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Tigers come out on top in Premiership Rugby Cup clash

Bath Rugby 7 v Leicester Tigers 18

Homegrown Gabriel Hamer-Webb and new recruit Lewis Boyce both made their starting debuts at the Rec in the 7-18 defeat against Leicester Tigers in the third round of the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Leicester controlled possession in the first half scoring two tries and whilst Bath remained focused it was the visitors who capitalised on their opportunities. 

Bath had the first scoring opportunity after five minutes, with Freddie Burns attempting a long-range shot at goal. However, the fly-half’s penalty drifted wide to leave the scores level. [0-0]

With 14 minutes on the clock, Leicester got the first points of the game after Bath were penalised for coming in at the side at the breakdown. Tom Hardwick made no mistake from the tee to give his side the lead.  [0-3]

Five minutes later Tigers added to their tally when Greg Bateman made a clean break through the Bath defence to setup a scoring opportunity. The loosehead prop found Tommy Reffell in support and the back rower having the simple task of touching down under the posts.  Hardwick hit the post with the conversion, to leave his side eight points in front. [0-8] 

The visitors showed little remorse controlling the possession and their persistence paid off with 13 minutes remaining in the half. It was Ben White, who scored Tigers’ second of the afternoon, as the scrum-half defied the best efforts of the Bath defence to wriggle his way over. Hardwick added the extras to extend his side’s advantage. [0-15] 

Bath nearly found their way in for a score of their own shortly before half-time. Josh Bayliss

made a superb jinking run from his own half up into the Tigers’ 22. However, Bath’s progress from the resulting penalty was halted, with referee Andrew Jackson blowing for an infringement at the maul five metres short of the try line.

Half-time – Bath Rugby 0-15 Leicester Tigers

The momentum shifted after the half-time team talks, as Levi Davis continued his rich vein of form scoring his third try in as many weeks. Following some strong pressure in defence, Davis capitalised as the winger jumped into the line to intercept a pass. Leicester had no answer to Davis’ pace, as the 21 year-old ran in from inside his own half to reduce the deficit on the scoreboard. Replacement Rhys Priestland added the extras. [7-15]

With just under 30 minutes to play, Leicester were reduced to 14 men, as Tatfu Polota-Nau was shown a red card for a dangerous tackle on Will Chudley.

Bath continued to search out a second try spending large parts of the second half in the opposition territory. However, the visitors managed to withstand sustained pressure with some resolute defence.

With 10 minutes remaining, Bath managed to break through the defensive line, as Tom Homer charged through from halfway. The full-back found Davis in support, but the winger was unable to find his earlier burst of pace, as he went down in the 22 clutching his hamstring. 

As a result, Davis was forced to leave the field, meaning both sides had to play out the final stages with 14 men.

Tom Hardwick put the result beyond doubt with a drop goal to ensure the points went back to Welford Road.

Full-time – Bath Rugby 7-18 Leicester Tigers

Match details

Recreation Ground
Premiership Rugby Cup
5 October 2019
KO 15:00

Attendance: 13,190
Referee: Andrew Jackson
Half Time score: 0-15

Bath:
Tries: Davis (44)
Conversions: Priestland (45)
Tigers:
Tries: Reffell (17), White (26)
Conversions: Hardwick (27)
Penalties: Hardwick (13)
Drop goals: Hardwick (79)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Tigers.

14'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 3 Tigers

Tom Hardwick kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

18'

Try for Tigers! Bath 0 - 8 Tigers

Tommy Reffell scores for Tigers.

27'

Try for Tigers! Bath 0 - 13 Tigers

Ben White scores for Tigers.

28'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 15 Tigers

Tom Hardwick with a conversion for Tigers.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 0 - 15 Tigers.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Jack Walker for Bath.

41'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Lewis Boyce for Bath.

41'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

41'

Substitution

Will Chudley replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

45'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 15 Tigers

Levi Davis scores for Bath.

45'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 15 Tigers

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

52'

Red Card!

Tatafu Polota-Nau sent off for Tigers.

54'

Substitution

Jake Kerr replaces Jonah Holmes for Tigers.

55'

Substitution

Sam Nixon replaces Christian Judge for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Charlie Ewels replaces Christian Judge for Bath.

57'

Substitution

Hanro Liebenberg replaces Adam Thompstone for Tigers.

59'

Substitution

Jamie Roberts replaces Max Wright for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Nephi Leatigaga replaces Joe Heyes for Tigers.

65'

Substitution

Harry Simmons replaces Ben White for Tigers.

65'

Substitution

Facundo Gigena replaces Ben White for Tigers.

69'

Substitution

Jack Davies replaces Mike Williams for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Ifereimi Boladau replaces Tommy Reffell for Tigers.

80'

Drop Goal! Bath 7 - 18 Tigers

Tom Hardwick scores for Tigers.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Tigers.

Final score: Bath 7 - 18 Tigers.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Levi Davis10005
Rhys Priestland01002
Tigers Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Hardwick01118
Tommy Reffell10005
Ben White10005
Bath v Tigers
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PLewis
Boyce
1Greg
Bateman
P    
    HJack
Walker
2Tatafu
Polota-Nau
H    
    PChristian
Judge
3Joe
Heyes
P    
    LLevi
Douglas
4Harry
Wells
L    
    LElliott
Stooke
5Calum
Green
L    
    FLMike
Williams
6Guy
Thompson
FL    
    FLJosh
Bayliss
7Tommy
Reffell
FL1   
    8Zach
Mercer
8Jordan
Coghlan
8    
    SHChris
Cook
9Ben
White
SH1   
    FHFreddie
Burns
10Tom
Hardwick
FH 111
    WGabriel
Hamer-Webb
11Jordan
Olowofela
W    
    CMax
Wright
12George
Worth
C    
    CMax
Clark
13Joe
Thomas
C    
   1WLevi
Davis
14Adam
Thompstone
W    
    FBTom
Homer
15Jonah
Holmes
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Jake
Kerr
RFB    
    RPBeno
Obano
17Facundo
Gigena
RSH    
    RPSam
Nixon
18Nephi
Leatigaga
RP    
    RPCharlie
Ewels
19Hanro
Liebenberg
RW    
    RFLJack
Davies
20Ifereimi
Boladau
RFL    
    RSHWill
Chudley
21Harry
Simmons
RSH    
  1 RFHRhys
Priestland
22Sam
Costelow
R    
    RCJamie
Roberts
23Freddie
Steward
R