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Three Key Battles That Could Decide Bath v Exeter Anglo-Welsh Cup Final

Bath face Exeter in the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final on Friday at 14:30 after the original date for the final was abandoned due to adverse weather conditions at the home of Gloucester, Kingsholm.

We take a look at three key head-to-heads that may decide who comes out on top with the first major domestic trophy of the season.

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1. Chris Cook v Will Chudley

Chris Cook has been Bath’s best scrum-half this season despite strong competition from the experienced Samoan Kahn Fotouali’i, youngster Max Green and former London Irish playmaker Darren Allinson. 

Cook is capable of the spectacular but like Bath is highly erratic and inconsistent which can he hugely frustrating for fans and coaches alike.

Will Chudley has had a solid season at Exeter performing to his usual standards and his distribution is definitely a strong point for the 30-year-old.

With Will Chudley joining Bath this summer, this could be a major insight for Todd Blackadder into where Chudley will be in Bath’s pecking order when he arrives.
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2. Beno Obano v Greg Holmes

Obano has had a superb season for Bath, and early season injuries to Nathan Catt and Harlequins bound Nick Auterac handed the barrel shaped prop a chance which he grabbed with both hands.

A strong carrying game and explosive strength earned him a place in England’s Six Nations training camp, he will be key to Bath’s chances on Friday.

Australian, Greg Holmes is an experienced operator and strong scrummager and, at 34 years old, he has plenty of experience in high pressure games.

Holmes will offer stability and a player that can really test the up and coming Englishman he will be opposite in the scrum.

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3. Tom Homer v Santiago Cordero

Tom Homer is a strong footballer and that could be key if the conditions are wet and windy, the fullback is going to play a large part in Bath’s defensive game.

Homer is also a fairly dangerous attacking outlet for Bath and you can guarantee seeing him take on defenders as they tire.

Santiago Cordero is one of the most exciting talents in the Premiership right now. He has loads of pace and if he can find space outside Matt Banahan and Cooper Vuna, Bath will be in real trouble.

Cordero can add an elusive running game to his pace and make him a master attacker with footwork to beat any obstacles Bath may throw his way.

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The Anglo-Welsh Cup is sure to be an interesting affair and with big match ups all over the pitch it could be a classic to kickstart a rugby packed Easter weekend.

Author: The PA Team

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