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Summary

  1. O'Connor, Tom Youngs and Slater tries for Leicester
  2. Williams adds five penalties for Tigers
  3. Rokoduguni and Dunn score Bath's tries
  4. FT: Leicester 34-14 Bath

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By Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Thank you all for joining us this afternoon and across the weekend for round four of the Premiership.

That's it from us but we'll be back next weekend starting with a double header on Friday night.

See you then!

'I think we can get better'

FT: Leicester 34-14 Bath

Richard Cockerill
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Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill on BT Sport:

"It was a proper game of rugby. We brought attacking flair, angst in defence and good physicality. That was the real Leicester Tigers today.

"We didn't let Bath get into their rhythm and we looked after the ball well.

"We seem to find a way of letting sides back into the game but credit to the boys. We never looked like losing the game."

'We're in a perfect position'

FT: Leicester 34-14 Bath

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Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder speaking on BT Sport:

"Leicester were great today and deserved the win. They put a lot of pressure on our breakdown and we probably didn't have enough options.

"George Ford is a fighter and did everything he could but he probably didn't have enough options to play out of those difficult positions.

"The effort was there but the skill and execution wasn't quite right. Our breakdown work especially in the last 20 minutes wasn't good enough to win the game.

"We're in a perfect position. We have a young exciting team and we're growing."

Round Four

FT: Leicester 34-14 Bath

So Leicester's convincing victory brings an end to round four in the Premiership. 

Here are the weekend's other scores in case you missed them:

Worcester 34-34 Sale Sharks

Northampton 15-20 Wasps

Harlequins 17-10 Saracens

Gloucester 13-18 Newcastle

Bristol 17-41 Exeter

Stay with us as we bring you all the reaction from Richard Cockerill and Todd Blackadder.

Full-time

Leicester 34-14 Bath

Leicester celebrate
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Richard Cockerill will be extremely happy with that performance by Leicester as they inflict a first defeat of the season on Bath.

The men from the South West looked out of sorts today and they suffer their biggest Premiership defeat since December 2012.

Having started the weekend in first place, they fall to third in the table.

Leicester finish where they started in fourth place.

Try (Slater, con Burns)

Leicester 34-14 Bath

Ed Slater
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Leicester with a string of penalties and there's no shot at goal as they muscle their way over through Ed Slater.

Freddie Burns, with a quick drop-kick, adds the extras and the players sprint back to the halfway line.

Leicester want a fourth try before the afternoon's over.

Leicester 27-14 Bath

Freddie Burns has certainly made an impact and he's showing no signs of illness here.

Another superb kick keeps Bath in their own 22, not where they need to be playing their rugby.

And Tigers win the penalty as Bath are pulled for not releasing.

Leicester 27-14 Bath

Anthony Watson
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Leicester can't afford to let Bath settle here.

There may only be eight minutes left but they look up for the challenge.

But just as Bath look to launch their attack, Leicester turn it over on halfway and Freddie Burns fires a great kick to pin Bath right back in their own half.

Leicester 27-14 Bath

Leicester have a 13-point cushion but this will be a test for them.

With 10 minutes to go Freddie Burns comes on to the field to take over at 10 having felt unwell after a knock last week.

And bath have turnover ball as Tigers knock on in midfield. 

Try (Dunn, con Ford)

Leicester 27-14 Bath

Out of nowhere Bath have a glimmer of hope.

They secure easy ball from the line-out and Tom Dunn powers over the line for his first Premiership try.

And, after a rocky afternoon, George Ford slots a difficult touchline kick right through the middle.

Bath have given themselves a chance here...

Leicester 27-7 Bath

Mike Williams
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Leicester's pressure is telling once again as they force Bath into a sloppy handling error. 

Matt Banahan knocks on this time and, after 65 minutes, Leicester have their first scrum of the game.

You won't believe me I know.

Leicester 27-7 Bath

We're with the TMO at the moment.

Anthony Watson with a dramatic dive for the line, which he duly dropped, and we're checking on the restart.

The referee though has overuled the TMO and it's a 22 metre dropout.

Penalty (Williams)

Leicester 27-7 Bath

Owen Williams
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George Ford is not enjoying the best of afternoons in front of the England boss Eddie Jones.

He throws a wild pass and Leicester are all over it, winning the penalty for their efforts.

It's a 20-point game now and Bath don't seem to have an answer.

Penalty (Williams)

Leicester 24-7 Bath

But 60 seconds after missing, he makes sure of this one and Leicester do have their three points.

The lead is out to 17, Bath will have to come up with something special here.

20 minutes to go...

Missed penalty (Williams)

Leicester 21-7 Bath

Owen Williams
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It's not been the finest kicking display from either sides this afternooon and Owen Williams misses another from the tee.

Leicester 21-7 Bath

The pace of the game has slowed here as Leicester put in a mighty shove at the scrum and win the penalty.

And it draws the biggest cheer of the day from the crowd, they do like their forwards at Welford Road.

Leicester 21-7 Bath

Eddie Jones
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Eddie Jones is with us this afternoon at Welford Road, but I imagine George Ford will be hoping he had his back turned for that one.

Bath are back on the attack though, as they secure the line-out deep inside their own half. 

Dan Cole gives away a blatant penalty right in front of the referee and this could be a chance for Bath to get something going.

Missed penalty (Ford)

Leicester 21-7 Bath

Oh dear.

Marcos Ayerza is penalised for not rolling away, but George Ford strikes an easy kick against the post.

It doesn't look like it's going to be Bath's afternoon...

52: Bath respond with sustained pressure. They win a penalty but Ford strikes post on easy attempt.

Leicester 21-7 Bath

So the start of the second half is a carbon copy of the first.

Bath have spent far more time defending than attacking in this game, and they need to explore more options if they're going to break down this Leicester defence.

Dave Atwood brings them up to the 22 as they enter their ninth phase.

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Leicester 21-7 Bath

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Try (T Youngs, con Williams)

Leicester 21-7 Bath

Tom Youngs
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Turns out it was the right option.

Leicester secure the line-out and from that, in typical Tigers fashion, captain Tom Youngs pushes over for the try.

Owen Williams slots the extras and Leicester have a healthy lead.

Leicester 14-7 Bath

There's a lengthy discussion going on as Leicester decide whether to take a shot at goal or not.

But the line-out option has won. 

Phew, I wasn't sure if we were ever going to get back to the rugby.

Leicester 14-7 Bath

Leicester attack
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Leicester are pressing at the start of the second half.

They're using the forwards to get on the front foot before moving the ball out wide.

And they've drawn the penalty too as Bath are penalised for offside.

Leicester 14-7 Bath

Leicester have made a change at half time, which we believe is tactical. 

JP Pietersen is replaced by Jack Roberts and Peter Betham moves to the wing.

Second half

Leicester 14-7 Bath

George Ford gets us underway in the second half.

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HT: Leicester 14-7 Bath

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HT: Leicester 14-7 Bath

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Half-time

Leicester 14-7 Bath

Tom Youngs
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It was all Leicester for the first 20 minutes, as Owen Williams got the scoreboard ticking before Brendon O'Connor crossed after an electric break from Telusa Veainu.

But Bath clawed their way back into the game through a piece of brilliance from Semesa Rokoduguni.

Williams made it a seven-point lead just before the hooter, and you would think Richard Cockerill will be the happier of the two coaches at the break.

Penalty (Williams)

Leicester 14-7 Bath

With 30 seconds left in the half, Owen Williams slots an easy kick to stretch Tigers' lead to seven points.

Leicester 11-7 Bath

Ben Youngs
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JP Pietersen sees a huge gap in the Bath defence and sets off. He decides against passing though with Peter Betham on his outside and he's brought down five metres short of the line.

Leicester recycle the ball and Matthew Tait goes for the kick out to Betham on the right wing.

But we go back for the penalty and Leicester will have the chance to extend their lead.

Leicester 11-7 Bath

Leicester will want to end his half how they started it as Telusa Veainu shows some brilliant footwork to make a half-break.

The crowd are on their feet but Mike Williams loses possession and the pressure is lost.

Tigers struggled with turnovers in their last outing and against Wasps so there could be some stern words from Richard Cockerill at the interval.

Leicester 11-7 Bath

Bath attack
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Bath are back in possession on the half-way line as George Ford chooses to kick, but Telusa Veainu slices the clearance and Bath have a line-out in a good position.

Tom Ellis is penalised for getting himself in the wrong position though and Tigers escape.

Missed penalty (Ford)

Leicester 11-7 Bath

Three easy points missed there, and the difference stays at four.

Leicester 11-7 Bath

The momentum has certainly swung Bath's way as the Welford Road crowd have gone quiet.

George Ford's kick for the try may not have gone to plan, but his next two have been sublime.

His cross-field kick finds Semesa Rokoduguni once again but he's wrapped up by the Leicester defence.

Try (Rokoduguni, con Ford)

Leicester 11-7 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni
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Bath have been completely outplayed so far this afternoon but they've come up with a try courtesy of a superb piece of skill.

George Ford's high kick looked to have been sliced but Semesa Rokoduguni plucks the ball out of the air and powers over the line. 

A sensational finish means his team are right back in this game.

Penalty (Williams)

Leicester 11-0 Bath

But the penalty goes against Bath, the referee giving Marcos Ayerza the nod this time .

Henry Thomas is adjudged to have collapsed the scrum and Owen Williams extend's Leicester's lead.

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Leicester 8-0 Bath

14 mins in and basically Dave Attwood needs to be in the England squad.

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Leicester 8-0 Bath

Leicester have been utterly dominant so far and they finally have a try to show for it.

Bath need to find a way into this game before it gets away from them.

They have a scrum on half way, but Marcos Ayerza ends up on the floor and we'll reset.

Try (O'Connor, missed con Williams)

Leicester 8-0 Bath

Brendon O'Connor
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A vintage Leicester try.

They steal the ball at the lineout, and Telusa Veainu sets off down the field.

He offloads to Peter Betham who flings the ball inside to Brendon O'Connor and he crosses the whitewash.

Owen Williams' kick hits the post but Leicester are eight points to the good.

Leicester 3-0 Bath

George Ford finally gets Bath some field position as he kicks to touch from the scrum penalty.

They're starting to find some fluency now as Ford looks to control the game with ball in hand.

He's using every blade of grass at Welford Road as he puts an intelligent kick into the corner.