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Posted Thursday, January 28th 2021

Match preview: Bath (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the Gallagher Premiership West Country derby clash with Bath, in our Langley House Big Match Preview.


BATH RUGBY LINEUP

15. Tom de Glanville, 14. Ruaridh McConnochie, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Josh Matavesi, 11. Gabriel Hamer-Webb, 10. Rhys Priestland, 9. Ben Spencer; 1. Juan Schoeman, 2. Tom Dunn, 3. Christian Judge, 4. Josh McNally (c), 5. Elliott Stooke, 6. Josh Bayliss, 7. Miles Reid, 8. Zach Mercer 

Replacements: 16. Jack Walker, 17. Jamie Bhatti, 18. Henry Thomas, 19. Mike Williams, 20. Taulupe Faletau, 21. Will Chudley, 22. Cameron Redpath, 23. Joe Cokanasiga

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' round seven Gallagher Premiership clash with Bath is on Friday, January 29th, with kick-off at 7.45pm (UK).

In the UK, the game will be televised on BT Sport 1 HD and broadcast live on BBC Radio Bristol - and you can also follow all the action in our Matchday Centre on bristolbearsrugby.com and on Twitter: @BristolBears, whilst highlights will be available to watch from 10am the following day.

FORM GUIDE

Bristol Bears solitary defeat in their last seven encounters was 38-51 at home to Clermont in round one of the European Champions Cup. Bristol have lost only once at Ashton Gate in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since December 2019: 22-25 to Exeter Chiefs in August.

Bath Rugby’s most recent victory (excluding the walkover win over London Irish) was 33-17 at Worcester in Gallagher Premiership Rugby on December 5th. Bath have not been victorious at the Rec in the competition since beating Gloucester there in Round 21 last season.

Bristol’s only defeat in their last five fixtures against Bath was 19-26 in 'The Clash' at Twickenham in April 2019. Bath’s only previous victory at Ashton Gate in Premiership Rugby was in March 2008.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Wayne Barnes (233rd Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Anthony Woodthorpe & Luke Pearce. TMO: Tom Foley. Citing Officer: David Guyan.


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