Feb 16, 2013 at 2.15pm UK at ​The Recreation Ground
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Preview: Bath vs. London Irish

London Irish's Chris Hala'Ufia on September 3, 2011
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership encounter between Bath and struggling London Irish at the Recreation Ground.

London Irish will be eager to claim the points on Saturday when they travel to Bath in the Aviva Premiership.

Brian Smith's side, who sit five points above the relegation zone, have won two and lost two of their last four matches.

This weekend they come up against a Bath team who, despite enjoying recent success in cup competition, have failed to be consistent in the league.

The West Country club have won only once in their last four outings.

Paul James and David Wilson return for the hosts due to a break in the Six Nations, but Stuart Hooper and Dan Hipkiss remain sidelined through injury.

Meanwhile, Irish have named the same starting XV who defeated Saracens last weekend.

Recent form

Bath: LWWWWW

London Irish: WWWWLW

Lineups

Bath: Abendanon, Agulla, Banahan, Eastmond, Biggs, Donald, Stringer, Skirving, Fearns, Louw, Attwood, Day, Wilson, Webber, James
Replacements: Batty, Catt, Perenise, Spencer, Gilbert, Cook, Heathcote, Rokoduguni

London Irish: Homer, Ojo, Armitage, Geraghty, Yarde, Humphreys, Phibbs, Hala'ufia, Sinclair, Garvey, Evans, Skivington, Aulika, Lawson, Lahiff
Replacements: Mayhew, Yanuyanutawa, Halavatau, Gibson, Treviranus, Fisher, Shingler, Moates

Sports Mole says: Bath to claim the win

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