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Things to look out for in the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final

Things to look out for in the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final

Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs face off at Kingsholm on Good Friday for the first silverware of the season.

The Chiefs were victorious when the two sides met in the league last weekend with Friday’s final re-arranged from earlier this month due to snow.

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Here’s five talking points ahead of the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final:

History in the making

No team has been more successful in Anglo-Welsh Cup history than Bath, lifting the trophy ten times – but the last of those came back in 1996.

By contrast, Exeter are set to contest their fourth successive final though they have only captured the cup once.

The Chiefs beat Northampton Saints in 2014 having beaten, you guessed it, Bath in the last-four.

The spirit of ‘08

Kingsholm, the home of their south-west rivals Gloucester Rugby, does hold some happy memories for Bath.

It was the scene of their last senior final a decade ago when they beat Worcester Warriors to win the European Challenge Cup.

That day Kai Horstmann lined up for the Warriors, and Bath will hope they can put one over on the now-Exeter captain again.

Charlie or Kai?

Either Charlie Ewels or Kai Horstmann will be the man to lift the Anglo-Welsh Cup as captains of their respective clubs.

For No.8 Horstman, the Anglo-Welsh Cup final will be extra special as he is set to make his 100th appearance for Exeter.

Victory for Bath would earn 22-year-old lock Ewels the first medal of his senior career.

Ready, Steady, Freddie

At fly-half Bath have a man who’s been there, seen it, done it and has the t-shirt when it comes to the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Freddie Burns is the leading scorer in the competition’s history with 215 points and he starts at fly-half alongside Chris Cook.

He was also part of the team, and kicked 11 points, as Leicester Tigers saw off the Chiefs in last year’s final 16-12.

Can he outscore opposite number Joe Simmonds?

Is revenge on the cards?

Last week, Bath Rugby suffered a 20-18 home defeat to Exeter Chiefs, with just a Joe Simmonds conversion between the teams at The Recreation Ground.

So for Bath, Friday night represents the perfect chance to exact revenge.

Meanwhile, Exeter will be determined to score a second successive victory over their rivals to lift the trophy for only a second time.

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