Bath make two changes for Saracens

Having secured a European Challenge Cup Final last weekend, Bath Rugby will be looking to continue their winning streak in the Guinness Premiership when they face Saracens tomorrow at The Rec (kick off 6pm).


Making just two changes from last weekend’s squad, Joe Maddock returns to the fold on the wing, as Andrew Higgins slips onto the bench and Number 8 Daniel Browne takes the place of Chris Goodman.


Talking earlier this week about the impending challenge, Steve Meehan was confident that Bath have what it takes to take on the competition: “You have to have a plan in place to try and expose any potential weaknesses or areas that you believe you can make a good positive push through.


“We feel that we know the Saracens side reasonably well and we know our game very well, so if we can pull together at the weekend, we may come up with a performance like we saw last weekend against Sale.”


Zak Feaunati, who announced his retirement in the middle of this week, will be on the bench, but as an important member of the squad, he is bound to make an impact if brought on to the park.


“Zak is someone who has had a real influence on the squad,” said Meehan. “He is well thought of and well remembered by the supporters. He is one of our squad representatives and is one that the players have a high regard for and his opinion has really mattered.”


Reflecting upon the dangers from the Saracens, Meehan believes that Bath must not lose focus and remain on top of the game: “Saracens have not had the greatest run of late, but that doesn’t mean that they do not pose a threat. If anything, they could come out and surprise everybody, simply by their approach and by their enthusiasm.


“I expect some of their younger players to be involved and some of their players who weren’t involved last week, who we know very well. So they will come out with fresh legs and I am sure they will want to impress. If they take that approach, and things click, they will be very dangerous – so it’s a concern for us, we have to be on our game!”


The Bath Rugby’s squad facing Saracens is :


15. Nick Abendanon
14. Joe Maddock
13. Alex Crockett
12. Olly Barkley
11. Matt Banahan
10. Butch James
9. Michael Claassens
1. David Barnes
2. Lee Mears
3. Matt Stevens
4. Steve Borthwick (c)
5. Danny Grewcock
6. Jonny Faamatuainu
7. Michael Lipman
8. Daniel Browne


16. Pieter Dixon
17. Duncan Bell
18. Peter Short
19. Zak Feaunati
20. Nick Walshe
21. Shaun Berne
22. Andrew Higgins

 

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