Preview: Bath v Glasgow

Date published: January 23 2015

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Leroy Houston makes his 50th appearance for Bath against Glasgow Warriors at the Rec in the all-important Champions Cup match this Sunday.

The team shows only one change to the one which recorded a famous victory against Toulouse last week.

Club captain Stuart Hooper will return to the starting line-up for the sold-out match in the second row alongside Dominic Day, behind front rowers Paul James, Rob Webber and David Wilson. Houston features in the back row with openside Francois Louw and blindside Matt Garvey.

Chris Cook and George Ford continue in the halfbacks, with Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph at 12 and 13 respectively. Wings Matt Banahan and Horacio Agulla and fullback Anthony Watson complete the line-up.

Meanwhile, captain Al Kellock returns to the Glasgow Warriors.

The Warriors travel south looking to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time.

At full-back Sean Maitland replaces Peter Murchie, while Tommy Seymour and DTH van der Merwe continue on either wing, with the latter having scored a hat-trick against Montpellier last weekend.

Mark Bennett comes in at outside centre, having returned last weekend from a nine-week injury lay-off, with Alex Dunbar moving to inside centre.

Finn Russell continues at fly-half, while Henry Pyrgos replaces Niko Matawalu at scrum-half.

In the pack Gordon Reid and Mike Cusack come in for Ryan Grant and Jon Welsh at loose-head and tight-head respectively, with Pat MacArthur continuing at hooker.

Kellock comes into the second-row in place of the injured Tim Swinson and he’ll partner Jonny Gray in the engine room.

Leone Nakarawa continues on the blind-side, while Fraser Brown comes in for Ryan Wilson at openside and Richie Vernon replaces the injured Josh Strauss at Number 8.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “This is a massive game for the club and we’re really looking forward to the challenge of playing one of the form teams in Europe this weekend.

Form: Bath romped to a 35-18 win over Toulouse in Round 5 having beaten Wasps 39-26 in the Premiership the week before. Glasgow beat Montpellier 21-10 last week off the back of a 22-7 victory over Scarlets in the Pro12. Five of seven meetings between the clubs have seen a losing bonus point claimed. Though Bath have win five of seven against the Scots, Glasgow have won two of their last three including a 37-10 home victory in October.

The teams:

Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Dominic Day, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Paul James
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Carl Fearns, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Ollie Devoto, 23 Sam Burgess

Glasgow Warriors: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Richie Vernon, 7 Fraser Brown, 6 Leone Nakarawa, 5 Al Kellock (c), 4 Jonny Gray, 3 Mike Cusack, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Kevin Bryce, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 James Eddie, 20 Sean Lamont, 21 Niko Matawalu, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Peter Murchie

Date: Sunday, 25 January
Venue: Recreation Ground, Bath
Kickoff: 13.00 GMT
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Olly Hodges (Ireland)

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