Bath Rugby v Northampton Saints: Live Stream for Amlin Challenge Cup Final 2014

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Bath Rugby v Northampton Saints: Live Stream for Amlin Challenge Cup Final 2014
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Friday is an all-English affair for the final of Europe's secondary club competition, the Amlin Challenge Cup, with Bath Rugby taking on Northampton Saints at Cardiff Arms Park.

Both teams have won the competition before, Bath taking the trophy in 2008 against Worcester and Saints winning the following year, beating Bourgoin in the final. 

It is the first English appearance in the Challenge Cup final since Harlequins won the competition in 2011 and it should be a fierce contest between two of the Premiership's leading sides. 

Read on for full viewing information, including where to live stream the game and a preview of Friday's matchup.

 

Date: Friday, May 23

Time: 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK only)

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK only)

 

All-English Affair Tough to Call 

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The last time these two sides met they played out a 19-19 draw at the beginning of this month in the Premiership at the Rec, per BBC Sport.

The reverse fixture back in March was a high-scoring encounter in which Northampton prevailed 43-25.

For Saints, this is their first of two finals in eight days as they take on Saracens in the Premiership final on May 31.

Bath just missed out on the fourth play-off place in the Premiership after a final-day loss to Harlequins, who claimed the last spot on number of wins with both teams finishing on 67 points, per the Daily Mirror's Alex Spink:

Thus Bath may be the hungrier of the two teams on Friday as this match represents their last chance of silverware this season. 

Bath coach Mike Ford acknowledged this fact in his pre-match comments, saying his team would leave everything out on the field, per Harry Abbott in The Bath Chronicle:

We’ll leave everything out on the pitch on Friday, that’s for certain. We’ve got no tomorrows or no week afters.

We’re in the 50th week of the season and the boys have sacrificed a lot. It makes sense for us, having the talent we’ve got in the squad, to win something.

The south-west outfit have been given a major boost by the fitness of their talismanic flanker Francois Louw, who has not played since suffering an ankle injury in March:

The full Bath team for the final is provided here by Bath Supporters:

They will be looking to make it a third European title in their history after the 2008 Challenge Cup triumph and 1998's Heineken Cup victory.  

Even though Saints have another final to think about, they are by no means fielding a weakened team despite the five changes that have been made for the game from their 21-20 victory over Leicester, per sports journalist Jamie Hosie:

Coach Jim Mallinder has admirably resisted the temptation to rest key players and prioritise the Premiership final, meaning Friday's game should be a real contest.

Alex Corbisiero comes into the front row for his first start since returning from injury and Tom Mercey also comes in at prop.

Lee Dickson replaces Kahn Fotuali’i at scrum-half, while Calum Clark and Ken Pisi also make the starting 15. 

Saints No. 10 Stephen Meyler believes his side have the ability to claim victory, citing experience as a key factor, per Sky Sports:

It's going to be very tough again, obviously playing against a high quality team in Bath, who have improved quite a lot this year.

We know what to expect from them, it's going to be a massive occasion, we have very fond memories of the trophy winning season from 2009, and hopefully we can replicate that on Friday.

All or nothing then for Bath and potentially the start of a brilliant double for Saints, both sides will be desperate to lift the trophy come late Friday evening.

Northampton will likely be most people's favourites after their second-place Premiership finish, but it will likely be a final separated by a single score, there will be no thrashing in Cardiff. 

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