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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Pool 2
- 11th Jan 2014
- KO 14:30
- Ground: Rodney Parade, Newport
- Att: 6,063
Amlin Challenge Cup Pool 2: Dragons v Bath preview
The Dragons host Bath on Saturday with the visitors targeting a win that will see them confirmed as Pool 2 winners in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
The English side boast a perfect record of four wins from four in the competition this season with an impressive points difference of 135.
Meanwhile, the Dragons have won two and lost two from their fixtures and hold second place in the pool courtesy of having earned one bonus point more than third-placed Bordeaux-Begles.
Defeat would leave the Newport team needing to win at bottom side Mogliano in next week's final round of fixtures to be in with a chance second spot in the pool.
The previous meeting between the sides saw Bath come away 26-10 victors with Tom Heathcote kicking 16 points to pull his side clear after the first half ended 10 apiece.
The home side welcome back Tom Prydie for the first time since he picked up a hamstring injury playing for Wales during the Autumn Internationals, whilst captain Andrew Coombe has recovered from a knee injury to take his place in the second row.
The visitors make a total of 12 changes for the clash with Paul James assuming the captaincy. Anthony Watson will look to continue his scintillating form from full-back, as Tom Biggs and Rich Lane aim to use their pace and guile out wide to similar effect.
Gavin Henson starts at outside centre and the match-winner from October's reverse fixture, Heathcote, gets the nod at fly-half.
Dragons: 15 Evans, 14 Pewtner, 13 Wardle, 12 Smith, 11 Prydie, 10 Tovey, 9 Rees; 1 Evans, 2 Thomas, 3 Buck, 4 Coombs (c), 5 Sidoli, 6 Groves, 7 Cudd, 8 Faletau.
Replacements: 16 Dee, 17 Gustafson, 18 Way, 19 Screech, 20 I Jones, 21 L Jones, 22 S Jones, 23 Leach.
Bath: 15 Watson, 14 Lane, 13 Henson, 12 Devoto, 11 Biggs, 10 Heathcote, 9 Young; 1 James (c), 2 Guinazu, 3 Orlandi, 4 Day, 5 Caldwell, 6 Gilbert, 7 Fearns, 8 Houston.
Replacements: 16 Batty, 17 Perenise, 18 Palma Newport, 19 Garvey, 20 Mercer, 21 Roberts, 22 Joseph, 23 Banahan.
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|Thursday 16th October|
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|19:45||Gloucester vs Brive|
|Friday 17th October|
|19:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||LOU Rugby vs London Welsh|
|14:30||Cardiff Blues vs Grenoble|
|15:00||Zebre vs Oyonnax|
|17:00||Connacht vs La Rochelle|
|19:00||Bayonne vs Exeter|
|19:45||Stade Francais vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Thursday 23rd October|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|Friday 24th October|
|18:30||Grenoble vs London Irish|
|18:30||La Rochelle vs Bayonne|
|19:30||Brive vs Zebre|
|19:30||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle|
|19:45||Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby|
|Saturday 25th October|
|15:00||Exeter vs Connacht|
|19:45||Oyonnax vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs London Irish|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs London Welsh|
|TBC||Bordeaux-Begles vs LOU Rugby|
|TBC||Gloucester vs Zebre|
|TBC||Brive vs Oyonnax|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Stade Francais|
|TBC||Connacht vs Bayonne|
|TBC||La Rochelle vs Exeter|
|Saturday 13th December|
|TBC||London Irish vs Cardiff Blues|
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