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Underhill:: Fit again.

By P G Tips
March 20 2019

Having kept the faith to defeat Saracens, Bath must next seek a miracle at Sandy Park. Beating Saracens may have restored some of their supporters’ faith but also helped extend Exeter’s lead at the top of the Premiership. Unbeaten in the League at home this season, the Chiefs seem destined to finish top or runners up. Bath, by contrast, have lost touch with the Playoff group and face a dogfight for top European qualification. For them to win at Sandy Park appears a tall order.  

Exeter welcome back 8 players from 6 Nations duty, have notched 11 try bonus points and boast a positive points difference of 158. Like Saracens, their close rivals for Premiership domination, their success is built on a clear identity, strong squad culture and simple game plan. In the past 4 seasons that plan has, if anything, become simpler while Saracens’ has developed in variety. Where Chiefs previously put their faith in invention and open play, seeking their bonus points out wide, they now rely on exerting pressure every bit as potent as their rivals’ “wolf pack”. The difference is that Exeter pressurise by dominating possession, a relentless series of mauls or pick- and –drives, eating up territory, forcing the opposition into retreat until an inevitable crack appears in the defence. With this style they minimise error, wear their opponents down and pile frustration on humiliation.

 

Chiefs men to watch could be Francis, Ewers, Dennis, Hill and Armand up front and Slade and Nowell behind – the latter two fresh from tearing first half holes in Scotland’s defence, reminiscent of Chiefs’ more romantic approach of 2 seasons ago. Such is the strength in depth of Baxter’s squad though that it is impossible to predict his selection, especially as they have been winning without many of their international stars. In truth they are spoilt for quality choice at front row, back row, halfback and in the threequarters.

 

To win at Sandy Park will require something special, but I expect Blackadder and his team to focus foremost on defence and possession. The Chiefs’ ruthless juggernaut can only succeed with the major share of clean possession. Bath must find ways to dominate their own set piece ball, disrupt their opponents’ and win turnovers. They will need to be especially cute at the breakdown where Exeter’s questionable rucking technique is yet to be called out. Law 15 states “Players must endeavour to remain on their feet throughout the ruck. and Players must not: Intentionally collapse a ruck or jump on top of it. 
”. Replacing “jump” with “drive” describes Exeter’s rucking in a nutshell.

To contest the breakdown, Bath will be heartened by the return of Francois Louw and Sam Underhill from injury. That news is balanced by continuing disappointment on the injury front- both Paul Grant and Josh Bayliss now out for the season, as is Jackson Willison who failed an HIA following an illegal clearout last time out against Saracens. Bath will probably opt for a lineup based on those who shut out Saracens, reinforced by returners from injury and internationals. That means continuing with Rhys Priestland at 10, although to make best use of Joe Cokanasiga and Ruaridh McConnochie, I hope to see Freddie Burns get some game time to try to unlock Chief’s defence.Anthony Watson is said to be recovering well and close to a return, but will he be risked or retained for the clash in April?

 

Exeter’s defence can be breached as Wasps, Quins, Northampton and Worcester have proven-all of them penetrating enough to snatch 4 tries. Tellingly though, the Chiefs were the away team for all those fixtures and, win or lose, each time gained a try bonus point of their own. Bath need as many league points as they can get, but must concentrate on winning – by whatever means works. Even that may take a miracle.

 

 

Possible Teams:
Bath:
Catt, Dunn, Thomas, Attwood, Stooke, Ellis, Louw, Mercer. Chudley (Capt.), Priestland, Cokanasiga, Roberts, Joseph, McConnochie. Homer.

Replacements:  Obano, Walker, Perenise, Ewels, Underhill. Cook, Burns, Wright.

 

Exeter Chiefs: Holmes, J Yeandle (Capt), Francis; D Dennis, J Hill, D Ewers, D Armand M Kvesic. White, Steenson. Woodburn, Devoto, Slade, Nowell. Dollman.

Replacements: Keast, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Skinner, Simmonds. Townsend, Simmonds, Cordero.

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2019:04:02:20:49:53 by P G Tips.

 
BathMatt53
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21/03/2019 16:50
In the other games of the weekend, I can't work out which results would be better for Bath?

- Leicester vs Saints (better for saints to win and keep Tigers a few points below us?)
- Glos vs Wasps (maybe better for Glos win as we need to keep Wasps below us rather than catching Glos?)
- Newcastle to win v Sale please
- Worcester to beat Bris please
- sarries vs quins doesn't really matter to us now I suspect.

[Adoptee 18/19: Man Mountain Dave Attwood, back in the BB&W and ready to smash]

 
ballsout
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21/03/2019 18:20
Quote:
BathMatt53
In the other games of the weekend, I can't work out which results would be better for Bath?
- Leicester vs Saints (better for saints to win and keep Tigers a few points below us?)
- Glos vs Wasps (maybe better for Glos win as we need to keep Wasps below us rather than catching Glos?)
- Newcastle to win v Sale please
- Worcester to beat Bris please
- sarries vs quins doesn't really matter to us now I suspect.

If Newcastle and Worcester win, then it sets up a trend where any of the bottom 6 will all be in with a chance of relegation, and we really donít want that with 5 away games out of 6 to come.

 
ade1865
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22/03/2019 11:40
Might put a rocket up their a4se tho BO.

 
P G Tips
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22/03/2019 11:57
Team up. Joe C returns.

Sam on bench.

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

15. Tom Homer

14. Joe Cokanasiga

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Jamie Roberts

11. Ruaridh McConnochie

10. Rhys Priestland

9. Will Chudley (c)

1. Nathan Catt

2. Tom Dunn

3. Henry Thomas

4. Elliott Stooke

5. Charlie Ewels

6. Tom Ellis

7. Francois Louw

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Jack Walker

17. Beno Obano

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Levi Douglas

20. Sam Underhill

21. Kahn Fotuali'i

22. Freddie Burns

23. Max Clark

P G Tips



Alex Davies: my adopted Player, 2018-19.

 
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22/03/2019 11:57
Team's Up:

Bath Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs

15. Tom Homer

14. Joe Cokanasiga

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Jamie Roberts

11. Ruaridh McConnochie

10. Rhys Priestland

9. Will Chudley (c)

1. Nathan Catt

2. Tom Dunn

3. Henry Thomas

4. Elliott Stooke

5. Charlie Ewels

6. Tom Ellis

7. Francois Louw

8. Zach Mercer

Replacements

16. Jack Walker

17. Beno Obano

18. Anthony Perenise

19. Levi Douglas

20. Sam Underhill

21. Kahn Fotuali'i

22. Freddie Burns

23. Max Clark

 
hantssabre
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22/03/2019 12:02
Burns on the bench again. Priestland must be staying!

 
BathMatt53
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22/03/2019 12:06
Team looks good. On paper.

[Adoptee 18/19: Man Mountain Dave Attwood, back in the BB&W and ready to smash]

 
wlatavg006
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22/03/2019 12:07
Good strong team, dry weather forecast, fast open game. Go Bath

 
Shadders
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22/03/2019 12:12
15 Santiago Cordero
14 Jack Nowell
13 Henry Slade
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Olly Woodburn
10 Gareth Steenson
9 Nic White
1 Alec Hepburn
2 Jack Yeandle (capt)
3 Harry Williams
4 Dave Dennis
5 Jonny Hill
6 Dave Ewers
7 Don Armand
8 Matt Kvesic

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie
17 Billy Keast
18 Tomas Francis
19 Mitch Lees
20 Sam Skinner
21 Jack Maunder
22 Joe Simmonds
23 Sam Hill

 
Shorty Shorty iiv
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22/03/2019 12:14
Quote:
Shadders
15 Santiago Cordero
14 Jack Nowell
13 Henry Slade
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Olly Woodburn
10 Gareth Steenson
9 Nic White
1 Alec Hepburn
2 Jack Yeandle (capt)
3 Harry Williams
4 Dave Dennis
5 Jonny Hill
6 Dave Ewers
7 Don Armand
8 Matt Kvesic

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie
17 Billy Keast
18 Tomas Francis
19 Mitch Lees
20 Sam Skinner
21 Jack Maunder
22 Joe Simmonds
23 Sam Hill

Ooph(Sm159)

 
sirtidychris
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22/03/2019 12:21
Started off seeing the bath team and thought..brilliant. Then i saw the Exeter team ! However this is still a very strong bath team and am excited by this, being a derby hopefully we will start with steam coming out of our nostrils and give them a real game

 
Beergoggles
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22/03/2019 12:25
Quote:
Shorty Shorty iiv
Quote:
Shadders
15 Santiago Cordero
14 Jack Nowell
13 Henry Slade
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Olly Woodburn
10 Gareth Steenson
9 Nic White
1 Alec Hepburn
2 Jack Yeandle (capt)
3 Harry Williams
4 Dave Dennis
5 Jonny Hill
6 Dave Ewers
7 Don Armand
8 Matt Kvesic

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie
17 Billy Keast
18 Tomas Francis
19 Mitch Lees
20 Sam Skinner
21 Jack Maunder
22 Joe Simmonds
23 Sam Hill

Ooph(Sm159)

Not sure why we should be hiding behind the sofa. Exeter are a very strong side but on paper at least we should be able to compete.

I'd take their 'winning habit and team ethic' over ours but not many of their players and certainly not their style of play

Bath by 2 points, C'mon !!!!!

 
BathMatt53
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22/03/2019 12:28
Head: Exe by 10
Heart: Bath by 3

I would not be disappointed with any league points out of this match tbh as it means that we will have either run them close or scored 4 and both are not easy away at the league leaders with their best available team out.

[Adoptee 18/19: Man Mountain Dave Attwood, back in the BB&W and ready to smash]

 
ilovebathtime
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22/03/2019 12:35
Quote:
Beergoggles
Quote:
Shorty Shorty iiv
Quote:
Shadders
15 Santiago Cordero
14 Jack Nowell
13 Henry Slade
12 Ollie Devoto
11 Olly Woodburn
10 Gareth Steenson
9 Nic White
1 Alec Hepburn
2 Jack Yeandle (capt)
3 Harry Williams
4 Dave Dennis
5 Jonny Hill
6 Dave Ewers
7 Don Armand
8 Matt Kvesic

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie
17 Billy Keast
18 Tomas Francis
19 Mitch Lees
20 Sam Skinner
21 Jack Maunder
22 Joe Simmonds
23 Sam Hill

Ooph(Sm159)

Not sure why we should be hiding behind the sofa. Exeter are a very strong side but on paper at least we should be able to compete.

I'd take their 'winning habit and team ethic' over ours but not many of their players and certainly not their style of play

Bath by 2 points, C'mon !!!!!

I completely agree, on paper their team is really not that great, certainly no stronger than most teams including us can put out. 2 of the players in that team we decided were surplus to requirement, and I wouldn't have back over what we have now. There are a few players I would love to have here, but no more than other teams bar Saracens. They are in the top 2 for a reason, and I think it has everything to do with coaching and having a game plan that is ideally suited to the players they have

 
DorsetBoy
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22/03/2019 12:46
Player for player there would be a lot of Bath players in a combined team, BUT, it's Exeter's collective that puts them comfortably ahead as a team.

They are much more than the sum of their parts.
We are somewhat less than the sum of ours.

Exeter by 15 unfortunately.

 
sid the seagull
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22/03/2019 12:51
Letís smash em!

PECK

 
gaz59
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22/03/2019 12:57
Hmm, if it is a close thing at 65 they have a consistently strong bench that will make for a very tough watch

 
B4thB4ck
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22/03/2019 13:02
I reckon the players are well motivated for these types of games, perhaps annoyingly more so than a wet Friday night in Newcastle or Worcester (no offence intended).

I can sort of understand that, local rivals at the top of the table, some big names of our own back fit.

I have a hunch we will be in the mix for this one, could even force a shock. My biggest doubt remains on the ability to close a game out, it wouldn't surprise me to be leading with 10 to go and concede a try to lose with a BP.

It would genuinely surprise me if we got a beating.

 
Mike the Taxi
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22/03/2019 13:14
We certainly seemed to be able to 'close a game out' at the end of the Sarries game.

 
gaz59
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22/03/2019 13:35
Don't think Sarries had such a clear advantage from the bench as Chiefs do - not saying we can't do it. Simply that it will be a very tough watch

 
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22/03/2019 13:47
Scraping past a 2nd string Sarries at home is totally different to competing with a near full strength Exeter away.

See little chance of even getting near a LBP.

Tom Dunn - Adopted player 2018/19

 
by
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22/03/2019 13:56
There isn't much between the two sides, if we can neutralise their scrum, keep the penalty count low and shackle Cordero in open field, it should be a close but winnable game.

COYB

 
sid the seagull
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22/03/2019 14:14
And not give them any line outs in our 22.

FLAP

 
BathMatt53
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22/03/2019 15:03
and score more points than them

[Adoptee 18/19: Man Mountain Dave Attwood, back in the BB&W and ready to smash]

 
miller8
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22/03/2019 15:08
and keep all our players on the pitch ...

 
southgate
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22/03/2019 17:57
Nice if the clear out was reffed correctly.

 
Barnoid
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22/03/2019 18:04
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Nice if the clear out was reffed correctly.

Speaking of which...

Referee: Karl Dickson (16th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Philip Watters & Jonathan Healy.
TMO: Keith Lewis.
Citing Officer: Nick Wood.

 
ballsout
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22/03/2019 18:41
Wrong thread



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Bath Supporter Jack

Re: Seeking a Miracle: Exeter v Bath. Team's Up!
22/03/2019 22:42
Bath will win........very strong team

 
BathMatt53
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23/03/2019 19:38
Quote:
BathMatt53
In the other games of the weekend, I can't work out which results would be better for Bath?
- Leicester vs Saints (better for saints to win and keep Tigers a few points below us?)
- Glos vs Wasps (maybe better for Glos win as we need to keep Wasps below us rather than catching Glos?)
- Newcastle to win v Sale please
- Worcester to beat Bris please
- sarries vs quins doesn't really matter to us now I suspect.

wish i had put an accumulator on these!

[Adoptee 18/19: Man Mountain Dave Attwood, back in the BB&W and ready to smash]

 
BaIIsout
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23/03/2019 22:13
Bath by 10. COYB!

 
Bath Hammer
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24/03/2019 05:35
I really think we have to win this match to make top 6. Our main rivals are Saints & Sharks. I reckon that both teams will win at least 3 more matches and Sale can do so even if they slip up against us. That means that disregarding bonus points we have to win 4 - most likely Wasps, Bristol & Leicester. The 4th doesnít have to be Exeter but we will need an amazing run in if not.

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