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Bath Rugby triumph at Twickenham

Bath Rugby 27 v Leicester Tigers 21

Bath Rugby secured a dramatic 27-21 Aviva Premiership victory over top four rivals Leicester Tigers, in front of a crowd of 61,868 at The Clash at Twickenham Stadium.

It was Tigers who started brightly with the first try of the afternoon coming after just three minutes. Having taken advantage of an up and under from fly-half Freddie Burns, fullback Telusa Veainu used quick ball at the breakdown to release Brendon O’Connor, who evaded two tackles to cross the whitewash. 0-7

Veainu was at the centre of Leicester’s next scoring move, as he used his quick thinking to extend his sides lead. The Tongan international sent a deft chip over the top of the Bath defence and had the pace to chase and score in the corner with just 12 minutes gone on the clock. 0-12

Leicester were in no mood to surrender their advantage, but Bath fought their way back into the game, with George Ford at the heart of brilliant team try. Great work from Tom Ellis, Ford and Taulupe Faletau gave the home side the platform to build a dangerous attack. The ball was swept from right to left, with Ford sending a crucial looping pass to Jonathan Joseph and his international colleague did the rest. 7-12

Ford and Burns exchanged penalties in the last 15 minutes of the half to send the teams into the interval closely poised at 10-15.

Half-time – Bath Rugby 10-15 Leicester Tigers

Leicester started the second-half brightly with Burns calmly slotting a long range effort from the halfway line, but his opposite number Ford kept his side in contention with another three points of his own. 13-18

The game burst into life with 15 minutes left to go to the delight thousands of Blue, Black and White supporters, who were full of voice at the home of English Rugby. A delayed pass from Joseph freed up room for Faletau, who stormed through the Tigers’ defence and offloaded to the on-rushing Anthony Watson to score. 20-21

Leicester were put further on the back foot when winger JP Pietersen was sent to the sin-bin for a deliberate knock-on. Bath took full advantage of being a man to the good, as they went in front for the first time in the game courtesy of a piece of magic from Matt Banahan. Deep in the opposition half, Banahan used his trickery to dummy a pass inside and release Watson on the touchline. The fullback ensured it would be a day to remember for the home supporters, crossing the whitewas for the decisive score. 27-21

Bath held out the remaining minutes to ensure that the points would head back to the West Country and crown a fantastic day out with a victory at the home of English Rugby.

Final score – Bath Rugby 27-21 Leicester Tigers







Match details

Twickenham
Aviva Premiership
8 April 2017
KO 14:00

Attendance: 61,868
Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 10-15

Bath:
Tries: Joseph (20), Watson (67, 70)
Conversions: Ford (22, 68, 71)
Penalties: Ford (27, 50)
Tigers:
Tries: O'Connor (4), Veainu (11)
Conversions: Burns (5)
Penalties: Burns (30, 42, 65)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Tigers.

5'

Try for Tigers! Bath 0 - 5 Tigers

Brendon O'Connor scores for Tigers.

6'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Tigers

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Tigers.

12'

Try for Tigers! Bath 0 - 12 Tigers

Telusa Veainu scores for Tigers.

21'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 12 Tigers

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

23'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 12 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

28'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 12 Tigers

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

31'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 15 Tigers

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

42'

Substitution

George McGuigan replaces Tom Youngs for Tigers.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 10 - 15 Tigers.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

43'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 18 Tigers

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

48'

Substitution

Jack Roberts replaces Mathew Tait for Tigers.

50'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 18 Tigers

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Shaun Knight replaces Kane Palma-Newport for Bath.

61'

Substitution

David Denton replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

63'

Substitution

Mike Williams replaces Michael Fitzgerald for Tigers.

66'

Penalty Goal! Bath 13 - 21 Tigers

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

67'

Substitution

Owen Williams replaces Freddie Burns for Tigers.

67'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

68'

Try for Bath! Bath 18 - 21 Tigers

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

69'

Conversion! Bath 20 - 21 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

70'

Yellow Card!

Tigers lose JP Pietersen for ten minutes.

71'

Substitution

Harry Thacker replaces Luke Hamilton for Tigers.

71'

Try for Bath! Bath 25 - 21 Tigers

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

72'

Conversion! Bath 27 - 21 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Michele Rizzo replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Tigers.

73'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Fraser Balmain replaces Dan Cole for Tigers.

73'

Substitution

Ben White replaces Ben Youngs for Tigers.

76'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Beno Obano for ten minutes.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 27 - 21 Tigers.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford032012
Anthony Watson200010
Jonathan Joseph10005
Tigers Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns013011
Brendon O'Connor10005
Telusa Veainu10005
Bath v Tigers
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNathan
Catt
1Ellis
Genge
P    
    HRoss
Batty
2Tom
Youngs
H    
    PKane
Palma-Newport
3Dan
Cole
P    
    LCharlie
Ewels
4Dom
Barrow
L    
    LElliott
Stooke
5Graham
Kitchener
L    
    FLTom
Ellis
6Michael
Fitzgerald
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Brendon
O'Connor
FL1   
    8Taulupe
Faletau
8Luke
Hamilton
8    
    SHKahn
Fotuali'i
9Ben
Youngs
SH    
2 3 FHGeorge
Ford
10Freddie
Burns
FH 1 3
    WMatt
Banahan
11JP
Pietersen
W    
    CBen
Tapuai
12Maxime
Mermoz
C    
   1CJonathan
Joseph
13Mathew
Tait
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Adam
Thompstone
W    
   2FBAnthony
Watson
15Telusa
Veainu
FB1   
Replacements
    RChris
Brooker
16George
McGuigan
RH    
    RPBeno
Obano
17Michele
Rizzo
RSH    
    RPShaun
Knight
18Fraser
Balmain
RP    
    RFLDavid
Denton
19Mike
Williams
RFL    
    RZach
Mercer
20Harry
Thacker
R8    
    RSHChris
Cook
21Ben
White
RSH    
    RRhys
Priestland
22Owen
Williams
RFH    
    RTom
Homer
23Jack
Roberts
RC