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Harlequins vs Bath Anglo Welsh LV= Cup preview


Harlequins host Bath at the Twickenham Stoop

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Article Published: Friday 16 November 2012


A mix of youth and experience will run out for Bath Rugby at the Twickenham Stoop as they take on Harlequins in Round Two of the LV= Cup.

Lee Mears will captain the side at hooker, with Charlie Beech and Anthony Perenise either side of him in the front row. Dominic Day and Dave Attwood renew their second-row partnership, whilst Academy back-row Will Skuse and Guy Mercer are joined by Simon Taylor at the back of the scrum.

Academy scrum-half Chris Cook forges a new half-back partnership with Stephen Donald as Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond come back onto the wings. Ben Williams starts at inside centre with Matt Banahan moving to the outside centre berth, as 19 year old Ollie Devoto lines-up at fullback.

Double try-scorer against Newport Gwent Dragons Semesa Rokoduguni is named amongst the replacements, as is young fly-half Tom Heathcote who added 21 points from the boot in the 36-15 victory at the Recreation Ground.

Also on the bench is prop Alan Cotter, on loan from Munster, and Michael Claassens, who is in line to make his 150th appearance in the Bath jersey if hes called upon.

Meanwhile, there are four Harlequins changes to the starting line-up that defeated Northampton Saints, Tom Williams is named at full-back, while Jordan Turner-Hall and George Lowe return from knee and ankle injuries respectively to partner in the centres.

In the forwards, one change is made in the front row as hooker Joe Gray starts. Open side flanker Luke Wallace retains the captaincy.

Tom Casson is named among the replacements after recovering from a head injury picked up during the Gloucester fixture.

Harlequins

15. Tom Williams , 14. Seb Stegmann , 13. George Lowe , 12. Jordan Turner-Hall , 11. Sam Smith , 10. Ben Botica , 9. Karl Dickson , 8. Tom Guest , 7. Luke Wallace (C) , 6. Joe Trayfoot , 5. Charlie Matthews, 4. Pete Browne , 3. Will Collier , 2. Joe Gray, 1. Mark Lambert

Replacements : 16. Rob Buchanan , 17. Darryl Marfo , 18. Kyle Sinckler , 19. Sam Twomey , 20. Jack Clifford , 21. Ollie Lindsay-Hague , 22. Louis Grimoldby , 23. Tom Casson ,

Bath

15 Ollie Devoto,14 Kyle Eastmond,13 Matt Banahan,12 Ben Williams,11 Tom Biggs,10 Stephen Donald,9 Chris Cook,1 Charlie Beech,2 Lee Mears ( c ),3 Anthony Perenise,4 Dominic Day,5 Dave Attwood,6 Will Skuse,7 Guy Mercer,8 Simon Taylor

Replacements: 16 Brett Sharman,17 Alan Cotter,18 Kane Palma-Newport,19 Ryan Caldwell,20 Josh Ovens,21 Michael Claassens,22 Tom Heathcote,23 Semesa Rokoduguni

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