RECAP: Bath v Bristol Bears
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Premiership Round 12 encounter between Bath and Bristol Bears at the Recreation Ground.
Bath Rugby’s only defeat in the last six rounds of Premiership Rugby was 15-29 at Gloucester on 4 January. Bath have lost only once at the Recreation Ground since this weekend last year: 12-25 to Saracens in Premiership Rugby in November.
Bristol Bears have won their last three Premiership Rugby fixtures but have not won four in succession in the tournament since 2006/07. The Bears have won twice on the road in Premiership Rugby this season, at Exeter in round 4 and at Northampton in round 10.
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Bath: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Ruaridh McConnochie, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Francois Louw (captain), 6 Mike Williams, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Josh McNally, 3 Will Stuart, 2 Jack Walker, 1 Lewis Boyce
Replacements: 16 Tom Doughty, 17 Beno Obano, 18 Christian Judge, 19 Tom Ellis, 20 Josh Bayliss, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Max Wright
Bristol Bears: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Piers O’Conor, 12 Sam Bedlow, 11 Alapati Leiua, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Andy Uren, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Steven Luatua (captain), 6 Chris Vui, 5 Joe Joyce, 4 Ed Holmes, 3 Lewis Thiede, 2 Shaun Malton, 1 Yann Thomas
Replacements: 16 Will Capon, 17 Jake Woolmore, 18 Max Lahiff, 19 Nathan Hughes, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Harry Randall, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Mat Protheroe
Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant Referees: Jamie Leahy & Paul Dix.
TMO: Keith Lewis.