Feb 23, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Franklin's Gardens
SaintsNorthampton Saints
25-23
BathBath Rugby

Preview: Northampton Saints vs. Bath

Tom Heathcote converts a penalty against Agen on January 12, 2013
© PA Photos
Sports Mole looks ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash between Northampton and Bath at Franklin's Gardens.

Bath can overtake Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership table on Saturday with victory at Franklin's Gardens.

The West Country club are currently three points behind their opponents following two consecutive wins in the league.

However, a triumph for the Saints could see them move to within a point of the playoff places.

Mike Haywood and Ben Nutley have been drafted into the Northampton lineup in place of England duo Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes.

Meanwhile, Bath bring in Rob Webber, Charlie Beech, Anthony Perenise and Tom Heathcote as Stephen Donald misses out through injury.

Recent form

Northampton: WLWLLW

Bath: WWWWWW

Lineups

Northampton: Foden, Wilson, Pisi, May, Elliott, Myler, Dickson, Tonga'uiha, Haywood, Mercey, Manoa, Sorenson, Dowson, Nutley,Van Velze
Replacements: McMillan, Waller, Doran Jones, Craig, Oakley, Roberts, Lamb, Waldouck

Bath: Abendanon, Agulla, Banahan, Eastmond, Biggs, Heathcote, Stringer, Beech, Webber, Perenise, Day, Attwood, Fearns, Gilbert, Skirving
Replacements: Batty, Catt, Palma-Newport, Spencer, Koster, Claassens, Vesty, Rokoduguni

Sports Mole says: Bath to snatch the points

Manu Tuilagi
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