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Saturday 3rd September 14:30 GMT


Two clubs that both suffered disappointing Aviva Premiership campaigns last time out, Northampton Saints and Bath, go head to head at Franklins Gardens on Saturday, in Round 1 of this season's campaign. The Saints were frustrated to finish in fifth position in the table, losing out on the final play-off position to their great East Midlands rivals, Leicester Tigers, and they are determined to avoid the same heartbreak in the coming season. The damage to the Saints challenge was done in the early weeks of the season, when they registered just one win in the first four fixtures.

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Bath who had been the most exciting club in the competition two seasons ago, and finished as runners-up in the Grand Final to Saracens, had a huge fall from grace last time round. A final finishing position of ninth, ultimately cost head coach, Mike Ford , his job. His replacement Todd Blackadder arrives at the Rec from Super XV outfit, Canterbury, whom he led to two Super Rugby Grand Finals. Apart from a new coach, Bath Rugby have also stiffened their forward pack with the signings of Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau, and his fellow international lock, Luke Charteris. But will be without the departed Kyle Eastman and Ollie Devoto in the backs.

Posted: 27th September 2014


The reigning champions, Northampton Saints, have lost just one Aviva Premiership match since last April, when they slipped up against Wasps at Adams Park 16-20 two weeks ago. They welcome Bath to Franklin's Gardens on Saturday, who arrive as table toppers with 100% winning record in the current season. Bath Rugby are leading the Premiership table after a completed round of fixtures for the first time since September 2011. Last week, Bath stunned the Premiership, by thrashing Leicester Tigers at the Rec by 45-0 with a display of forward power and free flowing back play, their try scoring bonus point enabling them to leapfrog over Saracens to the summit of the tournament.

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Having crushed one East Midlands giant, they now have to face down the other club from that part of the world, whose Franklin's Gardens home has become something of a fortress, with just one defeat at the venue in any competition in 2014, when their neighbours Leicester were victorious in Round 18 last season. It is nearly a decade since Bath won at Saturday's venue, when they defeated Saracens in a relocated game, and they have to look in the record books back in April 2003 to find their last win against the Saints at the ground.

Posted: 28th December 2013


The top match of this week's Aviva Premiership is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Franklins Gardens, where Northampton Saints play host to Bath Rugby. It is difficult to know exactly what to make of the Saints this season. They sit in second place in the table, and have been defeated just once, a narrow 26-24 loss at Kingsholm against Gloucester, and are the only side to have defeated Saracens domestically this season, putting 40 points on them at home earlier in the season.

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However, they have struggled to win matches in the way that their position suggests that they should. Just last week, they visited the inconsistent Wasps, and would have come away with just a losing bonus point, if it weren't for a controversial last minute penalty, that enabled them to squeeze home by 17-15. Bath on the other hand, is on a run of 11 straight victories in all competitions, and are the form team in England. Their visit to the Saints though, will be a huge test of their true championship potential. Their two Aviva defeats this season, both having come on the road, at Sale Sharks, and at the leaders Saracens. Bath will most likely also have to contend with the Saints new signing, the 25 year old Samoa full back, Fa'atoina Autagavaia, who has been signed under the injury dispensation rule, as cover for Ben Foden and James Wilson.

Posted: 23rd February 2013

Saturday, the 23rd of February, the Aviva Premiership will see the Northampton Saints and Bath Rugby play in Northampton at 15:00 local time and 15:00 GMT. The Northampton Saints are the number six ranked team on the table right now. They have been able to win nine games out of the fifteen that they have played. The two teams that are directly above them have also won nine games so far this season, with the London Wasps in fifth and Gloucester Rugby in fourth. Right now, Northampton Saints have 40 points.

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In the number seven spot is the team that is facing the Northampton Saints this week, the Bath Rugby team. They have earned 37 points so far this season. The Harlequins are the top team on the table with fifty-five points.

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Posted: 3rd September 2016

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