Northampton vs. Bath: 5 Key Battles That Will Shape Amlin Challenge Cup Final

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Northampton vs. Bath: 5 Key Battles That Will Shape Amlin Challenge Cup Final
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In what is to be the last rendition of the Amlin Challenge Cup under its current guise, Northampton Saints and Bath will be the first two sides to compete for European silverware in a manic week for rugby.

The Aviva Premiership representatives have seen differing fortunes in their domestic endeavours of late, with Jim Mallinder's men claiming a place in the final opposite Saracens, while Bath were just edged by Harlequins in the race for their semi-final berth.

Some are pleased to see the back of the Amlin Challenge Cup, welcoming the minor name change of the European Rugby Challenge Cup, and each of these English giants will seek to ensure they enter its new incarnation as title holders.

Ahead of Friday's Cardiff Arms Park head to head, we've broken down some of those vital clashes that are likely to have the biggest say on the outcome.

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