Saturday, 19 January 2013

Bath and Gloucester battle for top Amlin Challenge Cup seeding

Bath and Gloucester will vie on Saturday for the top quarter-final seeding in this season's Amlin Challenge Cup. Both clubs have already qualified for the last eight, but Bath occupy pole position.

Victory over Bucharest at the Recreation Ground would secure the No1 berth and a probable home quarter-final against Stade Fran├žais. Any slip-up, though, and Gloucester would overtake Bath by defeating Kingsholm visitors Mont-de-Marsan.

Wasps and Perpignan are also through as pool winners, while Stade Fran├žais need a point against already-eliminated London Welsh in Paris to confirm they progress. The five Amlin group winners will be joined by three runners-up from Heineken Cup pools for the quarter-finals in early April.

The Bath University student Tom Dunn makes his starting debut against Bucharest, packing down at hooker alongside the front-row colleagues Charlie Beech and Anthony Perenise, with the lock Stuart Hooper returning to captain Bath.

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