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Saturday 31st December 15:00 GMT


A huge Aviva Premiership West Country derby is scheduled for the Rec in Bath on Saturday, when third placed Bath welcome the fourth positioned Exeter Chiefs to their home ground in Round 12 of the tournament. Two defeats in their last three Premiership outings, at Harlequins and Wasps, have seen Bath slip slightly off the pace at the top of the Premiership table, where they now trail Saracens and Wasps by six points, while Exeter and Leicester Tigers have steadily closed the gap behind them. The Chiefs will arrive at the Rec just a single point adrift of their hosts, with the Tigers a further four points back.

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The last time that Bath Rugby ran out at the Rec in the Premiership, they became just the second club this season to beat Saracens in the competition, squeezing home by 14-11, extending their unbeaten run on home soil in the Premiership, which stretches back to April 1st, when Saracens were the visitors. After an indifferent start to the Premiership season, the Chiefs have now won their last four fixtures in the tournament, including successes on the road at Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks. The last defeat suffered by the Chiefs by coincidence came against Bath, who were victorious at Sandy Park on 30th October by 13-10.

Posted: 17th October 2015


Bath and Exeter Chiefs get their Aviva Premiership campaigns under way at the Rec on Saturday, in an all West Country contest. The Premiership sides have been playing pre-season friendlies in preparation for the commencement of hostilities, but these fixtures have had to be undertaken without their international players, who were still involved in World Cup action. It is therefore, difficult to read too much into the two friendlies played already between Bath and the Chiefs, both of which won by the Chiefs, most notably by 43-16 only last weekend. Especially given that England's earlier than expected demise from the international tournament, has freed up international players to start playing Aviva matches earlier than anticipated. Bath Rugby have a habit of enjoying opening weekend success. Only once since 2006 have they lost their opening Premiership match, and that was back in 2009 when they were defeated by another of their West Country rivals, Gloucester by 5-24.

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The Chiefs have only won one competitive match at the Rec, but that did come as recently as March 2014, when they won an Anglo-Welsh LV= Cup semi-final 22-19 at the venue. Whether they can become only the second side to win a league game at the Rec since March 2014, will be a tough ask, but the Chiefs have made a habit of defying the odds since their elevation to the Premiership in 2010, and they might just do so again this weekend.

Posted: 27th December 2014


The Rec in Bath is set to host probably the match of the weekend in the Aviva Premiership, when second placed Bath Rugby, play host to their West Country rivals from down the M5, the Exeter Chiefs, who themselves are sitting immediately behind Bath in the table. After the first 10 Rounds of this season's tournament, only two sides remain with 100% winning records on their own grounds, and Bath is one of them, the other being Wasps. Not only will they be looking to extend that winning sequence at the Rec, but they will want to extend their dominance over their rivals in the Premiership, where the clubs have met eight times. Bath Rugby have won seven of those fixtures, while the other game resulted in a draw. However, the Chiefs did emerge victorious when they travelled to the Rec for the semi-final of last season's Anglo-Welsh Cup, as they went on to lift the trophy, beating Northampton Saints in the final.

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The Chiefs also beat Bath in this season's Anglo-Welsh Cup back in November, since when Bath have gone on a run of six successive wins in all competitions. Exeter's own 8 game winning streak came to an end last weekend, when they were beaten at Sale Sharks in the Premiership. If they lost again on Saturday, it will be the first time they have suffered successive Premiership losses since last May.

Posted: 30th November 2013


The Rec in Bath sees Third verses fifth on Saturday, in the Aviva Premiership, as Bath take on their West Country rivals, Exeter Chiefs. Bath will go into the match as favorites, not just because of their slightly superior league position, but also their current form, which has seen them win seven successive matches in all competitions, since they slipped up at Sale Sharks in the Premiership on the first weekend in October. The Rec is becoming something of the fortress of years gone by, with Bath Rugby defeated just once at home in the Aviva in their last twelve games there, stretching back to September 2012, a 0-22 loss to Saracens in December 2012. Exeter Chiefs were beaten at home by the league leaders, Saracens, last weekend, thereby ending a three match winning run. Though they have an outstanding away record in the Aviva in 2013, and will hope that they continue to display the same ability to win on the road at the Rec, that has seen them beaten just once since February, a 11-38 thumping at Northampton Saints on the opening weekend of this season.

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However, Exeter's history as a club shows just one solitary victory over Bath in any tournament. That came way back in January 1978, when they won a first round John Player Cup match at the old County Ground. This will be the Exeter Chiefs' second visit to the Rec this season, having been defeated there in the LV Anglo-Welsh Cup 15-37 just two weeks ago.

Posted: 27th October 2012

In the Aviva Premiership this week, Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs play in Bath at 14:30 local time and one hour earlier GMT on Saturday, October 27th. Right now, Bath Rugby takes the seventh spot on the Aviva Premiership table. They have played a total of six games so far this season, and they won three of them. They didn't have any draws, but they were able to earn some points for their wins, for a total of fifteen. As for Exeter, they come in right above Bath with three wins as well, but they earned sixteen points, four from bonus points.

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The table is led by the Northampton Saints, who have won five games of the six that they played. That gives them twenty points total. Then, we have three teams in second, third and fourth that are all tied with twenty-two points.

Posted: 17th September 2011

On Saturday, September 17th, the Aviva Premiership will have yet another match that will make three for the teams that are playing. Bath Rugby and the Exeter Chiefs are going head to head this week with Bath hosting, and the match is at 17:30 local time, which is an hour earlier GMT. Bath Rugby is fifth on the Aviva Premiership table, being able to win one game so far this season and losing the other, and the series leader right now is the Exeter Chiefs, having two wins from just two games played. The Wasps are second and the Harlequins are third.           

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