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07th October 2011 13:11

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Tom Varndell Wasps v Bath Aviva Premiership Recreation Ground Nov 2010

Mid-table tussle: Wasps v Bath

Wasps welcome back Marco Wentzel and Nick Robinson from injury for Sunday's Aviva Premiership clash with Bath at Adams Park.

Robinson has missed the last three games but is restored at number 10, while second-row Wentzel returns having missed out on the trip to Newcastle.

Those are the only changes to the Wasps starting line-up with Ryan Davis and Ross Filipo dropping to the bench.

Director of Rugby Dai Young believes Bath will present his side with a tough challenge this weekend.

"Bath are strong all over the park and traditionally big and physical up front," said Young.

"They also keep the ball alive very well and they will come at us from everywhere. We have had a good hard week of training and have reinforced to the players how costly our discipline and penalty count has been in the last few weeks.

"The players themselves are hugely determined to take control of the situation and sort it out themselves on the pitch and if they do that then we will put ourselves in the best possible position of getting a good result."

Meanwhile, Bath are looking to follow up on their victory over Leicester Tigers last weekend.

"You don't want to go win one, lose one. Consecutive wins build momentum and put your season on a real roll, so it would be really good to get the first back-to-back win of the season in place," said coach Brad Davis.

"Playing Wasps at Adams Park is always tough and physical. We need to have a game that's ultra-competitive and my feeling is we've shown that in the majority of matches to date.

"I don't think we are the finished article, we are under no illusions about that, but we've got a game that on any given day is going to put us in with a chance of winning matches."

There are just a few changes to the squad who travel on Sunday, with Tom Heathcote coming in for Sam Vesty who is still recovering from a knock picked up against Leicester.

On the bench, Mark Lilley is preferred to Duncan Bell, Paul Roberts takes Heathcote's place, and Jack Cuthbert returns to the line-up.

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The teams:

London Wasps: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Chris Mayor, 12 Chris Bell, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Nick Robinson 9 Nic Berry, 8 John Hart (c), 7 Jonathan Poff 6 Joe Launchbury, 5 Richard Birkett, 4 Marco Wentzel, 3 Ben Broster, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Jeremy Castex, 17 Tom Lindsay, 18 Simon McIntyre, 19 Ross Filipo, 20 Matt Everard, 21 Jonah Holmes, 22 Ryan Davis, 23 Jack Wallace.

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Dan Hipkiss, 12 Ben Williams, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Simon Taylor, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Ben Skirving, 5 Ryan Caldwell, 4 Dave Attwood, 3 Kane Palma-Newport, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 David Flatman (c).
Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Charlie Beech, 18 Mark Lilley, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Andy Beattie, 21 Mark McMillan, 22 Paul Roberts, 23 Jack Cuthbert.

Date: Sunday October 9
Venue: Adams Park
Kick-off: 15.00 BST (14.00 GMT)
Referee: Andrew Small

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