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Unbeaten start to season ended at Welford Road for Bath Rugby

Leicester Tigers 34 v Bath Rugby 14

Bath Rugby's unbeaten start to the Aviva Premiership season came to an end today, as Leicester Tigers beat them 34-14 at Welford Road.

A penalty from the boot of Owen Williams was just rewards for the home side after they applied phase after phase of pressure in the opening minutes. They backed it up after a quarter of an hour with a well-worked try from Brendan O’Connor. The flanker was on hand to finish a move started by Peter Betham, who danced down the touchline and found Telusa Veainu in support. The fullback played the link-man role, and O’Connor cantered over the line. 8-0.

A further three points from a scrum penalty extended the home side’s lead, but Bath hit back in fine style shortly after with a blistering try from Semesa Rokoduguni. George Ford looped the ball high in the air, and Rokoduguni leapt highest to claim it, beating JP Pietersen the ball catch. From 40 metres, the winger broke clear of the Tigers defence and slid over the line. Ford added the extra two points from the tee. 11-7.

Leicester, buoyed by their loud home support, kept the pressure on, pressing Bath back into their own half. Another penalty from the boot of Williams on the stroke of half-time extended the lead again.

Half-time: Leicester Tigers 14 – Bath Rugby 7

Bath had looked firmly in the game despite the late score in the first-half, but Leicester came out from the break full of intent. Two penalties within five metres of the try line were sent to touch, and a familiar sight soon followed - the Leicester forwards driving the maul towards the line, and Tom Youngs crashing over for the score under a pile of bodies. Williams added the conversion, followed in quick succession by two further penalties, giving the home side a 20 point advantage going into the final 15 minutes. 27-7.

Replacement Tom Dunn reduced the deficit with a try on the 69th minute – a lovely one-two with Matt Garvey at the lineout paying dividends for the young hooker, who powered through his opposite number for his first try in Bath colours. Ford added the conversion.

Leicester were in imperious form though, and sealed the win with a third try – Ed Slater crossing the whitewash after a series of pick and goes from the forwards. Freddie Burns was on target with a drop-goal conversion to take the home side to fourth in the table.

Final score: Leicester Tigers 34 – Bath Rugby 14.

Match details

Welford Road
Aviva Premiership
25 September 2016
KO 15:00

Attendance: 20,134
Referee: Matthew Carley
Half Time score: 14-7

Tigers:
Tries: O'Connor (13), Youngs (44), Slater (77)
Conversions: Williams (45), Burns (78)
Penalties: Williams (5, 20, 39, 59, 61)
Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni (22), Dunn (67)
Conversions: Ford (23, 68)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Tigers and Bath.

6'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 3 - 0 Bath

Owen Williams kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

14'

Try for Tigers! Tigers 8 - 0 Bath

Brendon O'Connor scores for Tigers.

21'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 11 - 0 Bath

Owen Williams kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

23'

Try for Bath! Tigers 11 - 5 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

24'

Conversion! Tigers 11 - 7 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

40'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 14 - 7 Bath

Owen Williams kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Tigers 14 - 7 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Jack Roberts replaces JP Pietersen for Tigers.

44'

Substitution

Aled Brew replaces Dan Bowden for Bath.

45'

Substitution

Ed Slater replaces Mike Williams for Tigers.

45'

Try for Tigers! Tigers 19 - 7 Bath

Tom Youngs scores for Tigers.

46'

Conversion! Tigers 21 - 7 Bath

Owen Williams with a conversion for Tigers.

52'

Substitution

Mike Williams replaces Ed Slater for Tigers.

52'

Substitution

Ellis Genge replaces Marcos Ayerza for Tigers.

52'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

56'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

60'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 24 - 7 Bath

Owen Williams kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

62'

Penalty Goal! Tigers 27 - 7 Bath

Owen Williams kicks a penalty goal for Tigers.

63'

Substitution

Ed Slater replaces Michael Fitzgerald for Tigers.

63'

Substitution

Zach Mercer replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Sam Harrison replaces Ben Youngs for Tigers.

67'

Substitution

Greg Bateman replaces Dan Cole for Tigers.

68'

Try for Bath! Tigers 27 - 12 Bath

Tom Dunn scores for Bath.

69'

Conversion! Tigers 27 - 14 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Owen Williams for Tigers.

73'

Substitution

George McGuigan replaces Tom Youngs for Tigers.

73'

Substitution

Will Homer replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

77'

Substitution

Will Evans replaces Lachlan McCaffrey for Tigers.

78'

Try for Tigers! Tigers 32 - 14 Bath

Ed Slater scores for Tigers.

79'

Conversion! Tigers 34 - 14 Bath

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Tigers.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Tigers.

Final score: Tigers 34 - 14 Bath.

Tigers Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Owen Williams015017
Tom Youngs10005
Brendon O'Connor10005
Ed Slater10005
Freddie Burns01002
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Tom Dunn10005
George Ford02004
Tigers v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PMarcos
Ayerza
1Nathan
Catt
P    
   1HTom
Youngs
2Ross
Batty
H    
    PDan
Cole
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LMichael
Fitzgerald
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
    LGraham
Kitchener
5Dave
Attwood
L    
    FLMike
Williams
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
   1FLBrendon
O'Connor
7Tom
Ellis
FL    
    8Lachlan
McCaffrey
8Leroy
Houston
8    
    SHBen
Youngs
9Kahn
Fotuali'i
SH    
5 1 FHOwen
Williams
10George
Ford
FH 2  
    WJP
Pietersen
11Anthony
Watson
W    
    CMathew
Tait
12Dan
Bowden
C    
    CPeter
Betham
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WAdam
Thompstone
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W1   
    FBTelusa
Veainu
15Tom
Homer
FB    
Replacements
    RHGeorge
McGuigan
16Tom
Dunn
RH1   
    RPEllis
Genge
17Beno
Obano
RP    
    RPGreg
Bateman
18Max
Lahiff
RP    
   1RFLEd
Slater
19Elliott
Stooke
RL    
    R8Will
Evans
20Zach
Mercer
R8    
    RSHSam
Harrison
21Will
Homer
RSH    
  1 RFHFreddie
Burns
22Aled
Brew
RC    
    RWJack
Roberts
23Jeff
Williams
R