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Posted Friday, May 7th 2021

Match preview: Bath Rugby (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the round 18 Gallagher Premiership clash with Bath at The Rec.


BATH RUGBY LINEUP

15. Tom de Glanville, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Max Clark, 12. Cameron Redpath, 11. Will Muir, 10. Orlando Bailey, 9. Ben Spencer; 1. Juan Schoeman, 2. Tom Dunn, 3. Will Stuart, 4. Josh McNally (c), 5. Elliott Stooke 6. Josh Bayliss, 7. Miles Reid, 8. Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: 16. Jacques du Toit, 17. Jamie Bhatti, 18. Christian Judge, 19. Charlie Ewels, 20. Tom Ellis, 21. Will Chudley, 22. Rhys Priestland, 23. Alex Gray.

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' Gallagher Premiership Round 18 clash with Bath at The Rec is on Saturday, May 8th, with kick-off at 4.30pm (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

Bath Rugby have lost two of their last three Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches, both away from home, at London Irish and at Wasps. Bath have lost only once at the Recreation Ground in Premiership Rugby since February, 16-38 to Exeter on March 6th.

Bristol Bears six game winning run in Gallagher Premiership Rugby ended with their 12-20 reversal at home to Exeter in Round 17.

Bristol have not lost successive regular season Premiership Rugby matches since last August. The Bears have lost only once away from home in Premiership Rugby this season, at Wasps in Round One.

Bristol have lost only one of their last six fixtures against Bath: 19-26 in ‘The Clash’ at Twickenham in April 2019. Bristol beat Bath 19-13 on their most recent visit to the Rec in March 2020, their first victory at the venue since 2006.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Luke Pearce (112th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Adam Leal & Jonathan Healy. TMO: Rowan Kitt. Citing Officer: Budge Pountney.


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