Shock-and-awe Bath Rugby nil Tigers

Bath Rugby 45 v Leicester Tigers 0

Bath Rugby inflicted their biggest ever defeat on Leicester Tigers in front of a record-breaking crowd of 12,817 at the Rec, scoring 45 points to Tigers’ zero.

Less than ten minutes had passed before wing Semesa Rokoduguni had scored his fourth try in three matches, his midfield quick to recycle the ball to the Bath danger man. Ford’s conversion curved delightfully through the posts. 7-0.

Bath’s pack, which had already shown glimpses of it gaining the upper hand, made good on that promise when a hefty shove earned Bath a penalty on 12 minutes. Ford rewarded his forwards with an extra three points. 10-0.

The home side’s shock-and-awe tactics continued as Bath found themselves on the scoresheet six minutes later, Jonathan Joseph piercing the Tigers defence for his side’s second try, which Ford converted. 17-0.

Fully into their stride by now, the men in Blue, Black and White were running some clever lines, their attack starting to click. Ford saw to it that the scoreboard kept ticking over with a smart drop goal just past the half-hour mark. 20-0.

That drop goal was followed by another Ford three-pointer after Bath’s scrum showed it was worth its weight in gold as it won its umpteenth penalty of the day. 23-0.

Half time: Bath Rugby 23-0 Leicester Tigers

Tigers started the opening minutes of the second half brightly, but brought down a Bath maul illegally to incur another punitive three points from Ford. 26-0.

One of the moments of the match were to come ten minutes into the second half, though, when Bath turned Tigers over inside the home 22. Joseph made to run outside his man, but instead stepped back inside two defenders and sprinted almost the length of the field before being hauled down.

Joseph’s supporting runners worked incredibly hard in support, with Eastmond the one to finally to benefit, touching down for Bath’s fifth try. Ford’s conversion rebounded off the upright. 31-0.

In the 63rd minute, replacement wing Olly Woodburn latched onto Ford’s high kick into space in Leicester’s half. Woodburn passed back inside to the oncoming Leroy Houston, who was brought down, but in doing so managed to offload back to Woodburn, who cut inside Mathew Tait to score under the posts. Ford then made it 38-0.

The coup de grace, six minutes from time, saw a fumbled Bath lineout in their own 22m become a blessing in disguise. Replacement scrum-half Peter Stringer gathered and popped to Rokoduguni. Sensing weakness in Tigers’ defence, the winger sidestepped with apparent ease the immediate defenders and strode away. The move ended with Stringer touching down and a Ford conversion ensuring Bath’s biggest victory against their East Midlands rivals. 

Full time: Bath Rugby 45-0 Leicester Tigers

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
20 September 2014
KO 15:15

Attendance: 12,817
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Half Time score: 23-0

Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni (8), Joseph (17), Eastmond (46), Woodburn (65), Stringer (73)
Conversions: Ford (9, 18, 67, 74)
Penalties: Ford (12, 35, 43)
Drop goals: Ford (32)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Tigers.

9'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Tigers

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

10'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 0 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

13'

Penalty Goal! Bath 10 - 0 Tigers

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

18'

Try for Bath! Bath 15 - 0 Tigers

Jonathan Joseph scores for Bath.

19'

Conversion! Bath 17 - 0 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

21'

Substitution

Alafoti Faosiliva replaces Carl Fearns for Bath.

22'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Alafoti Faosiliva for Bath.

23'

Substitution

Alafoti Faosiliva replaces Carl Fearns for Bath.

33'

Drop Goal! Bath 20 - 0 Tigers

George Ford scores for Bath.

34'

Substitution

Olly Woodburn replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

35'

Substitution

Sebastian De Chaves replaces Geoff Parling for Tigers.

36'

Penalty Goal! Bath 23 - 0 Tigers

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 23 - 0 Tigers.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Geoff Parling replaces Sebastian De Chaves for Tigers.

44'

Penalty Goal! Bath 26 - 0 Tigers

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

47'

Try for Bath! Bath 31 - 0 Tigers

Kyle Eastmond scores for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Riccardo Brugnara replaces Logovi'i Mulipola for Tigers.

50'

Substitution

Sam Harrison replaces Matt Smith for Tigers.

50'

Substitution

Tom Youngs replaces Leonardo Ghiraldini for Tigers.

52'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Jonathan Joseph for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Sebastian De Chaves replaces Geoff Parling for Tigers.

57'

Substitution

Dominic Day replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Leonardo Ghiraldini replaces Tom Youngs for Tigers.

60'

Substitution

David Mélé replaces Ben Youngs for Tigers.

60'

Substitution

Stuart Hooper replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Peter Stringer replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Tiziano Pasquali replaces Fraser Balmain for Tigers.

65'

Substitution

Robert Barbieri replaces Jordan Crane for Tigers.

66'

Try for Bath! Bath 36 - 0 Tigers

Olly Woodburn scores for Bath.

68'

Conversion! Bath 38 - 0 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Javiah Pohe replaces Freddie Burns for Tigers.

71'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Nick Auterac for ten minutes.

73'

Substitution

Dave Attwood replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

74'

Try for Bath! Bath 43 - 0 Tigers

Peter Stringer scores for Bath.

75'

Conversion! Bath 45 - 0 Tigers

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

78'

Red Card!

David Mélé sent off for Tigers.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 45 - 0 Tigers.