Kickoff: 15:00
Franklin's Gardens

Bath Rugby Lineup
Player image


Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Northampton Saints


Bath Rugby

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Ben Foden15Nick Abendanon FB 4
2 W James Wilson14Horacio Agulla W 8
2 C George Pisi13Semesa Rokoduguni C 4
1 2 C Tom May12Kyle Eastmond C 4
4 W Jamie Elliott11Tom Biggs W 4
35 15 FH Stephen Myler10Tom Heathcote FH 23 20
2 SH Lee Dickson9Peter Stringer SH 3
2 P Soane Tonga'uiha1Charlie Beech P
1 H Mike Haywood2Robert Webber H 1
P Tom Mercey3Anthony Perenise P 1
1 L Samu Manoa4Dominic Day L 1
L Mark Sorenson5Dave Attwood L 1
5 FL Phil Dowson6Carl Fearns FL
FL Ben Nutley7Mathew Gilbert FL
1 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze8Ben Skirving 8 1


rh Ross McMillan16Ross Batty rh 1
2 rp Alex Waller17Nathan Catt rp 1
rp Paul Doran-Jones18Kane Palma-Newport rp 2
r8 James Craig19Will Spencer r8 1
rfl Rhys Oakley20Nick Koster rfl 2
rsh Martin Roberts21Michael Claassens rsh 3
22 4 12 rfh Ryan Lamb22Sam Vesty rfh 1 6 4
rc Dominic Waldouck23Jack Cuthbert rc 4

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
14/09/12 Bath Rugby 14 - 18 Northampton Saints
31/03/12 Bath Rugby 6 - 26 Northampton Saints
28/01/12 Bath Rugby 46 - 14 Northampton Saints

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
16/02/13 Bath Rugby 40 - 16 London Irish
09/02/13 Bath Rugby 32 - 9 Worcester Warriors
02/02/13 Gloucester Rugby 5 - 32 Bath Rugby

Northampton Saints form guide

Date Home Score Away
16/02/13 Worcester Warriors 18 - 27 Northampton Saints
09/02/13 Northampton Saints 11 - 27 Gloucester Rugby
02/02/13 Exeter Chiefs 28 - 19 Northampton Saints

Bath dangermen

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

Northampton dangermen

Tries Samu Manoa 8
Points Stephen Myler 238
Conversions Stephen Myler 45
Minutes Samu Manoa 1659