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Bath Rugby suffer close defeat in opening Anglo-Welsh Cup game

Bath Rugby 20 v Leicester Tigers 21

Bath Rugby suffered a close 20-21 defeat to Leicester Tigers in their opening game of this season’s Anglo-Welsh Cup at the Recreation Ground this evening.

Fly-half Adam Hastings opened the scoring for the home side after five minutes with a well-struck penalty after Zach Mercer had won the penalty at the breakdown. 3-0.

The lead was extended after 12 minutes when debutant Jack Wilson – who arrived from Otago this week – finished off a neat move in the corner after the home forwards had applied the pressure at the lineout and subsequent maul. 8-0.

Leicester hit back almost immediately with a try of their own, Luke Hamilton crashing over from short-range after they had applied a heavy dose of pressure on the defence. Freddie Burns added the conversion, bringing the visitors to within a point after a quarter of hour of play. 8-7.

Burns kept the pressure on, pinning Bath back into their own half, and then striking a penalty neatly through the posts when the referee deemed the home side had infringed.

The lead for the visitors was further extended on the 25th minute, when George Catchpole went over in the corner following a strong carry from Harry Thacker. Burns sent the conversion wide, and also missed a further penalty opportunity that would have extended the lead beyond a converted try.

After soaking-up wave after wave of pressure, the home side started to test their visitors once more as the half drew to a close, but Leicester held firm.

Half-time: Bath Rugby 8 – Leicester Tigers 15

Bath came out brightly once more at the beginning of the second forty, Will Homer darting through and keeping the defence alert, but it was Burns who continued to keep his side’s score ticking over with another penalty won at the scrum.

He added another on the 51st minute, but a yellow card to replacement prop Pat Cilliers, for tackling the 9, shifted the momentum in Bath’s favour and they were quick to take advantage of the extra man.

Zach Mercer stormed down the right hand touchline, finding Jeff Williams on his shoulder in support. The winger collected the offload and sprinted away and over the line. 13-21.

Homer took a quick tap penalty to keep Bath on the front foot, and after the forwards had drawn the defence tight with their picking and going, the ball was quickly spread wide for Dan Bowden to run over the line and touchdown. Hastings landed the conversion, taking Bath to within a point with five minutes left to play.

The young Bath side fought hard in those closing minutes, but Leicester held their nerve and the lead to see them head back up the M5 with a narrow win under their belts.

Final score: Bath Rugby 20 – Leicester Tigers 21

Match details

Recreation Ground
Anglo-Welsh Cup
4 November 2016
KO 19:45

Attendance: 13,723
Referee: Daniel Jones
Half Time score: 8-15

Bath:
Tries: Wilson (9), Williams (65), Bowden (74)
Conversions: Hastings (75)
Penalties: Hastings (3)
Tigers:
Tries: Hamilton (12), Catchpole (23)
Conversions: Burns (12)
Penalties: Burns (17, 47, 51)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Tigers.

4'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 0 Tigers

Adam Hastings kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

10'

Try for Bath! Bath 8 - 0 Tigers

Jack Wilson scores for Bath.

13'

Try for Tigers! Bath 8 - 5 Tigers

Luke Hamilton scores for Tigers.

13'

Conversion! Bath 8 - 7 Tigers

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Tigers.

18'

Penalty Goal! Bath 8 - 10 Tigers

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

24'

Try for Tigers! Bath 8 - 15 Tigers

George Catchpole scores for Tigers.

38'

Substitution

Oliver Bryant replaces Matt Smith for Tigers.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 8 - 15 Tigers.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Tom Croft replaces Joe Maksymiw for Tigers.

48'

Penalty Goal! Bath 8 - 18 Tigers

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

51'

Substitution

Sam Harrison replaces George Catchpole for Tigers.

52'

Penalty Goal! Bath 8 - 21 Tigers

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

52'

Substitution

Rory Jennings replaces Aled Brew for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Fred Tuilagi replaces Tomas Leonardi for Tigers.

53'

Substitution

Patrick Cilliers replaces Fraser Balmain for Tigers.

56'

Substitution

Charlie Thacker replaces Tom Brady for Tigers.

59'

Yellow Card!

Tigers lose Patrick Cilliers for ten minutes.

60'

Substitution

Riccardo Brugnara replaces Charlie Thacker for Tigers.

62'

Substitution

Kane Palma-Newport replaces Shaun Knight for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Alex Humfrey for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Josh Bayliss replaces Levi Douglas for Bath.

66'

Try for Bath! Bath 13 - 21 Tigers

Jeff Williams scores for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Tom Brady replaces Freddie Burns for Tigers.

70'

Substitution

George McGuigan replaces Will Evans for Tigers.

72'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Jeff Williams for Bath.

75'

Try for Bath! Bath 18 - 21 Tigers

Dan Bowden scores for Bath.

76'

Conversion! Bath 20 - 21 Tigers

Adam Hastings with a conversion for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Charlie Thacker replaces Riccardo Brugnara for Tigers.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Tigers.

Final score: Bath 20 - 21 Tigers.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Adam Hastings01105
Jack Wilson10005
Dan Bowden10005
Jeff Williams10005
Tigers Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns013011
Luke Hamilton10005
George Catchpole10005
Bath v Tigers
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PBeno
Obano
1Greg
Bateman
P    
    HMichael
Van Vuuren
2Harry
Thacker
H    
    PShaun
Knight
3Fraser
Balmain
P    
    LElliott
Stooke
4Harry
Wells
L    
    LAlex
Humfrey
5Joe
Maksymiw
L    
    FLLevi
Douglas
6Luke
Hamilton
FL1   
    FLGuy
Mercer
7Will
Evans
FL    
    8Zach
Mercer
8Tomas
Leonardi
8    
    SHWill
Homer
9Jono
Kitto
SH    
1 1 FHAdam
Hastings
10Freddie
Burns
FH 1 3
   1WJack
Wilson
11George
Catchpole
W1   
   1CDan
Bowden
12Jack
Roberts
C    
    CAled
Brew
13Matt
Smith
C    
   1WJeff
Williams
14Tom
Brady
W    
    FBDarren
Atkins
15George
Worth
FB    
Replacements
    RGabriel
Oghre
16George
McGuigan
RFL    
    RPMax
Lahiff
17Riccardo
Brugnara
R    
    RPKane
Palma-Newport
18Patrick
Cilliers
RP    
    RLTom
Ellis
19Tom
Croft
RL    
    RFLJosh
Bayliss
20Fred
Tuilagi
R8    
    RDarren
Allinson
21Sam
Harrison
RW    
    RWRhys
Priestland
22Oliver
Bryant
RC    
    RCRory
Jennings
23Charlie
Thacker
RW