Aviva Premiership: Exeter Chiefs entertain Bath at Sandy Park
Last Updated: 15/02/14 3:57pm
Exeter will be keen to return to the victory trail against Bath at Sandy Park on Saturday after suffering an agonising defeat to table-toppers Northampton last weekend.
Chiefs suffered a 17-16 loss to Saints and will be eager to return to winning ways against their high-flying west country opponents.
Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter has made three changes to his starting XV, bringing in Hoani Tui into the front-row in place of Alex Brown.
A new-look back-row is made up of Tom Johnson, Ben White and Dave Ewers.
Johnson starts having been released for duty by England earlier this week, whilst fellow flanker White is also back having recovered from a bang to the head. Ewers switches from the blindside to number eight, meaning Kai Horstmann is relegated to the bench.
Bath's international contingent all return to the starting line-up for this encounter.
Paul James and Dave Attwood both return to the pack, along with David Wilson, who makes his comeback from injury to start on the tighthead side. Ross Batty takes the number two spot between James and Wilson.
Attwood partners club captain Stuart Hooper in the second row, and the back row remains unchanged after last weekend's win over Newcastle - Matt Garvey and Francois Louw on the flanks, and Leroy Houston at number eight.
George Ford is joined by Micky Young in the half-backs, as Kyle Eastmond and Ollie Devoto continue their midfield partnership.
Matt Banahan and Horacio Agulla start out wide on the wings, with Anthony Watson selected at full-back.
Exeter: 15 Arscott, 14 Jess, 13 Whitten, 12 Dollman, 11 James, 10 Steenson, 9 Lewis; 1 Moon, 2 Yeandle, 3 Tui, 4 Mumm (c), 5 Welch, 6 Johnson, 7 White, 8 Ewers.
Replacements: 16 Cowan-Dickie, 17 Rimmer, 18 Brown, 19 Armand, 20 Horstmann, 21 Thomas, 22 Slade, 23 Vainikolo.
Bath: 15 Watson, 14 Agulla, 13 Devoto, 12 Eastmond, 11 Banahan, 10 Ford, 9 Young; 1 James, 2 Batty, 3 Wilson, 4 Hooper (c), 5 Attwood, 6 Garvey, 7 Louw, 8 Houston.
Replacements: 16 Guinazu, 17 Catt, 18 Perenise, 19 Day, 20 Fa'osiliva, 21 Stringer, 22 Henson, 23 Abendanon.
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks0 - 0Harlequins
Gloucester0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers0 - 0London Welsh
Northampton0 - 0Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2013/14 Round 14
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