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Bristol and Bath Rugby clash in a west Country derby, the outcome of which is vital to both clubs in the Aviva Premiership, although for very different reasons. Bristol Rugby have managed just two victories in the Premiership this season, their first back in the top tier, after seven years in the Championship. The two victories, against the Worcester Warriors and Sale Sharks over the Christmas period had closed the gap between bottom side Bristol and the Warriors to just a solitary point. However, the gap has now widened to six points, as Bristol's fortunes have dipped, while the Warriors produced a shock win against Saracens two weeks ago.
Bath have been beaten in just one of the last six games that they have played, and that was in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Newcastle Falcons. They are now in fourth position in the table with 47 points, just two adrift of the two clubs above them, Saracens and Exeter Chiefs. Bath have been beaten in each of their last three away fixtures in the Premiership, the last victory on the road coming at the Chiefs in Round 7. They have won all of the last eight games that they have played against Bristol, since their rivals 16-6 win at Ashton gate in in December 2006.
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