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Bath Rugby finish 2018 with impressive win against Leicester Tigers

Bath Rugby 23 v Leicester Tigers 16

Bath Rugby rounded off 2018 with a deserved 23-16 victory over Leicester Tigers in front of a capacity crowd at the Rec. 

The game started in perfect conditions at the Rec with both sides trying to unnerve each other, yet it only took two minutes for the first points to be scored. It was George Ford returning to his former club, who opened up the Bath defence with a clever kick on the edge of the Bath 22. After building pressure, the fly-half sent a grubber kick through, which was collected by Jonny May, who found his way over the whitewash. Ford added the extras from straight in front of the posts. [0-7]

Just four minutes later, Bath found themselves on the Leicester line. After multiple phases in the 22, it looked like the Blue, Black and White had crossed for their first of the afternoon. Following consultation with the TMO, the score was ruled out as Bath were held up agonisingly short. 

With 18 minutes gone on the clock, Bath were cruelly denied once again. This time some brilliant play from Ruaridh McConnochie and Will Chudley put Bath within touching distance of the line. Francois Louw looked like he'd provided the killer blow, but his effort was ruled out by Doyle for what was adjudged to have been jumping into the tackle. 

However, with the penalty advantage Bath got on the scoreboard as Freddie Burns reduced the gap to four, as the fly-half slotted the ball straight through the uprights. [3-7]

Bath continued to dominate proceedings, only to be denied at the third time of asking by a miraculous covering tackle from Manu Tuilagi. This time James Wilson fired the ball into the 22 and some fantastic offloading from from Chudley allowed co-captain, Matt Garvey to make further ground and put Bath in scoring range. After scoring last week against Wasps, Chudley looked to add to his tally, but his reach for the line was somehow stopped by Tuilagi. Despite all of Bath’s attacking dominance, they still trailed by five points with 24 minutes gone. [3-7]

Bath continued to camp out in the red zone and three minutes later, they were rewarded for their persistence. After Mike Fitzgerald had lost the ball forward, the scrum went to Bath five metres from the try line. Chudley used quick ball from the scrum and fed to Jamie Roberts, who crashed over the line. Burns added the extras to put Bath in the lead. [10-7]

With eight minutes to play in the half, Bath extended their advantage with their second of the game. Burns put a pinpoint kick into the Leicester 22 and his chase forced the turnover to put Bath on the front foot once again. Nathan Catt was on hand to power his way over from close range to give Bath a lead of eight points. 

There were no further scores in for either team in the closing moments, but the momentum was firmly with the home side going into the half-time break. 

Half-time - Bath Rugby 15 -7 Leicester Tigers 

The second-half started with gusto, but it wasn't until the 53rd minute until any further points were added. After Bath were penalised for not rolling away, Ford put Tigers to within five on the scoreboard from the tee. [15-10]

Bath responded immediately in what will go down as one of the finishes of the season. Louw released the ball out wide to Burns, who sent a flat pass to Max Wright and the centre in turn offloaded to McConnochie. The winger showed his power and trickery, as he fended off Ellis Genge on the touchline before finishing in the corner. [20-10]

Both teams were defending for all their worth, Tigers had made 155 tackles to Bath’s 86 with just over ten minutes to play. However, the next points went to the visitors as Ford put his side to within a score with another successful penalty. [20-13]

The points kept coming as Bath were given a penalty for a high tackle on the rampaging Cooper Vuna two minutes later. Rhys Priestland was now on the pitch after replacing Burns, and despite the low trajectory, he restored Bath's 10-point lead. [23-13]

The final points of the game went to Leicester in the 77th minute and Ford sealed his 100% kicking record. However, the capacity crowd were not left disappointed as the Blue, Black and White finished 2018 in style against their old rivals. 

Full-time - Bath Rugby 23-16 Leicester Tigers 

Watch highlights from the game here

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
30 December 2018
KO 15:00

Attendance: 14,509
Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 15-7

Bath:
Tries: Roberts (26), Catt (32), McConnochie (54)
Conversions: Burns (28)
Penalties: Burns (20), Priestland (72)
Tigers:
Tries: May (1)
Conversions: Ford (3)
Penalties: Ford (53, 69, 76)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Tigers.

2'

Try for Tigers! Bath 0 - 5 Tigers

Jonny May scores for Tigers.

4'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Tigers.

21'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 7 Tigers

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

27'

Try for Bath! Bath 8 - 7 Tigers

Jamie Roberts scores for Bath.

29'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 7 Tigers

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

33'

Try for Bath! Bath 15 - 7 Tigers

Nathan Catt scores for Bath.

38'

Substitution

Jacques Van Rooyen replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

38'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 15 - 7 Tigers.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

48'

Substitution

Zach Mercer replaces Sam Underhill for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Tatafu Polota-Nau replaces Jake Kerr for Tigers.

54'

Penalty Goal! Bath 15 - 10 Tigers

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

55'

Try for Bath! Bath 20 - 10 Tigers

Ruaridh McConnochie scores for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Cooper Vuna replaces Ruaridh McConnochie for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Campese Ma'afu replaces Ellis Genge for Tigers.

62'

Substitution

Mike Williams replaces Michael Fitzgerald for Tigers.

63'

Substitution

Ben White replaces Ben Youngs for Tigers.

66'

Substitution

Will Evans replaces Brendon O'Connor for Tigers.

66'

Substitution

Brendon O'Connor replaces Sione Kalamafoni for Tigers.

70'

Substitution

Joe Heyes replaces Dan Cole for Tigers.

70'

Substitution

Jordan Olowofela replaces George Worth for Tigers.

70'

Penalty Goal! Bath 20 - 13 Tigers

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

70'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Max Green replaces Will Chudley for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

73'

Penalty Goal! Bath 23 - 13 Tigers

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

77'

Penalty Goal! Bath 23 - 16 Tigers

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

77'

Substitution

Gareth Owen replaces Matt Toomua for Tigers.

79'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Semesa Rokoduguni for Bath.

83'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 23 - 16 Tigers.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Nathan Catt10005
Freddie Burns01105
Ruaridh McConnochie10005
Jamie Roberts10005
Rhys Priestland00103
Tigers Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford013011
Jonny May10005
Bath v Tigers
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
   1PNathan
Catt
1Ellis
Genge
P    
    HTom
Dunn
2Jake
Kerr
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Dan
Cole
P    
    LMatt
Garvey
4Harry
Wells
L    
    LElliott
Stooke
5Graham
Kitchener
L    
    FLTom
Ellis
6Michael
Fitzgerald
FL    
    FLSam
Underhill
7Brendon
O'Connor
FL    
    8Francois
Louw
8Sione
Kalamafoni
8    
    SHWill
Chudley
9Ben
Youngs
SH    
1 1 FHFreddie
Burns
10George
Ford
FH 1 3
   1WRuaridh
McConnochie
11Jonny
May
W1   
   1CJamie
Roberts
12Matt
Toomua
C    
    CMax
Wright
13Manu
Tuilagi
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Jonah
Holmes
W    
    FBJack
Wilson
15George
Worth
FB    
    FBJames
Wilson
15George
Worth
FB    
Replacements
    RHRoss
Batty
16Tatafu
Polota-Nau
RH    
    RPJacques
Van Rooyen
17Campese
Ma'afu
RP    
    RPMax
Lahiff
18Joe
Heyes
RP    
    RLCharlie
Ewels
19Mike
Williams
RFL    
    RFLZach
Mercer
20Will
Evans
RFL    
    RSHMax
Green
21Ben
White
RSH    
1   RFHRhys
Priestland
22Gareth
Owen
RC    
    RWCooper
Vuna
23Jordan
Olowofela
RFB