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Summary

  1. Watson's touchdown had put Bath ahead
  2. Veainu and Cole scored tries for Tigers
  3. Leicester's Bell kicked three penalties; Bath's Ford kicked two
  4. Bath not won at Welford Road in Premiership since 2003

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By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

Thanks for joining us across the weekend, we'll be back with more live rugby union radio and text commentaries on BBC Sport next weekend.

Until then, goodbye.

The curtain falls on round five

FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

Well round five of the Aviva Premiership did not disappoint, with the success in Europe more than matched by the quality of the rugby this weekend.

Who were the winners? Well Saracens look ominously good. Exeter again showed their continual progress and Leicester are again maneuvering themselves into position.

Newcastle Falcons got a first point, and avoided a defeat in the league for the first time this season. That's progress.

However, Bath won't be happy down in eighth and London Irish are still without a win.

FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

Bath coach Mike Ford told BT Sport:

"We were good enough to win I think, first half we did well, played some decent football.

"Their intercept try was the turning point, we got level and didn't take opportunities.

"Fair play to Leicester, they got us into an arm wrestle but we're disappointed to come away with nothing.

"We'll re-group, it's a long season and we've got plenty of games to go."

Recap

FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

Telusa Veainu
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Leicester climbed to third in the Premiership table after hanging on for a narrow win over Bath on a foul afternoon at rain-lashed Welford Road. 

England prop Dan Cole claimed the clinching try six minutes from time after Bath had been reduced to 14 men. 

Tigers fought back from a try by England's Anthony Watson's to lead 11-5 at the break.

The highlight of the game was home winger Telusa Veainu's stunning 80-metre interception try.

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FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

Leicester then climb up to third in the Premiership, nestled in behind Exeter Chiefs.

Four wins from five is very positive for them, and their game has become a lot more expansive to go with it.

Bath in eighth, same points as newboys Worcester. Not what they'll be wanting at the Rec.

FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

Former Bath, England and British and Irish Lions center Jeremy Guscott has his say...

When Bath can play streetwise smart rugby games like that will be won and Premiership titles a real possibility

FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

Man of the Match Leicester back-rower Mike Williams told BT Sport:

"We knew it would be a massive physical battle, Bath are one of the biggest packs in the Premiership.

"However, we came out and showed fight. We showed after 80 minutes we proved we came out on top.

"Every game is tough in the Premiership. Bath one of the biggest teams. There were massive hits all round. It's tough and I'll be paying for it tomorrow."

FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

Another frustrating afternoon for @bathrugby at Welford Road, as they lose 21-11 to Leicester in the Premiership. #toomanymistakes

Full-time

FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

As soon as Bath have the ball again they lose it. It's snaffled and thumped emphatically into touch.

Four points for the Tigers. Attritional at times, but they get the win.

Bath edged by solid defence and their own lack of execution at key times.

A great game despite the weather.

Leicester 21-11 Bath

Over the 80 now, Bath are trying to run it for a losing bonus point score.

They do get a penalty which they tap.

Leicester 21-11 Bath

Into the last minute now.

Tigers bring the props off to great applause. If there's anywhere they appreciate a prop, it's here.

Rhys Priestland makes some headway for Bath but Tigers turnover and pump it back downfield.

TIme's up Bath I'm afraid for you.

Leicester 21-11 Bath

Dan Cole
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Bath don't deserve to get anything out of this game now in my view - they're just making basic errors

Andrew SheridanBBC Radio Bristol

Leicester 21-11 Bath

Bath playing laterally, unable to prise their way through and the error brings up a Leicester penalty.

Time ticks away. That should be it points wise.

Leicester 21-11 Bath

The scrum buckled and wheeled but Tigers somehow got the ball away.

Bath are pressuring the ruck but Tigers slow it down.

Tommy Bell's kick away barely registers. Bath have the ball in the 22.

Leicester 21-11 Bath

Bath get the line-out in Leicester's 22 but are unable to make the opportunity count with the throw pulled up by JP Doyle.

Leicester get a scrum, and the subsequent scrum has collapsed once.

It's eating up the clock and Leicester won't mind. Bath are desperate. Their hoodoo is set to continue.

Leicester 21-11 Bath

From one angle it looked like a boot knocking it on on the ground and from another it looked like a hand. But the try is given.

Steve JohnsonBBC Radio Leicester

Try (Cole, con Bell)

Leicester 21-11 Bath

After extensive review, Dan Cole is awarded the try when he scooped up a loose ball to cross.

Bath's Francois Louw had a hand in to tap it back after Tom Youngs lost the ball backwards in a maul.

Cole was first to it and his grounding was fine. Tommy Bell slots the kick. Breathing space for Leicester.

Try review

Leicester 14-11 Bath

Dan Cole picks up on a loose ball after the maul goes down...

Leicester 14-11 Bath

They do drive it though... we're going to the TMO.

Leicester 14-11 Bath

No we don't. Line-out.

Sin-bin (Denton)

Leicester 14-11 Bath

Dave Denton goes off just minutes after making his introduction for Bath after a steam train like Leicester maul collapses.

Will we get the penalty try?

Leicester 14-11 Bath

Leicester put a huge drive on... Bath struggling to cope.

Leicester 14-11 Bath

Bath have the gifted Rhys Priestland on here, and a scrum in Leicester territory.

Sloppy hands at the moment but they've still got the ball... until a penalty goes the Tigers way.

Leicester just smart in these kind of situations.

Leicester 14-11 Bath

Horacia Agulla
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Ten minutes to go.

It's getting bitty. Conditions have seen the ball fumbled in close-quarters. That said Leicester have shown their ability to cut loose and Matt Smith has shown his 'second five-eighth' type centre play with a strong secondary kicking game.

Kyle Eastmond is limping off. That's a blow for Bath - he has a real influence.

Leicester 14-11 Bath

George Ford hooks a long kick downfield and Leicester will get a line-out on their own 22.

Territorial stuff from Bath, hoping to force an error with field position.

Leicester 14-11 Bath

Bath are just having a five or 10-minute lapse of concentration. They're just not controlling the ball, losing it at the breakdown and doing some silly things.

Dave EgertonBBC Radio Bristol

Leicester 14-11 Bath

Ben Youngs
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Leicester get a line-out after a long, raking kick from Matt Smith is touched on its way out by Leroy Houston.

Tigers, ahead, on the front-foot in the Bath half.

Penalty (Bell)

Leicester 14-11 Bath

About 33 metres away, Tommy Bell has his radar locked and it sails through.

Leicester regain the lead.

Leicester 11-11 Bath

Matt Banahan shot the line to clamp down Telusa Veainu, although the penalty was for not rolling away and that gives Leicester a penalty that is also kickable.

Tommy Bell will give it a go.

Missed penalty (Bell)

Leicester 11-11 Bath

The tension is maintained, as is the scoreline, as Tigers' Tommy Bell fails to land the awkward kick from distance.

Had to try it, it's that kind of fine margins game.

The wind very much against Tigers in this half. Bell penalty is held up and the score remains 11-11.

Leicester 11-11 Bath

Bath's high-risk strategy is delicious to watch but tough to execute in these conditions and the ball goes to ground again.

Tigers scrum, Max Lahiff on for Henry Thomas. Tigers penalty follows. Goal perhaps?

Leicester 11-11 Bath

Bit of mild fisty-cuffs off the back of the line-out after a mess-up with the Bath maul.

Penalty goes Leicester's way and they get it into touch for the line-out.

Leicester 11-11 Bath

Bath get a penalty for a man off the feet at the ruck and it's thumped beautifully into the corner.

Line-out in the red zone!

Leicester 11-11 Bath

Leicester wheel out Tom Croft for Lachlan McCaffrey in the back-row.

More messy play but Leicester come up with the ball inside their own half on that right side.

Lots of pick and drive stuff before Sam Harrison box-kicks down field.

Bath return it with pace though and they are in the Leicester half before they're turned over.

Back and forth here!

Leicester 11-11 Bath

Bath get a glimpse of the line when Francois Louw, a deceptive operator, almost streaks through to score but he again knocks that slippery pill on.

Another scrum. Bath are preparing to push but Tigers get the ball out quickly and push down the right shortside!

Leicester 11-11 Bath

Bath try to puncture this line but Leicester were teak-solid, pulling across to deny the visitors.

They sensed they could burrow over but the Tigers held firm.

Nikola Matawalu makes way for Chris Cook at scrum-half for Bath.

Tigers scrum deep in their own 22 after the visitors knocked on.

Scramble defence from Tigers keeps Bath out and wins a scrum #LEIvBAT

Sin-bin (Slater)

Leicester 11-11 Bath

Ed Slater heads to the bin after collapsing a maul so close to the Leicester line and they're down to 14.

Bath will drive the line-out...

Leicester 11-11 Bath

Bath get the put-in after Tommy Bell knocked on off the restart and then a penalty after dominating the contact this time.

They initially looked for the quick tap but eventually it's sunk to touch.

Deep in the 22 line-out.