Determined Bath narrowly miss out

During the week, the Bath Rugby Team Director had called on his side to start matches stronger, and the players did not let him down. In a much-improved performance Bath dominated the early stages and went ahead through an Olly Barkley penalty from 25 metres. The full back then added another penalty to give Bath a 6-0 lead at the half hour mark.

Leicester had their opportunities, but met a resolute Bath defence every time and with the usually reliable Stimpson missing two first-half penalty opportunities, it looked as though the visitors might hold on until the interval.

But on the stroke of half-time Healey chipped the ball to the left corner, Neil Back tapped it down to Corry who scored the first try of the afternoon but Stimpson's conversion attempt from out wide was well wide of the right upright as Bath led 6-5 at the interval.
Leicester took the lead for the first time early in the second half when Stimpson finally found his range with the boot from five metres inside his own half.

The home side then camped on the Bath line first with Healey held up over the line, then Tierney spilling the ball five metres from the line, before the Tigers forwards broke loose for hooker Dorian West to touch down and Stimpson to convert.

Bath were reduced to 14 men when Catt was sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes for a straight-arm tackle on Corry, and although Leicester capitalised with Neil Back's try, being a man down seemed to make the visitor's even more determined to get back into the game.

With time running out, Bath threw everything at Leicester and dominated both in terms of possession and territory. After a period of intense pressure the inevitable try came from Ireland international centre Kevin Maggs in the 78th minute with Olly Barkley adding the conversion. In the second minute of injury time Tindall crashed over to give the visitors hope. However, after both Austin Healey and James Scaysbrook were sent to the sin bin, time ran out as Leicester held out for victory.

Tries: Corry, West, Back.
Cons: Stimpson 2.
Pens: Stimpson.
Team: Stimpson, Booth, Lloyd, Kafer, Tuilagi, Healey, Tierney, Rowntree, West, Tournaire, M. Johnson, Deacon, Moody, Back, Corry.
Subs: Chuter, Kay, Garforth, W. Johnson, Gelderbloom, J. Hamilton, Kronfeld.

Tries: Maggs, Tindall.
Cons: Barkley 2.
Pens: Barkley 2.
Team: Barkley, Danielli, Maggs, Tindall, Voyce, Catt, Cooper, Barnes, Humphreys, Galasso, Beattie, Grewcock, G. Thomas, Lyle, N. Thomas.
Subs: Blake, Mears, Mallett, Malone, Crockett, Scaysbrook, Lloyd.

Sin Bin: Catt, Healey, Scaysbrook
Att: 16,811
Ref: D Pearson (RFU).

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