Aviva Premiership: Sale make changes for clash with Bath
Last Updated: 04/10/13 7:39pm
Matt Banahan: Ruled out through injury, so Tom Biggs starts in his place on the wing
Sale will be looking for a fourth win in their last five clashes with Bath when the two Aviva Premiership sides meet in Salford on Friday night.
The Sharks will be looking to bounce back from an away defeat to Northampton last time out, meaning they have won two and lost two so far at the start of the new domestic season.
Steve Diamond has made several changes to the line-up that went down 33-14 at Franklin's Gardens, including recalling Dwayne Peel at scrum-half.
Rob Miller switches from the wing to full-back, taking over from Tom Arscott, while Jonny Leota's selection at inside centre allows Mark Cueto to return to his more customary position out wide.
The solitary alteration for Sale in the pack sees Jonathan Mills take over from Kirill Kulemin in the second row.
Bath, meanwhile, will hand first starts this season to Ross Batty, Ollie Devoto and Will Spencer at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Hooker Batty comes in up front to play between props Paul James and David Wilson, while lock Spencer partners club captain Stuart Hooper in the second row.
Devoto, a member of England's Under-20s World Championship-winning side, gets the nod at full-back in a back three that sees Tom Biggs replace the injured Matt Banahan on the left wing.
Carl Fearns and Ben Williams are on the bench but the visitors are without Banahan, Dave Attwood, Rob Webber, Dominic Day, and Anthony Watson.
Bath's league form away from the Rec has been miserable - they have won just once on their travels since the opening round of last season, with that coming at new boys Newcastle in their first fixture of the 2013/14 campaign.
Sale Sharks: 15 Rob Miller, 14 Phil McKenzie, 13 Andy Forsyth, 12 Jonny Leota, 11 Mark Cueto, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Mark Easter, 7 David Seymour, 6 Dan Braid (capt), 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Jonathan Mills, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Eifion Lewis Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Kirill Kulemin, 20 Andrei Ostrikov, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Joe Ford, 23 Sammy Tuitupou.
Bath: 15 Ollie Devoto, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 George Ford, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Will Spencer, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 3 David Wilson, 2 Ross Batty, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Carl Fearns, 20 Alafoti Fa'osiliva, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Ben Williams, 23 Gavin Henson.