Bath Rugby V Sale Sharks
John Connolly's side come into the fixture on the back of four consecutive wins in the competition and are in good form at present in the domestic competitions. However, it is still an injury ravaged side that makes the journey north to face a Sale side that is at full strength following the return of internationals Cueto, Robinson, Hodgson, Titterell and Bruno.
"They have a great depth of international players," said Head Coach Connolly yesterday. "They have two international loose heads, two international hookers, two international fly halves and an international back three. That's not bad."
BATH RUGBY: 15 MATT PERRY, 14 ANDY HIGGINS, 13 FRIKKIE WELSH, 12 OLLY BARKLEY, 11 BRENDON DANIEL, 10 CHRIS MALONE, 9 NICK WALSHE 1 DAVID BARNES, 2 JONATHAN HUMPHREYS (CAPT), 3 DUNCAN BELL, 4 STEVE BORTHWICK, 5 DANNY GREWCOCK, 6 ANDY BEATTIE, 7 MICHAEL LIPMAN, 8 ZAK FEAUNATI
REPLACEMENTS:16 LEE MEARS, 17 MATT STEVENS, 18 ROB FIDLER, 19 JAMES SCAYSBROOK, 20 ANDY WILLIAMS, 21 RYAN DAVIS, 22 JOE MADDOCK
SALE SHARKS: Jason Robinson, Mark Cueto, Jos Baxendell, Robert Todd, Steve Hanley, Charlie Hodgson, Sililo Martens, Andrew Sheridan, Sebastien Bruno, Barry Stewart, Dean Schofield, Chris Day, Jason White, John Carter, Sebastien Chabal.
Replacements From: Andy Titterrell, Stuart Turner, Johnny Roddam, Chris Jones, Peter Anglesea, Richard Wigglesworth, Mike Hercus, Chris Rhys Jones and Chris Mayor.