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Preview: Sale Sharks v Bath

07th November 2013 12:34

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Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond has named his side for Friday's LV=Cup game against Bath at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Sharks were losing finalists in the competition last season and are looking to go one better this time round.

It's Bath's second visit to the AJ Bell Stadium this season. In the Aviva Premiership game in October, Sharks won a thrilling game 19-13.

Mike Haley, Mark Jennings and Tony Buckley start for the first time this season and Nick Macleod is now fully fit again and is named amongst the replacements.

Meanwhile, Bath Rugby have also named their side for this clash. The front row comprises of Nathan Catt, Ross Batty and Anthony Perenise. Dominic Day and Ryan Caldwell are in the engine room, with blindside Will Skuse, openside Mat Gilbert and number eight Leroy Houston in the back row.

Martin Roberts and Tom Heathcote steer the ship at halfback, with Kyle Eastmond and Ollie Devoto in the centres. In the back three, wingers Tom Biggs, Richard Lane and fullback Nick Abendanon combine for the first time this season.

The teams:

Sale: 15 Mike Haley, 14 Tom Arscott, 13 Andy Forsyth, 12 Mark Jennings, 11 Tom Brady, 10 Joe Ford, 9 Will Cliff, 8 Michael Paterson, 7 Dan Braid, 6 Jonathan Mills, 5 Tom Holmes, 4 Andrei Ostrikov, 3 Tony Buckley, 2 Marc Jones, 1 Ross Harrison.
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Eifion Lewis Roberts, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Kirill Kulemin, 20 Mark Easter, 21 Dwayne Peel, 22 Nick Macleod, 23 Rob Miller

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon (c), 14 Richard Lane, 13 Ollie Devoto, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Martin Roberts, 8 Leroy Houston. 7 Mat Gilbert, 6 Will Skuse, 5 Ryan Caldwell, 4 Dominic Day, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Ross Batty, 1 Nathan Catt.
Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Charlie Beech, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 David Attwood, 20 Nick Koster, 21 Chris Cook, 22 Matt Banahan, 23 Anthony Watson.

Date: Friday, November 8
Kick-off: 19:45
Venue: AJ Bell Stadium
Referee: Simon Rees (Wales)
Assistant referees: Chris Sharp (England), Ian Tempest (England)
Timekeeper: Anthony Turner (England)
Assessor: Jerry Wallis (England)

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