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Frustration for Bath Rugby at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers 21 v Bath Rugby 11

Bath Rugby lost 21-11 to Leicester Tigers this afternoon in a frustrating Aviva Premiership encounter at Welford Road. 

Bath scored their only try in the seventh minute, following a spectacular dummy pass from Fijian scrum-half Niko Matawalu, which found Matt Banahan (on his 200th appearance for Bath). The winger then passed to the supporting Anthony Watson for a breathtaking team try. Fly-half George Ford's conversion attempt was inches wide of the upright. 0-5.

At the next scrum, the penalty went Tigers' way in an advantageous position for Tigers 10 Tommy Bell, who made it 3-5.

Bath were looking in with a strong chance of a try after half an hour, only to throw the winning pass straight into the grateful hands of the onrushing Telusa Veainu; the Tigers wing haring away for the score. Thanks to the chasing Ford, Veainu was only able to touch down in the corner, and the difficult conversion attempt was wide from Bell.  

However, Bell saw to it that he was on point with his next attempt at goal after crept offside in their own 22. 

Half time: Leicester Tigers 11-5 Bath Rugby

Three minutes into the second act, Ford added three points to the Bath score as the visitors won a scrum penalty. This was was followed up seven minutes later by an excellent penalty kick from the touchline, again by Ford, bringing the scores level. 11-11. 

Over an hour gone, Bell atoned for a horribly skewed penalty attempt minutes earlier, making it 14-11 with the tee from a central position. 

With fewer than ten minutes remaining, and Tigers' maul rumbling towards the Bath line, debutant David Denton was shown a yellow card as the visitors did all they could to prevent conceding the try. 

Whilst Tigers didn't score in the immediate aftermath, it was a Pyrrhic victory as England prop Dan Cole scored a try a couple of minutes that was adjudged by the TMO not to have been knocked on in the act. 

Bell was successful with his conversion from an awkward angle and Tigers held out till the final whistle, with Bath botching some good chances in the dying minutes. 

Full time: Leicester Tigers 21-11 Bath Rugby

Match details

Welford Road
Aviva Premiership
29 November 2015
KO 15:00

Attendance: 22,513
Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 11-5

Tigers:
Tries: Veainu (33), Cole (72)
Conversions: Bell (73)
Penalties: Bell (14, 37, 65)
Bath:
Tries: Watson (6)
Penalties: Ford (44, 50)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Tigers and Bath.

2'

Substitution

George Catchpole replaces Mathew Tait for Tigers.

7'

Try for Bath! Tigers 0 - 5 Bath

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

15'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 3 - 5 Bath

Tommy Bell kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

34'

Try for Tigers! Tigers 8 - 5 Bath

Telusa Veainu scores for Tigers.

38'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 11 - 5 Bath

Tommy Bell kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Tigers 11 - 5 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

45'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 11 - 8 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Sam Harrison replaces Ben Youngs for Tigers.

51'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 11 - 11 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

53'

Yellow Card!

Tigers lose Ed Slater for ten minutes.

55'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Nikola Matawalu for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Tom Croft replaces Lachlan McCaffrey for Tigers.

60'

Substitution

Nathan Catt replaces Nick Auterac for Bath.

62'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Graham Kitchener replaces Ed Slater for Tigers.

66'

Substitution

David Denton replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

66'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 14 - 11 Bath

Tommy Bell kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

66'

Substitution

Seremaia Bai replaces George Catchpole for Tigers.

66'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Tom Homer replaces Horacio Agulla for Bath.

73'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose David Denton for ten minutes.

73'

Try for Tigers! Tigers 19 - 11 Bath

Dan Cole scores for Tigers.

74'

Conversion! Tigers 21 - 11 Bath

Tommy Bell with a conversion for Tigers.

77'

Substitution

Greg Bateman replaces Tom Youngs for Tigers.

79'

Substitution

Matias Aguero replaces Marcos Ayerza for Tigers.

79'

Substitution

Fraser Balmain replaces Dan Cole for Tigers.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Tigers.

Final score: Tigers 21 - 11 Bath.

Tigers Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tommy Bell013011
Dan Cole10005
Telusa Veainu10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford00206
Anthony Watson10005
Tigers v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMarcos
Ayerza
1Nick
Auterac
P    
    HTom
Youngs
2Ross
Batty
H    
   1PDan
Cole
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LEd
Slater
4Stuart
Hooper
L    
    LMichael
Fitzgerald
5Tom
Ellis
L    
    FLMike
Williams
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLBrendon
O'Connor
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Lachlan
McCaffrey
8Leroy
Houston
8    
    SHBen
Youngs
9Nikola
Matawalu
SH    
3 1 FHTommy
Bell
10George
Ford
FH   2
   1WTelusa
Veainu
11Horacio
Agulla
W    
    CMatt
Smith
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
    CPeter
Betham
13Matt
Banahan
C    
    WAdam
Thompstone
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBMathew
Tait
15Anthony
Watson
FB1   
Replacements
    RHGreg
Bateman
16Tom
Dunn
RH    
    RPMatias
Aguero
17Nathan
Catt
RP    
    RPFraser
Balmain
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RLGraham
Kitchener
19David
Denton
RL    
    R8Tom
Croft
20Guy
Mercer
R    
    RSHSam
Harrison
21Chris
Cook
RSH    
    RSeremaia
Bai
22Rhys
Priestland
RC    
    RFBGeorge
Catchpole
23Tom
Homer
RW