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Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 16 v 6 Exeter Chiefs

26 January 2013, KO 14:15

Recreation Ground
LV= Cup

Exeter Chiefs

25 January 2013, 11:57am

Webber to make Bath Rugby debut

England international Rob Webber will make his debut for Bath Rugby as they welcome Exeter Chiefs to the Recreation Ground on Saturday for the third pool match of the LV= Cup, kick-off 14.15.

Webber, who joined the Club in pre-season, will link up with Charlie Beech and Anthony Perenise in the front row. Stuart Hooper captains the side, with Dave Attwood partnering him in the second row.

Speaking earlier this week, Rob explained how much he is looking forward to his first run out in Bath colours.

"I arrived here thinking my shoulder was all recovered, and was in the full swing of pre-season, then a week or two before the pre-season games it reared its ugly head again and a couple of scans revealed it hadn't healed properly. I had to have the operation done again, which meant I missed the season up until now. It's been a long slog, lots of individual weights and rehab and work with the conditioning guys, who, along with the medics, have been great. It was a bit of a lonely existence really so it's fantastic to have been back involved with the lads the last few weeks.

"I'm chuffed to bits to be getting my first start. Bit nervous after such a long time out, but I just need to get amongst it, do the basics well and build game by game to get back to the standards I expect of myself."

There's also an exciting debutant in the back row, with Mat Gilbert coming onto the openside flank for his first appearance for the Club. Ben Skirving also returns at number 8, with Nick Koster shifting to the blindside.

Fly-half Tom Heathcote returns from training with Scotland to partner Mark McMillan in the half-backs, with young flyers Olly Woodburn and Richard Lane on the wings. The bulldozing duo of Ben Williams and Matt Banahan combine in the centres, with Bucharest hat-trick hero Jack Cuthbert starting at fullback once more.

On the bench, Ireland's most capped scrum-half Peter Stringer is in line to make his debut in a Bath jersey, with both Ross Batty and Semesa Rokoduguni returning to the matchday squad.

There are still a handful of tickets left for this crucial LV= Cup clash - call 0844 448 1865 or pop in to the Ticket Office in person to book yours today and join us for a cracking game and a cracking day out all rolled into one!

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

15 Jack Cuthbert

14 Richard Lane

13 Matt Banahan

12 Ben Williams

11 Olly Woodburn

10 Tom Heathcote

9 Mark McMillan

1 Charlie Beech

2 Rob Webber

3 Anthony Perenise

4 Stuart Hooper ( c )

5 Dave Attwood

6 Nick Koster

7 Mat Gilbert

8 Ben Skirving

Replacements

16 Ross Batty

17 Nathan Catt

18 Kane Palma-Newport

19 Will Spencer

20 Will Skuse

21 Peter Stringer

22 Sam Vesty

23 Semesa Rokoduguni

Overview

26 January 2013
Ground open: 12.15
Kickoff: 14:15
The Recreation Ground »

Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half

Bath Rugby

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Exeter Chiefs

P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
FB Jack Cuthbert15Jack Nowell FB 3
W Richard Lane14Watisoni Votu W 2
2 C Matthew Banahan13Nicholas Sestaret C 2
1 C Ben Williams12Sam Hill C
1 W Olly Woodburn11Josh Tatupu W
9 6 FH Tom Heathcote10Henry Slade FH 5 7
SH Mark McMillan9Will Chudley SH
P Charlie Beech1Carl Rimmer P
1 H Robert Webber2Luke Cowan-Dickie H
P Anthony Perenise3Craig Mitchell P
L Stuart Hooper4Will Carrick-Smith L 2
L Dave Attwood5Damian Welch L
FL Nick Koster6Joel Conlon FL
1 FL Mathew Gilbert7Ben White FL 3
1 8 Ben Skirving8Kai Horstmann 8

Replacements

rh Ross Batty16Jack Yeandle rh
rp Nathan Catt17Chris Budgen rp 2
rp Kane Palma-Newport18Alex Brown rp
r8 Will Spencer19Justin Blanchet r8
rfl Will Skuse20Sam Simmonds rfl
3 rsh Peter Stringer21Junior Poluleuligaga rsh
1 2 rfh Sam Vesty22Myles Dorrian rfh 1
3 rc Semesa Rokoduguni23Mark Foster rc 1

Previous meetings

Date Home Score Away
29/12/12 Exeter Chiefs 12 - 12 Bath Rugby
27/10/12 Bath Rugby 23 - 15 Exeter Chiefs
25/02/12 Exeter Chiefs 9 - 12 Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby form guide

Date Home Score Away
19/01/13 Bath Rugby 53 - 8 Romania Bucuresti
12/01/13 Bath Rugby 19 - 16 Agen
06/01/13 London Wasps 29 - 15 Bath Rugby

Exeter Chiefs form guide

Date Home Score Away
05/01/13 Exeter Chiefs 19 - 30 Northampton Saints
29/12/12 Exeter Chiefs 12 - 12 Bath Rugby
22/12/12 Gloucester Rugby 18 - 16 Exeter Chiefs

Bath dangermen

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

Exeter dangermen

Tries Thomas Waldrom 4
Points Gareth Steenson 79
Conversions Gareth Steenson 17
Minutes Henry Slade 480