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Bath Rugby suffer defeat at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers 17 v Bath Rugby 8

A last minute try from Ross Batty wasn't enough to keep Bath Rugby from suffering a 17-8 defeat at the hands of Leicester Tigers this afternoon in the Aviva Premiership.

A sweetly-struck penalty from George Ford on four minutes opened the scoring for Bath, but from then on the hosts slowly gained control.

A penalty attempt from Owen Williams came back off the post, and in the process of clearing-up, Bath were penalised, providing Williams with another, easier, shot at goal. 3-3.

The visitors found themselves on the wrong side of referee Matthew Carley throughout the first-half, and it was from a penalty that Leicester struck next as the ball was dispatched to touch by Williams. The driving maul, so often the weapon of choice for the Tigers, was set into action and hooker Tom Youngs was at the back to ground the ball. Williams missed the conversion, but the score tightened the home side's grip on the game. 8-3.

A penalty on the 20 minute mark extended the lead further for Tigers, but some outstanding, committed defending from Bath meant they were stopped from crossing the try-line again.

Instead, Bath thought they had the next score, but for it to be ruled out for a forward pass. The ball had been worked swiftly through the hands and into the 22, providing Sam Burgess with the opportunity to crash over from short range only for Carley to quickly decide to not award the score.

Ford had the opportunity to narrow the gap on the stroke of half-time but his kick drifted just wide of the upright.

Half-time: Leicester Tigers 8 – Bath Rugby 3.

A scrappy second-half ensued when both teams came back out, but Williams kept the scoreboard ticking over with two penalties on 45 and 60 minutes.

The set-piece became the focal point, with Bath gaining parity at both scrum-time and the lineout. Both Horacio Agulla and replacement Semesa Rokoduguni went close to scoring along the touchline following solid lineouts from Bath, only for both to be pushed into touch.

Bath were working hard to try and build some form of attacking momentum, searching for the gaps in the strong Tigers defence, but nothing seemed to be going their way.

There was no indication of the visitors giving up though, and as the game was entering its final minute, another lineout saw the Bath maul formed and determinedly forced its way over the line. Batty emerged from underneath the pile of bodies having touched the ball down, but Ford was unable to seal the losing bonus point with the conversion.

Final score: Leicester Tigers 17 – Bath Rugby 8.

Match details

Welford Road
Aviva Premiership
4 January 2015
KO 14:00

Referee: Matthew Carley
Half Time score: 11-3

Tigers:
Tries: Youngs (16)
Penalties: Williams (8, 20, 44, 59)
Bath:
Tries: Batty (79)
Penalties: Ford (4)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Tigers and Bath.

5'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 0 - 3 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

9'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 3 - 3 Bath

Owen Williams kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

11'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

17'

Try for Tigers! Tigers 8 - 3 Bath

Tom Youngs scores for Tigers.

21'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 11 - 3 Bath

Owen Williams kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

31'

Substitution

Michele Rizzo replaces Marcos Ayerza for Tigers.

37'

Substitution

Marcos Ayerza replaces Michele Rizzo for Tigers.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Tigers 11 - 3 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

45'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 14 - 3 Bath

Owen Williams kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

50'

Substitution

Micky Young replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

60'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 17 - 3 Bath

Owen Williams kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

60'

Substitution

Leroy Houston replaces Carl Fearns for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Semesa Rokoduguni replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Leonardo Ghiraldini replaces Tom Youngs for Tigers.

64'

Substitution

Robert Barbieri replaces Jordan Crane for Tigers.

66'

Substitution

Seremaia Bai replaces Anthony Allen for Tigers.

71'

Substitution

Sam Harrison replaces Ben Youngs for Tigers.

72'

Substitution

Michele Rizzo replaces Marcos Ayerza for Tigers.

74'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Owen Williams for Tigers.

75'

Substitution

Sebastian De Chaves replaces Graham Kitchener for Tigers.

77'

Substitution

Tizano Pasquali replaces Fraser Balmain for Tigers.

80'

Try for Bath! Tigers 17 - 8 Bath

Ross Batty scores for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Tigers.

Final score: Tigers 17 - 8 Bath.

Tigers Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Owen Williams004012
Tom Youngs10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Ross Batty10005
George Ford00103
Tigers v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMarcos
Ayerza
1Paul
James
P    
   1HTom
Youngs
2Rob
Webber
H    
    PFraser
Balmain
3David
Wilson
P    
    LGraham
Kitchener
4Stuart
Hooper
L    
    LGeoff
Parling
5Dave
Attwood
L    
    FLJamie
Gibson
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLJulian
Salvi
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Jordan
Crane
8Carl
Fearns
8    
    SHBen
Youngs
9Chris
Cook
SH    
4   FHOwen
Williams
10George
Ford
FH   1
    WMiles
Benjamin
11Matt
Banahan
W    
    CAnthony
Allen
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
    CVereniki
Goneva
13Sam
Burgess
C    
    WAdam
Thompstone
14Horacio
Agulla
W    
    FBMathew
Tait
15Anthony
Watson
FB    
Replacements
    RHLeonardo
Ghiraldini
16Ross
Batty
RH1   
    RPMichele
Rizzo
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPTizano
Pasquali
18Henry
Thomas
RP    
    RLSebastian
De Chaves
19Dominic
Day
RL    
    R8Robert
Barbieri
20Leroy
Houston
R8    
    RSHSam
Harrison
21Micky
Young
RSH    
    RFHFreddie
Burns
22Ollie
Devoto
RC    
    RCSeremaia
Bai
23Semesa
Rokoduguni
RW