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Strong Bath Rugby performance edge out Leicester Tigers

Bath Rugby 13 v Leicester Tigers 10

Bath Rugby put on a strong defensive performance to edge Leicester Tigers out 13-10 in Round 9 of the Gallagher Premiership. 

A brace from full-back Tom Homer provided the hosts with a crucial four points, which keeps Bath Rugby in sixth place, just two points adrift of Gloucester in fourth. 

The hosts gained an early advantage with Rhys Priestland pinning Leicester in the right areas of the field and the Blue, Black and White were able to breach the whitewash just four minutes into the match. Referee Wayne Barnes played advantage to the hosts and Chris Cook saw the space out wide, with Homer benefitting in the corner. [5-0]

In a tightly contested midfield battle, both sides began to adopt a kicking game in an attempt to gain good field position.

The visitors put on the pressure during the latter end of the first-half with some good play from their forward pack, with Will Spencer carrying well. Leicester managed to keep battering the Bath try line but after some incredible defence, and 15 consecutive phases from the visitors, the hosts came away unscathed. 

However, following all their hard work, Barnes went back for the penalty advantage and Tom Hardwick took full advantage, drilling his effort through the posts from 10 metres out to close the gap. [5-3]

The two sides headed down the tunnel on an even keel with Bath just edging the tie at the break.

Half-time – Bath Rugby 5-3 Leicester Tigers 

The two sides came out the with the same intensity but it was the hosts again who edged themselves further into the lead with a penalty from the boot of Priestland. [8-3]

After failing to get themselves over the whitewash in the first-half, Leicester came close just 50 minutes into the game. Hardwick dictated play by pinning Bath deep into their own 22 and the forward pack did the rest in the 22, but Tigers had the ball held up over the line from a powerful driving maul with Bath’s defence holding strong.

Following the first failed attempt, the visitors kept the ball rolling from a five-metre scrum. After the forwards brought the ball close, it was scrum-half Ben White who pounced over the whitewash from close range to level the scores at the hour mark. Hardwick converted his effort to give Leicester the lead for the first time. [8-10]

Just nine minutes later the hosts responded in the best way possible: aw try in the corner as the Rec erupted. Homer was again on the scoresheet and the beneficiary of some quick play out wide. Will Chudley and Freddie Burns opened up the line allowing the full back enough space to crash through two tackles and dive over in the corner. [13-10]

Bath applied pressure in the dying moments of the game and came close to scoring a third, but the visitors held out in true fashion as the Blue, Black and White secured a crucial four-point win over their age-old rivals at the Rec.

Full-time – Bath Rugby 13-10 Leicester Tigers

Bath Rugby have a two week break from games before heading on the road to face Worcester Warriors on Saturday 15th February.

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
25 January 2020
KO 15:00

Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Half Time score: 5-3

Bath:
Tries: Homer (3, 69)
Penalties: Priestland (46)
Tigers:
Tries: White (59)
Conversions: Hardwick (60)
Penalties: Hardwick (23)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Tigers.

4'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 0 Tigers

Tom Homer scores for Bath.

17'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Aled Brew for Bath.

24'

Penalty Goal! Bath 5 - 3 Tigers

Tom Hardwick kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 5 - 3 Tigers.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

47'

Penalty Goal! Bath 8 - 3 Tigers

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

52'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Josh Bayliss for ten minutes.

52'

Substitution

Greg Bateman replaces Facundo Gigena for Tigers.

52'

Substitution

Will Chudley replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Josh Matavesi replaces Jackson Willison for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Tatafu Polota-Nau replaces Tom Youngs for Tigers.

60'

Try for Tigers! Bath 8 - 8 Tigers

Ben White scores for Tigers.

61'

Conversion! Bath 8 - 10 Tigers

Tom Hardwick with a conversion for Tigers.

64'

Substitution

Sam Nixon replaces Christian Judge for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Josh Bayliss for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Ifereimi Boladau replaces Will Spencer for Tigers.

68'

Substitution

Lewis Boyce replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Noel Reid replaces Kyle Eastmond for Tigers.

70'

Try for Bath! Bath 13 - 10 Tigers

Tom Homer scores for Bath.

71'

Substitution

Tommy Reffell replaces Jordan Taufua for Tigers.

73'

Substitution

George Worth replaces Jaco Taute for Tigers.

78'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Taulupe Faletau for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Joe Heyes replaces Dan Cole for Tigers.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 13 - 10 Tigers.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Homer200010
Rhys Priestland00103
Tigers Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Ben White10005
Tom Hardwick01105
Bath v Tigers
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PBeno
Obano
1Facundo
Gigena
P    
    HJack
Walker
2Tom
Youngs
H    
    PChristian
Judge
3Dan
Cole
P    
    LJosh
McNally
4Tomas
Lavanini
L    
    LElliott
Stooke
5Will
Spencer
L    
    FLMike
Williams
6Harry
Wells
FL    
    FLJosh
Bayliss
7Jordan
Taufua
FL    
    8Taulupe
Faletau
8Sione
Kalamafoni
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Ben
White
SH1   
1   FHRhys
Priestland
10Tom
Hardwick
FH 1 1
    WAled
Brew
11Jordan
Olowofela
W    
    WRuaridh
McConnochie
11Jordan
Olowofela
W    
    CJackson
Willison
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
    CMax
Wright
13Jaco
Taute
C    
    WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Jonah
Holmes
W    
   2FBTom
Homer
15Telusa
Veainu
FB    
Replacements
    RTom
Doughty
16Tatafu
Polota-Nau
RH    
    RPLewis
Boyce
17Greg
Bateman
RP    
    RPSam
Nixon
18Joe
Heyes
RP    
    R8Matt
Garvey
19Ifereimi
Boladau
RL    
    RFLTom
Ellis
20Tommy
Reffell
RFL    
    RSHWill
Chudley
21Harry
Simmons
R    
    RWFreddie
Burns
22Noel
Reid
RC    
    RCJosh
Matavesi
23George
Worth
RC