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By Alex Winter

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Leicester 23-27 Bath

Well that ends a fabulous opening weekend of the new Premiership season.

We've seen shock results for Gloucester, London Irish and here for Bath but the champions Saracens laid down a very strong marker.

Join us next weekend where Bath host Saracens and there's the small matter of the East Midlands Derby.

Leicester 23-27 Bath

George Ford makes a losing return to Leicester and their glittering back-line were largely shut down today by a fine physical Bath performance who defended with exceptional discipline.

Many questioned whether Leicester had added enough up front to serve their stars behind the pack and on this evidence, they haven't. Comprehensively outplayed by the Bath back-row.

George Ford
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Leicester 16-27 Bath

Bath have held on and what a win, a first victory at Welford Road since 2003 and just their second in the Premiership.

Leicester made a late comeback and had Bath on the stretch in the final 10 minutes but ultimately it was too late and Bath were good value for the win.


Leicester 23-27 Bath

Tigers kick to the corner and this is the last play of the game...

But the line-out is lost! Bath scramble the ball back and smash the ball off the park.

Sin-bin (Banahan)

This is crazy. Telusa Veainu makes a break from the restart and have Bath scrambling - Matt Banahan is done for killing the ball and he's off.

Leicester into the Bath 22...

Try (May, con Ford)

Leicester 23-27

It was coming as Leicester sent phase after phase at the Bath line. Matt Banahan and then Jonathan Joseph make try-saving tackles but the space eventually opens up for Jonny May to score his second try in the left corner.

This time George Ford nails a beauty from touch.

Is there time for Leicester to steal this?

Leicester 16-27 Bath

Leicester hammering away at the Bath line...

Sin-bin (Garvey)

Goodness, another high-tackle and Bath captain Matt Garvey now goes to the bin.

Bath with 13.

Try (May, missed con Ford)

Leicester 16-27 Bath

Oh goodness me Leicester what is going on. Twice in a minute, balls are dropped with the line begging.

First Graham Kitchener and then Harry Thacker.

But back they come and Jonny May is released down the left-hand touchline and he's over for his first score in a Leicester shirt.

Unfortunately for Tigers, George Ford misses a very kickable conversion - Bath fans will know about that all too well.

Sin-bin (Fotuali'i)

Leicester 11-27 Bath

Well, here's a lifeline for Leicester. A high-tackle is called against Khan Fotuali'i and Luke Pearce sends him to the sin-bin saying that's the fourth such infringement from the visitors.

Bath will have to see this out with 14 men.

Leicester 11-27 Bath

Leicester again going a little too cute when Bath are scrambling in their 22. Max Clark picks off a loose pass and hacks up field and had Matt Banahan gathered the ball off the turf cleanly, the game would have been over.

Tigers just about still alive but they need to score three times.

Leicester 11-27 Bath

Not much of this half has been played in Bath territory. Leicester finally get a chance to go deep into the opposition 22 with a line-out.

But not for the first time today, the Bath pack wins the battle and it's the visitors who get the scrum and clear.

Penalty (Priestland)

Leicester 11-27 Bath

Again, it's Dan Cole penalised at the scrum and Rhys Priestland nudges the visitors further ahead again.

Bath fans surely getting excited now of ending this long wait for a win at Welford Road.

Leicester 11-24 Bath

Fabulous chase from the restart sees Bath immediately force a turnover and then a penalty.

They kick to the corner but again can't convert with a series of pick-and-drives.

It will be another scrum five yards out though.

Penalty (Ford)

Leicester 11-24 Bath

George Ford steps away from two defenders before Ben Youngs finds space and skips towards the Bath 22.

He's taken down by a high-tackle from Rhys Priestland but it's only a penalty.

Ford knocks it over from bang in front.

Penalty (Priestland)

Leicester 8-24 Bath

Tom Dunn (right)
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Dan Cole has not been on long at tighthead and he's penalised here giving Rhys Priestland an easy chance to extend Bath's lead.

An excellent start to the second half from Bath.

Leicester 8-21 Bath

Dominic Barrow is marginally called for a forward-movement in a "tackle" and Bath are back in the Leicester 22.

It's a very good maul and they batter away at the try line, Matt Banahan goes for the decisive carry but is just held up under the posts. Scrum five Bath.

Leicester 8-21 Bath

Breakdown penalty against Leicester No. 8 Sione Kalamafoni gives Bath the chance to get into the Tigers 22 but a crooked throw this time gives the home side an easy out from a tricky spot.

Leicester 8-21 Bath

Tigers on the front-foot early in the half and Bath are forced to defend a five-yard line-out. Leicester take the jumper out in the air and the danger is averted.


Leicester 8-21 Bath

George Ford gets us back under way with Leicester having work to do to get back in the game here.

Bath have been here before with half-time leads at Welford Road over the past 10 years, can they finish the job here?

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HT: Leicester 8-21 Bath

Andrew Priestley: Leicester Tigers doing a fantastic self-sabotage job in the latter stages of the first half

What did you make of the first 40 minutes, folks?

HT: Leicester 8-21 Bath

Dave Egerton

Former Bath and England number eight on BBC Radio Bristol

Bath have come up to Welford Road and taken the game to Leicester. They weathered the storm and took the lead when they finally got themselves organised. They've taken their chances when they've got them.

Leicester will be shocked by the intensity of Bath. George Ford and Leicester have been trying too hard and being a little too intricate.


Leicester 8-21 Bath

Just a little short on top-class quality but an entertaining first 40.

When Manu Tuilagi went over, Leicester looked well-placed to kick-on and take control of the game but Bath have taken advantage of errors to score three times through Max Clark's brace and Semesa Rokoduguni.

Bath have only won once in the Premiership at Welford Road - way back in November 2003. Can they end the run here?

Ford at fault?

Leicester 8-21 Bath

Dave Egerton

Former Bath and England number eight on BBC Radio Bristol

Leicester are certainly not as strong up front as we all thought they would be.

But how much was that a mistake by George Ford, really?

He might just be trying to impress the home fans a bit too much, to his side's detriment.

Try (Rokoduguni, con Priestland)

Leicester 8-21 Bath

Tigers playing cute in the Bath 22 with Ben Youngs and George Ford trying ambitious offloads. The latter is intercepted by Semesa Rokoduguni who sets off 80 yards from the line.

Telusa Veainu and Jonny May give chase but the big Bath man has the gas,

Extraordinary, a third try for Bath and a good lead approaching half-time.

Try (Clark, con Priestland)

Leicester 8-14 Bath

Bath celebrate
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Telusa Veainu called for being off-side at a ruck on half-way. Rhys Priestland finds the corner and despite the maul going down straight away, Bath pick and drive along the try line and eventually a pass inside finds Max Clark and he's in for a second score.

Priestland can back-heel the conversion over and suddenly Bath are ahead.

'A quick response'

Leicester 8-7 Bath

Dave Egerton

Former Bath and England number eight on BBC Radio Bristol

It was a classic case of the blindside winger for Leicester not closing down the blindside. Bath saw the gap and took advantage. Matt Banahan did really well there.

That's what Bath needed - a quick response.

Try (Clark, con Priestland)

Leicester 8-7 Bath

Max Clark
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Rhys Priestland takes a good high ball around half-way and offloads to Matt Banahan who suddenly finds an empty channel down the left wing.

On he goes into the 22 and a simple pass inside to Max Clark sees Bath respond immediately.

A simple conversion for Priestland.

Try (Tuilagi)

Leicester 8-0 Bath

Good work down the left wing from Jonny May's dancing feet just creates enough space for Telusa Veainu to draw the last defender and feed Manu Tuilagi for a comeback try in the corner.

George Ford can't convert from the touchline.

Manu Tuilagi
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Leicester 3-0 Bath

Bath immediately respond with a few phases and the back-row work the fringes well.

But yet another handling error - this from Luke Charteris - coughs up possession.

Penalty (Ford)

Leicester 3-0 Bath

The scrum penalty goes against Bath loosehead Ben Obano and this time there's no Leicester debate and George Ford opens the scoring with a simple chance.

Leicester 0-0 Bath

Again Bath defend the maul well but another penalty gives Leicester a simple chance in front of the post...

...but they take a quick-tap! Several phases batter the line before Leicester butcher a three-on-two out wide.

They do get an attacking scrum 10 yards from the line though.

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Leicester 0-0 Bath

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Leicester 0-0 Bath

Excellent kick-chase from Leicester sees pressure at the breakdown and a fourth penalty against Bath already. George Ford kicks to the corner...

Leicester 0-0 Bath

Bath with the territory in the early stages and Matt Banahan feeds Francois Louw down the left wing but he can't quite take in the pass when space might have opened.

Leicester then have good ball off the top of a line-out and again Telusa Veainu is looking dangerous before the latest of the handling errors sees the move break down.

Leicester 0-0 Bath

A brief glimpse of what this Leicester back-line could do. First Telusa Veainu down the left wing and then the first break of the game as Matt Toomua ghosts through two defenders down the right flank.

Comes to nothing though and there are several handling errors early here.


Leicester 0-0 Bath

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Rhys Priestland gets us under way on a cloudy East Midlands day with Bath playing towards the East Stand in the first-half.

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Leicester v Bath (15.00 BST)

Mighty Leicester have been through their ups and downs in recent campagins, but is this squad now good enough to kick-on and really challenge Saracens, Wasps and Exeter this season?

And for Bath, after an improved but ultimately somewhat disappointing 2016-17, are they genuine title contenders this term, or realistically just mid-table men?

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Returning Lions

Leicester v Bath (15.00 BST)

Bath have their own bunch of high-profile stars including British and Irish Lions trio Taulupe Faletau, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson.

But it's lesser names that could make the real difference to Bath this season, with Tom Dunn - fit to start at hooker - very much among them.

The man who Bath received in return for George Ford - Freddie Burns - is only on the bench.

Bath: Watson; Rokoduguni, Joseph, Clark, Banahan; Priestland, Cook; Obano, Dunn, Palma-Newport, Charteris, Stooke, Garvey (capt), Louw, Faletau.

Replacements: Walker, Auterac, Perenise, Phillips, Grant, Fotuali'i, Burns, Tapuai.

Jonathan Joseph
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