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Scary Start? Exeter Chiefs v Bath


Ellis: top of game?

By P G Tips
September 17 2019

Bath could hardly have a tougher start to the season than Saturday’s trip to Sandy Park. This may be a tie in a minor competition to keep domestic rugby in fans minds during the opening rounds of the World Cup, and neither side will be at full strength, but Bath’s record away to Exeter has been poor for some years. Stuart Hooper has already said that the club will treat the Premiership Rugby Club like the pre season friendlies of previous years.  The result though will still matter.  

This will be the first test of the Hooper playing philosophy, so a strong showing is vital to set the tone for the coming season. Bath will be missing the services of Underhill, Louw, Joseph, Cokanasiga, McConnochie and Watson on World Cup duty (plus Jamie Roberts doing TV punditry) but Exeter are similarly handicapped. Their absentees are Cowan-Dickie, Francis, White, Slade, Nowell and Hogg. Where the Chiefs should have the edge is in the strength in depth of their squad and the ability of all their players to “stick to script” and sustain the high intensity, disciplined and patient pressure game to build scores.

 

With the stated intention to rotate the squad through the four games of the tournament, predicting selection for the match is risky. I do hope that Hooper chooses as strong a squad as possible, while also taking the chance to induct some of the new signings. We know that Matt Garvey, Taulupe Faletau, Will Stuart, Henry Thomas and Darren Atkins are still recovering from injury, so Bath must face this match shorn of most of their wide strike power and threadbare at tight head prop.

 

Scary the start may be, but the players should relish the chance to show their best against one of the best. The tight five in particular will be key to providing the strong forward platform Hooper seeks. The loose forwards –probably Ellis, Bayliss and Mercer, will need to be at the top of their game too – to combat Exeter’s driving and rucking game and to force turnovers. Behind them, fans will be hoping for a more decisive approach than last season with less aimless kicking, swifter distribution and the aggressive running all the backs are capable of. Brew and Rokodoguni are experienced and lethal finishers: the rest of the team must get them early ball, in space, to take the game to the opposition.

 

In a sense, with the World Cup launching this weekend and the Premiership start another month away, Saturday is something of a “phoney war” "Everything we’re doing” Hooper has said  “is building up to putting the best team out against Bristol and beyond.” To do that, a strong showing- win or lose- is needed for squad confidence, especially after a disappointing showing at the Premiership Sevens.

 

Last season Bath began by flattering to deceive. A promising thrashing of Scarlets in the final friendly gave way to a lame last minute defeat at Ashton Gate that set a frustrating tone for the campaign. This year fans (and I believe the coaching team also) will want to see Bath compete from start to finish. That must begin on Saturday.

 

Come On You Bath!

  

Possible Teams:


Bath:
Catt, Dunn, Judge, Ewels (Capt.), Stooke, Ellis, Bayliss Mercer. Chudley, Burns. Brew, Wright, Clark, Rokodoguni, Homer.

Replacements:Boyce, Walker, Nixon, McNally, Williams. Cook, Priestland, Willison.

 

Exeter Chiefs:Moon, Yeandle, Holmes, Dennis, Skinner, Ewers, Armand, Kvesic. Townsend, Steenson. Woodburn, Devoto, Whitton, Short. Dollman.

Repacements: Keast, Innard , Wiliams, Lonsdale, Simmonds. J Maunder, Simmonds, O’Flaherty.

 

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opti
Optimist
18/09/2019 09:08
Was thinking how good our back-row looked - which it does - but so does theirs! In fact, that Exe teamsheet could quite easily be fielded on a regular GP Saturday and you wouldn't bat an eyelid. Irrespective of the aim for this set of games, it will be a genuine indicator of whether we've made any progress in pre-season.

TomReagan
TomReagan
18/09/2019 20:55
And they've got 'The beast of Bolsover' in their second row...

BathMatt53
BathMatt53
18/09/2019 21:37
I think that Exe will put out a much younger / less experienced team.

[Adoptee 19 / 20: The High ball and counter attack meister, Tom Homer]

P G Tips
P G Tips
20/09/2019 12:12
The Bath Rugby 23
Quite experimental.

Here it is. The first Bath Rugby 23 of the season...

Bath Rugby XV

15. Tom de Glanville

14. Levi Davis

13. Jackson Willison

12. Max Ojomoh

11. Gabriel Hamer-Webb

10. Alex Davies

9. Chris Cook

1. Will Vaughan

2. Jack Walker (c)

3. Sam Nixon

4. Levi Douglas

5. Rhys Davies

6. Jack Davies

7. Miles Reid

8. Nahum Merigan

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Arthur Cordwell

18. Simone Elrick

19. Tom Jeanes

20. Elliott Stooke

21. Ollie Fox

22. Aled Brew

23. George Worboys

PG

ballsout
ballsout
20/09/2019 12:14
I was wondering why there wasn't a team up post yet, then I remembered to look at the stickies.

Anyway, long afternoon in store... hope they go well.

BathMatt53
BathMatt53
20/09/2019 12:36
Crikey, academy team it is then. Wonder what the average age is?

[Adoptee 19 / 20: The High ball and counter attack meister, Tom Homer]

WestonLurker
WestonLurker
20/09/2019 12:46
Can we not use Stooke as a flanker this season. He's an excellent second row and we have plenty of actual flankers.

Montyuk
Montyuk
20/09/2019 12:51
Maybe will see more of the first team in the home games. Much more an acadamy rather than pre-season squad.

Adopted player 2019/20: Tom Ellis

Rokobilly
Rokobilly
20/09/2019 12:58
I'm a bit baffled by this selection. Delighted to see some of the young prospects get a game but surely we want some first timers to get a run out too?

Is it a need to balance the first XV pre season practice with a recognition that these are the only games we can play the youngsters in outside the Prem so it is now or never?

Could be a long afternoon.

ballsout
ballsout
20/09/2019 13:26
There's 4 games before the Prem starts, the team will get stronger as we go. Still, that's ridiculously callow.

TG Kesmo
TG Kesmo
20/09/2019 13:26
Ok this is an opportunity to give the kids a go - see who steps up and what they have to offer. I think we may see a slightly more experienced side for the home games building up for the prem next month. But the team we have to field in the premiership needs to play together or it will just be pre season Mk. II when we actually start.

BathMatt53
BathMatt53
20/09/2019 13:43
Quote:
ballsout
There's 4 games before the Prem starts, the team will get stronger as we go. Still, that's ridiculously callow.

Quite, and you would also think that someone like Mike Williams could have added some valuable experience to that side rather than running out for a single match at Leeds.

[Adoptee 19 / 20: The High ball and counter attack meister, Tom Homer]

P G Tips
P G Tips
20/09/2019 13:47
And the Exeter Chiefs Squad. Not quite so callow:

Exeter Chiefs XV

15. Max Bodilly
14. Olly Woodburn
13. Tom Wyatt
12. Tom Hendrickson
11. James Short
10. Gareth Steenson (capt)
9. Sam Maunder
1. Billy Keast
2. Jack Innard
3. Marcus Street
4. Jannes Kirsten
5. Stan South
6. Josh Caulfield
7. James McRae
8. Rus Tuima
Replacements
16. Jordon Poole
17. Danny Southworth
18. Alfie Petch
19. Cory Teague
20. Lewis Pearson
21. Joe Snow
22. Harvey Skinner
23. Barrie Karea

PG

ballsout
ballsout
20/09/2019 13:50
Oh well.

Susanne
Susanne
20/09/2019 14:13
Very excited that we have the first team of the season up!

And the whole point of this competition is to develop the youngsters - we've really seen players step up in these circumstances before and I think we will again. How will our home grown talent develop otherwise?

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OutsideBath
20/09/2019 14:40
Quote:
Susanne
And the whole point of this competition is to develop the youngsters - we've really seen players step up in these circumstances before and I think we will again. How will our home grown talent develop otherwise?

Not convinced they will learn anything by getting thrashed though. Could have done with a little more experience in the starting line up to keep the score a little closer.

Hamptonite
Hamptonite
20/09/2019 14:47
Quote:
Susanne
Very excited that we have the first team of the season up!
And the whole point of this competition is to develop the youngsters - we've really seen players step up in these circumstances before and I think we will again. How will our home grown talent develop otherwise?

My only concern is the general lack of experience in the squad as a good number in the 23 were playing u18s stuff last year, and whilst they were pretty successful at that level, it’s a big step against a more experienced Chiefs side. There’s not huge benefit gained in chasing people and ball around the park, as we’ve done at 1st team level a few times recently at Sandy Park.

A good experience for the young players? Hopefully if they remember what the last 17 weeks has been about, in the face of battle!

B4thB4ck
B4thB4ck
20/09/2019 15:03
Are they old enough to drink in the bar afterwards?

ballsout
ballsout
20/09/2019 15:15
Just don't give Exeter the ball at every opportunity please like first teams have done in the past, give them 60+% possession and we'll get absolutely thrashed.

Bathovalballer
Bathovalballer
20/09/2019 16:06
Regrettably I can only see a big 50 point win for Exeter and our youngsters, as enthusiatic and keen as they are, will not learn much or gain much confidence from a tonking.

Really do think this is a continuance of last season's selection for games we thought we couldn't hope to win, like Sarries away. IMO not a good philosophy or start by Mr Hooper.

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The Jink Joseph.

Adopted player 2018/19 Adopted player 2018/19 Semesa 'The Rock' Rokoduguni

DorsetBoy
Dorset Boy
20/09/2019 17:35
Other than Exeter's 9, 10, 11 & 14, are they really any more experienced than our youngsters?

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CoochieCoo
20/09/2019 18:36
Hoops’ preview

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OutsideBath
20/09/2019 19:13
Thought we were told that Hooper wouldn't be doing any coaching? Clip seems to suggest that's exactly what he is doing.

Bathovalballer
Bathovalballer
20/09/2019 20:07
Yes Dorset Boy they are. Street is an absolute animal at tight head, the match for any in the Prem, and Keast has a number of Prem replacement experiences, as has Caulfield. Woodburn and Short are top class finishers as is Bodilly. The one to look at is the number 8, Rus Tuima, who is tipped to be the next and better Billy Vunapola. They are fielding a massive pack.

Sam Maunder at 9 is the younger brother of Jack and I have been told is rated far higher than his older brother, in particular by the man who taught him at Blundells. The bench replacement for 9 is Joe Snow who is potentially better than either Maunder and is built like Mike Phillips of Wales and Lions fame.

We will be lucky to get away with under 50 point beating.

I am thankful I am going to a family wedding (in Devon) to miss the carnage and save me a kings' ransom in beer from ridiculous bets on Bath winning., as in the past!!!

Adopted player 2019/20 Jonathan 'JJ' Joseph.

The Jink Joseph.

Adopted player 2018/19 Adopted player 2018/19 Semesa 'The Rock' Rokoduguni

Hamptonite
Hamptonite
20/09/2019 20:42
Quote:
Bathovalballer
Yes Dorset Boy they are. Street is an absolute animal at tight head, the match for any in the Prem, and Keast has a number of Prem replacement experiences, as has Caulfield. Woodburn and Short are top class finishers as is Bodilly. The one to look at is the number 8, Rus Tuima, who is tipped to be the next and better Billy Vunapola. They are fielding a massive pack.
Sam Maunder at 9 is the younger brother of Jack and I have been told is rated far higher than his older brother, in particular by the man who taught him at Blundells. The bench replacement for 9 is Joe Snow who is potentially better than either Maunder and is built like Mike Phillips of Wales and Lions fame.



We will be lucky to get away with under 50 point beating.

I am thankful I am going to a family wedding (in Devon) to miss the carnage and save me a kings' ransom in beer from ridiculous bets on Bath winning., as in the past!!!

Not really sure why our lads are bothering to turn up then!

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shipwrecked
21/09/2019 01:05
Where both teams are depleted by injury, illness or national call up do clubs get together to agree the number of first team players that will compete in the match.

It can't be coincidence that both sides are similar in complement.

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BathMatt53
BathMatt53
21/09/2019 06:38
They just seem to put a few hints out before in their PR things SW. I mean, look at the team that Sale are putting out this weekend - it the best they can put on the pitch isn’t it?

Starting XV: 15. Simon Hammersley, 14. Denny Solomona, 13. Sam James, 12. Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 11. Chris Ashton, 10. Rob du Preez, 9. Gus Warr; 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Rob Webber, 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley, 4. Josh Beaumont (Captain), 5. James Phillips, 6. Jean-Luc du Preez, 7. Ben Curry, 8. Daniel du Preez.

Replacements:16. Akker van der Merwe, 17. Bevan Rodd, 18. Will-Griff John, 19. Bryn Evans, 20. Matt Postlethwaite, 21. Embrose Papier, 22. Luke James, 23. Byron McGuigan

[Adoptee 19 / 20: The High ball and counter attack meister, Tom Homer]

gaz59
gaz59
21/09/2019 09:18
Well France not doing too bad with a 20 year old kid at 10, a big match and he is having a cracker

Irrespective of our result this afternoon I will reserve early judgement until Xmas

DaveOfTrow
GrumpyDave
21/09/2019 15:19
At the STH event Hoops said he’d field our strongest side for the home premiership cup games, so by implication not so much for the away games. This squad reflects that. He’s trying to manage the squad through a tricky WC period of
Jury’s out. Let’s see...

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Clarkey3k
21/09/2019 15:29
Bath Rugby Twitter feed has score updates, hosts just ahead at the moment

Mike the Taxi
Mike the Taxi
21/09/2019 15:36
[www.bbc.co.uk] Also available on Radio Bristol

BathMatt53
BathMatt53
21/09/2019 15:37
Bath huffing and puffing but far too many missed tackles and getting out muscled.

[Adoptee 19 / 20: The High ball and counter attack meister, Tom Homer]

Old Bath Tub
Old Bath Tub
21/09/2019 15:41
Poor from Bath , falling off tackles and no real penetration, scrum poor, looking like a big loss coming, still Stuart will have all answers! Sorry excuses.(Sm128)

Adopted Player 2018/19 Ross Batty
Adopted Player 2019/20 Jack Davies

"AN OUNCE OF ACTION IS WORTH A TON OF THEORY"
FRIEDRICH ENGELS

BathMatt53
BathMatt53
21/09/2019 15:43
Much much too easy for Exeter. Bath look like they have just met each other. Men against boys.

[Adoptee 19 / 20: The High ball and counter attack meister, Tom Homer]

Old Bath Tub
Old Bath Tub
21/09/2019 15:44
Nobody in defence 21-0 !

Adopted Player 2018/19 Ross Batty
Adopted Player 2019/20 Jack Davies

"AN OUNCE OF ACTION IS WORTH A TON OF THEORY"
FRIEDRICH ENGELS

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Clarkey3k
21/09/2019 15:44
Quote:
BathMatt53
Bath huffing and puffing but far too many missed tackles and getting out muscled.

Bob did predict a 50 pointer (Sm122)

Mike the Taxi
Mike the Taxi
21/09/2019 15:45
Good to see the names De Glanville and Ojomoh on the team sheet again!

Old Bath Tub
Old Bath Tub
21/09/2019 15:49
Quote:
BathMatt53
Much much too easy for Exeter. Bath look like they have just met each other. Men against boys.

Perhaps we didn’t have a coach pre-season (Sm100)

Adopted Player 2018/19 Ross Batty
Adopted Player 2019/20 Jack Davies

"AN OUNCE OF ACTION IS WORTH A TON OF THEORY"
FRIEDRICH ENGELS

Mike the Taxi
Mike the Taxi
21/09/2019 16:04
Quote:
BathMatt53
Much much too easy for Exeter. Bath look like they have just met each other. Men against boys.

Teams on Field:
[www.bbc.co.uk]

Mike the Taxi
Mike the Taxi
21/09/2019 16:15
Levi Davis converted try.

Old Bath Tub
Old Bath Tub
21/09/2019 16:15
Excellent try from Levi Davis 21-7 !

Adopted Player 2018/19 Ross Batty
Adopted Player 2019/20 Jack Davies

"AN OUNCE OF ACTION IS WORTH A TON OF THEORY"
FRIEDRICH ENGELS

BathBurger
BathBurger
21/09/2019 16:27
Davis, Willison (who’s looking massive) and young forwards look good. Tom deG doesn’t look out of place.

Kicking (shock) is poor. What’s worrying me though is how obvious our attacking structure is. I’m presuming it’ll be our prem structure too and it looks extremely easy to figure out...

Mike the Taxi
Mike the Taxi
21/09/2019 16:35
Chris Cook converted try

Old Bath Tub
Old Bath Tub
21/09/2019 16:35
Try Cookie ! 21-14

Adopted Player 2018/19 Ross Batty
Adopted Player 2019/20 Jack Davies

"AN OUNCE OF ACTION IS WORTH A TON OF THEORY"
FRIEDRICH ENGELS

BathMatt53
BathMatt53
21/09/2019 16:36
Levi Davis had a really good game today, so hard to stop.

[Adoptee 19 / 20: The High ball and counter attack meister, Tom Homer]

Old Bath Tub
Old Bath Tub
21/09/2019 16:46
Poor defence again ! 28-14 (Sm136)

Adopted Player 2018/19 Ross Batty
Adopted Player 2019/20 Jack Davies

"AN OUNCE OF ACTION IS WORTH A TON OF THEORY"
FRIEDRICH ENGELS

Mike the Taxi
Mike the Taxi
21/09/2019 16:53
7 teenagers make debut for Bath today.

Ft

28 v 14

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shipwrecked
21/09/2019 16:58
What happened to the 50 point defeat then?

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Long Term
Long Term
21/09/2019 17:03
Feel positive after that. Individual errors cost us in terms of the result but enjoyed the correction of problematic areas for second half and good showing of many of the youngsters.Defensive structure looked ok overall .

TG Kesmo
TG Kesmo
21/09/2019 17:04
Scrum and line out looked better in second half. Batty steadied the ship so not a cricket score at all in fact we won the second half 14-7. Looked a bit like the first game of the season unsurprisingly with many errors but something to build on.

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spongey
21/09/2019 17:47
Pretty solid effort considering how outgunned we were.

I was more interested in shape and style than anything as I think very few of the guys are gonna be in our first 23 of the season. I really liked our willingness to go wide and fast. Cook is a really good scrumhalf if his main function is get the ball out the ruck and that helped in attack and going wide to Levi Davis led to the tries.

Defensively conceding 3 tries off first phase from inside balls is a concern but that's a clear thing to fix and missed tackles and organisation should improve with the experience back. Same with the scrum and line out. Obviously I'd love our 4th string props to be dominant but it's not the end of the world if they're not.

But the areas of the pitch we played in it was probably more even than a 14 point margin and that's pretty heartening

Bath Supporter Jack
Bath Supporter Jack
21/09/2019 19:51
I enjoyed it!!

Would have preferred a win........but compared to some games last season with RP at flyhalf.....not a bad show.

ChippenhamRoman
ChippenhamRoman
21/09/2019 20:13
Quote:
BathMatt53
Much much too easy for Exeter. Bath look like they have just met each other. Men against boys.

It literally was men against boys. What was it, 7 of our teenagers making their debuts today.

J

BathMatt53
BathMatt53
21/09/2019 20:34
Quote:
ChippenhamRoman
Quote:
BathMatt53
Much much too easy for Exeter. Bath look like they have just met each other. Men against boys.

It literally was men against boys. What was it, 7 of our teenagers making their debuts today.

J

Yep, I wasn’t using it as a figure of speech. They did really well, but as Spongey says they were outgunned - they have the skills and desire but not the physical side yet, which will come. Positives IMO were a nice range of passing from TDG and great contributions from Levi on the wing. They must be buzzing tonight having made their first appearance for Bath 1st team and rightly so. I would love to see some of those individuals in a physically stronger / more experienced team, I’m sure they would do well.

[Adoptee 19 / 20: The High ball and counter attack meister, Tom Homer]

dr.bath1865
dr.bath1865
21/09/2019 22:48
The biggest compliment I can pay the lads is that I’m glad I made the long trip to Devon for a pre season friendly. Very encouraging. Of course, we didn’t win, but I thought we were really competitive throughout in a game that, on paper, should’ve been a mile beyond us.

I liked the systems, the tactics, the attitude. All put a real shift in but, for me, Douglas, Cook, Willison, and our young back 3 were superb.

Build on this performance and we’ll be in a good place. Our squad certainly looks like it’s got depth now.

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CoochieCoo
22/09/2019 08:21
Highlights

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DaveOfTrow
GrumpyDave
22/09/2019 09:57
So milking the STH rah rah session a bit more...
Hoops did say we’d be fielding strong teams for the home legs, so by implication not away. The team selection was consistent with that.
I didn’t see it, so In terms of the “work ons” how did we rate?
Set piece (esp line out)?
Work rate in defence and breakdown?
S&C, anyone looking fitter?
Discipline?
Thanks
D

TG Kesmo
TG Kesmo
22/09/2019 10:52
[quote GrumpyDave]So milking the STH rah rah session a bit more...
Hoops did say we’d be fielding strong teams for the home legs, so by implication not away. The team selection was consistent with that.
I didn’t see it, so In terms of the “work ons” how did we rate?
Set piece (esp line out)?
Work rate in defence and breakdown?
S&C, anyone looking fitter?
Discipline?
Thanks



Set piece was a game of two halves. Scrum was pretty poor in first half but early sub of Batty and Cordwell transformed it. Making subs when you need to not by the clock is a step forward in my book. The line out was also improved but still needs work.
Fitness looked good we were much stronger in the second half and kept running and our level of physicality didn’t drop off too badly.
Defence line speed was good but some of the newbies did tend to jump out of the line they need to curb this or we will ship tries. You need to only jump out when you have a chance of intercepting or making a tackle. Otherwise it’s just giving them a gap. The ref provided the gap for their first try in a similar fashion. Kicking was a bit of an issue with direction and distance The ideas were good the execution not so.
Overall looked a bit rusty but given it was a development team, not at all disheartening.

Boldangrey
Boldangrey
22/09/2019 22:07
When Vaughan went off (and others) the scrum improved. Vaughan looked to be having trouble with his shoulder. I hope that was not the injury that kept him out so long last season.

Kidney Stone
Kidney Stone
22/09/2019 22:25
Levi Davies was impressive, very quick and a strong fend.

ballsout
ballsout
22/09/2019 23:08
The starting front row were getting zero help from the back row at those early scrums. Hung out to dry.

B4thB4ck
B4thB4ck
23/09/2019 09:24
Pleased that the predicted 50 point drubbing didn't materialise....

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OutsideBath
23/09/2019 11:49
Quote:
B4thB4ck
Pleased that the predicted 50 point drubbing didn't materialise....

+1

Pleased for those that made their debut, hopefully they are proud of that achievement but equally unhappy/frustrated/angry etc that they were on the losing side.

annie blackthorn
annie blackthorn
23/09/2019 13:25
Sounds like quite an encouraging start. Sandy Park can be a bit of a bearbit, and if there's a cross wind from up the estuary an added element of interest!!


But, incidentally, I thought this match and a following Prem match was going to be televised - as sure it was shown on BTTv schedule, but then nothing happened. Other sports were shown on the appropr channels. Is this me going doolally, or was there a change at the last few hours?

gaz59
gaz59
23/09/2019 13:45
It was on BT Sport 3 Annie. As was the Quins v Briz match

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shipwrecked
23/09/2019 14:03
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annie blackthorn
Sounds like quite an encouraging start. Sandy Park can be a bit of a bearbit, and if there's a cross wind from up the estuary an added element of interest!!

But, incidentally, I thought this match and a following Prem match was going to be televised - as sure it was shown on BTTv schedule, but then nothing happened. Other sports were shown on the appropr channels. Is this me going doolally, or was there a change at the last few hours?

May be me but I've looked in vain to see if games are scheduled for them to appear 20 minutes before kick off. So I can empathise.

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Beno Obano Age 24 years, Loosehead prop, 5ft 8ins 18st 12lbs 'Mauls are like Transformers' they change form to become more powerful!

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CoochieCoo
23/09/2019 14:25
All rugby TV games are on our link list, 7th item down.
To get there on the DT version click link list in the navigation bar below our logo. On the mobile version click site navigation, scroll down to the link list and the link is 7 down.

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gaz59
gaz59
23/09/2019 15:41
I was really pleased that Chris Cook had a pretty good game overall. Generally quick to the breakdown and in second half there a definite zip to the pass but he really does need to work on those box kicks. Nearly all were way too long

Awp24975
Awp24975
23/09/2019 16:36
Was definitely on BT sport..... thought Chris Cook played well and was impressed with Jack Davies at six. Also think Nahum Merigan shows some huge potential.

We didn’t win but never thought we would. I liked the way that things that were going wrong improved after the half time break. Lots to work on but also lots to be positive about.

Will be interesting to see what happens next game with a stronger team selected.

dr.bath1865
dr.bath1865
23/09/2019 17:05
It'll be interesting to see how strong this Saturday's XV is. I was hugely impressed by a number of the young lads this week, making up what was essentially a 3rd XV. One game only but it looks like the squad now has some real depth.

So if this Saturday is going to be a 2nd XV, it might look something like... Obano, Batty, Judge, Stooke, McNally, Ellis, Bayliss, Mercer, Green, Priestland, Brew, Clarke Wright, Davis, Homer.

ballsout
ballsout
23/09/2019 17:33
It should be first choice these next two weeks with a bit of rotation, then send a second team to Gloucester. Time for the first choice players to play.

annie blackthorn
annie blackthorn
24/09/2019 10:17
Thanks for the helpful comments on the BT TV issue - not sure what happened there as I checked every BT channel at the time. Maybe its a blip (brain fuzz). I record the in the week world cup games - too much time being spent watching telly otherwise.

Bath Supporter Jack
Bath Supporter Jack
24/09/2019 14:26
I know its fantastic isn't it Annie........all of this rugby on Televisionthumbs down

gaz59
gaz59
24/09/2019 17:11
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Awp24975
Was definitely on BT sport..... thought Chris Cook played well and was impressed with Jack Davies at six. Also think Nahum Merigan shows some huge potential.
We didn’t win but never thought we would. I liked the way that things that were going wrong improved after the half time break. Lots to work on but also lots to be positive about.

Will be interesting to see what happens next game with a stronger team selected.

Chris Cook did play well but he did miss a walk in 7 pointer from our 5 metre scrum around 55 minutes when he stuck to play called and didn't see the big hole between their scrum and first defender but we did score that great try made by Davis soon enough after

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hasta
24/09/2019 18:47
I would add that I think Stooke coming up made a big difference to the scrum and started to fix things.

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