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Preview: Sale Sharks v Bath

12th April 2007 12:13

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Last Dance: Robinson prepares to say goodbye

Jason Robinson starts his last home game for Sale Sharks wearing the number fifteen jersey in Friday's Guinness Premiership clash against Bath at Edgeley Park.

England U20 winger Selorm Kuadey makes his Premiership debut for the Sharks on the left wing. Kuadey has played one game previously in the first team.

Sale boss Kingsley Jones said: "Bath are a much improved side and are still in with a chance of winning silverware in the European Challenge Cup. We know it will be tough but we are aiming to give Jason Robinson a winning send off."

Bath boss Steve Meehan has made five changes to his starting fifteen that drew against Gloucester last weekend at the Rec.

"Their run of matches hasn't been great but we'll be up against it," said Meehan of the Sharks.

"They've got Robinson playing his last match at home for the club so we'll see an emotional charge there, no doubt. That's going to help them, and that's going to challenge us."

Shaun Berne moves from outside centre to fly-half, replacing Chris Malone, who took a knock at the end of last Saturday's draw with Gloucester, and Nick Walshe, who was ill last week, starts back at scrum-half.

Chev Walker, who replaced Berne during the previous game, wears 13, while Michael Stephenson, a first-half substitute for Joe Maddock last week, starts in his place on the right wing.

Form: Technically Sale Sharks still need a point to be safe from relegation but they have lost three in a row in the Guinness Premiership at Edgeley Park. The Sharks have not lost four home matches in succession in the competition since 1999. Bath may be undefeated at home since November but on the road it's a different story with eleven straight losses in the Guinness Premiership since an 18-15 win at Gloucester on 8 April 2006. Bath have picked up just five losing bonus points away from the Rec in that time. Bath won 18-16 when the two sides met at the Rec on 22 December, whilst Bath's record at Edgeley Park in all competitions is a creditable won 2, lost 2.

The Teams:

Sale Sharks: 15 Jason Robinson, 14 Chris Mayor, 13 Chris Bell, 12 Elvis Seveali'I, 11 Selorm Kuadey, 10 Lee Thomas, 9 Ben Foden, 8 Sebastien Chabal, 7 Magnus Lund, 6 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Dean Schofield, 4 Chris Jones, 3 Barry Stewart, 2 Sebastien Bruno, 1 Eifion Roberts.

Replacements: 16 Andy Titterrell, 17 Stuart Turner/ Ben Evans, 18 Sean Cox/David Tait, 19 Chris Day, 20 Richard Wigglesworth, 21 Rhys Jones, 22 Mark Taylor/Oriol Ripol.

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Michael Stephenson, 13 Chev Walker, 12 Olly Barkley, 11 Tom Cheeseman, 10 Shaun Berne, 9 Nick Walshe, 8 Jonny Faamatuainu, 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Andy Beattie, 5 Danny Grewcock, 4 Steve Borthwick (c), 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Lee Mears, 1 David Barnes.

Replacements: 16 Pieter Dixon, 17 Aaron Jarvis, 18 Hottie Louw, 19 Peter Short, 20 James Scaysbrook, 21 Andy Williams, 22 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu.

Date: Friday, April 13

Time: 19.45 (18.45 GMT)

Venue: Edgeley Park

Referee: Wayne Barnes

Touch judges: Steve Savage, Robin Goodliffe

Assessor: Brian Campsall

Television match official: Andrew Turner

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