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Bath Rugby into Aviva Premiership Final with seven-try win against Tigers

Bath Rugby 47 v Leicester Tigers 10

Bath Rugby survived going down to 13 men at one point to run away with a 47-10 victory against Leicester Tigers - one which takes them to their first Aviva Premiership Final since 2004. 

The home side were quick to score. Shortly after the kick-off, Semesa Rokoduguni was obstructed in the process of taking a high ball. George Ford kicked the penalty on halfway to touch on Tigers' 22. Bath won the lineout and, when Jonathan Joseph spotted a gap, he glided through it and passed to Matt Banahan for the try. Ford took a fantastic touchline kick to make the conversion and the score 7-0.

Tigers ten Freddie Burns registered his side's first points of the match on 24 minutes with a penalty kick. Bath's response was sudden: winning the ball back at the restart, Francois Louw and Ross Batty did the damage at close quarters and then some delicate passing from Ford and Joseph put Banahan in for his second. Ford struck an identical touchline conversion to his first one to take it to 14-3.

The crowd then truly reached fever pitch when Rokoduguni rounded his opposite number on halfway, then chipped the Leicester fullback. Kyle Eastmond, sensing something was on, sprinted in support and received a generous bounce to score the try, converted by Ford. 21-3.

Bath found themselves down to 13 men with over ten minutes remaining in the first half. Despite heroic defence, including stifling the Tigers' renowned maul, the personnel deficit eventually told when Tigers hooker Tom Youngs dived over for their first try of the match, converted by Burns. 

The teams went into half time with the home side taking a ten-point lead.

Half time: Bath Rugby 21-10 Leicester Tigers

While the first half of the match will be remembered for three well-worked tries from Bath, the second started as a tale of gutsy defensive work from the home side (and, of course, some relentless carrying from Tigers). 

Nearing the final quarter, it was as if Bath had bided their time enough. Carl Fearns, on at six as a replacement, made the initial break in Tigers' half. Francois Louw came in support and took the ball further upfield, before passing to Peter Stringer who finished off the rousing passage of play. Ford made it 28-10 with his conversion. 

The game was put to bed a matter of minutes later, when Rokoduguni made a break up the blindside, drew his man and fed the ball to Ford, who dived over in the right-hand corner for his second Premiership try of the season. He was unable to convert his own try, but the damage was already done at 33-10.

It is hard to believe that there was more to come, but that was indeed the case, with Watson making a bamboozling run into the heart of the Tigers defence and feeding Banahan for the Jerseyman's hat-trick, which Ford converted. 40-10. 

There was time for one last try - and this one just as good as the others - when Watson went over for himself, showing too much pace for the Tigers defence to react in time and scoring under the posts. Ford ensured that the last act of the match was his conversion against his former side. 47-10.

With that done, Bath march on to a Premiership final at Twickenham against the other semi-final victors, Saracens. 

Full time: Bath Rugby 47-10 Leicester Tigers

 

 

 

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
23 May 2015
KO 17:00

Attendance: 13,349
Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 21-10

Bath:
Tries: Banahan (1, 24, 75), Eastmond (29), Stringer (63), Ford (68), Watson (79)
Conversions: Ford (3, 26, 30, 65, 77, 80)
Tigers:
Tries: Youngs (39)
Conversions: Burns (40)
Penalties: Burns (23)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Tigers.

2'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Tigers

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

4'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

23'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

24'

Penalty Goal! Bath 7 - 3 Tigers

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

25'

Try for Bath! Bath 12 - 3 Tigers

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

27'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 3 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

30'

Try for Bath! Bath 19 - 3 Tigers

Kyle Eastmond scores for Bath.

31'

Conversion! Bath 21 - 3 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

33'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Anthony Watson for ten minutes.

33'

Substitution

Paul James replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

34'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Leroy Houston for ten minutes.

40'

Try for Tigers! Bath 21 - 8 Tigers

Tom Youngs scores for Tigers.

41'

Conversion! Bath 21 - 10 Tigers

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Tigers.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 21 - 10 Tigers.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

44'

Substitution

Tommy Bell replaces Niall Morris for Tigers.

46'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Rob Webber replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Jamie Gibson replaces Jordan Crane for Tigers.

54'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Sam Burgess for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Sam Harrison replaces Ben Youngs for Tigers.

64'

Try for Bath! Bath 26 - 10 Tigers

Peter Stringer scores for Bath.

66'

Conversion! Bath 28 - 10 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

68'

Substitution

George Catchpole replaces Mathew Tait for Tigers.

68'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

69'

Try for Bath! Bath 33 - 10 Tigers

George Ford scores for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Neil Briggs replaces Tom Youngs for Tigers.

71'

Substitution

Michele Rizzo replaces Marcos Ayerza for Tigers.

71'

Substitution

Fraser Balmain replaces Dan Cole for Tigers.

71'

Substitution

Sebastian De Chaves replaces Graham Kitchener for Tigers.

72'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Peter Stringer for Bath.

76'

Try for Bath! Bath 38 - 10 Tigers

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

78'

Conversion! Bath 40 - 10 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

80'

Try for Bath! Bath 45 - 10 Tigers

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

81'

Conversion! Bath 47 - 10 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 47 - 10 Tigers.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford160017
Matt Banahan300015
Peter Stringer10005
Kyle Eastmond10005
Anthony Watson10005
Tigers Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Youngs10005
Freddie Burns01105
Bath v Tigers
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PPaul
James
1Marcos
Ayerza
P    
    HRoss
Batty
2Tom
Youngs
H1   
    PDavid
Wilson
3Dan
Cole
P    
    LStuart
Hooper
4Brad
Thorn
L    
    LDave
Attwood
5Graham
Kitchener
L    
    FLSam
Burgess
6Ed
Slater
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Julian
Salvi
FL    
    8Leroy
Houston
8Jordan
Crane
8    
   1SHPeter
Stringer
9Ben
Youngs
SH    
  61FHGeorge
Ford
10Freddie
Burns
FH 1 1
   3WMatt
Banahan
11Vereniki
Goneva
W    
   1CKyle
Eastmond
12Christian
Loamanu
C    
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Mathew
Tait
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Adam
Thompstone
W    
   1FBAnthony
Watson
15Niall
Morris
FB    
Replacements
    RHRob
Webber
16Neil
Briggs
RH    
    RPNick
Auterac
17Michele
Rizzo
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Fraser
Balmain
RP    
    RLDominic
Day
19Sebastian
De Chaves
RL    
    RFLMatt
Garvey
20Jamie
Gibson
R8    
    R8Carl
Fearns
21Sam
Harrison
RSH    
    RSHChris
Cook
22Tommy
Bell
RFB    
    RCOllie
Devoto
23George
Catchpole
RC