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Matt Newsum

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  1. Goodbye

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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."

  4. Recap

    FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

    Telusa Veainu

    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.

    Click here to read the full report.

  5. 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.

  6. FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

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

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    FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

  8. 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."

  9. FT: Leicester 21-11 Bath

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Leicester 21-11 Bath

    Dan Cole
    Quote Message: Bath don't deserve to get anything out of this game now in my view - they're just making basic errors from Andrew Sheridan BBC Radio Bristol
    Andrew SheridanBBC Radio Bristol
  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Leicester 21-11 Bath

    Quote Message: 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. from Steve Johnson BBC Radio Leicester
    Steve JohnsonBBC Radio Leicester
  18. 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.

  19. Try review

    Leicester 14-11 Bath

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

  20. Leicester 14-11 Bath

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

  21. Leicester 14-11 Bath

    No we don't. Line-out.

  22. 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?

  23. Leicester 14-11 Bath

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

  24. 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.

  25. Leicester 14-11 Bath

    Horacia Agulla

    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.

  26. 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.

  27. Leicester 14-11 Bath

    Quote Message: 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. from Dave Egerton BBC Radio Bristol
    Dave EgertonBBC Radio Bristol
  28. Leicester 14-11 Bath

    Ben Youngs

    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.

  29. Penalty (Bell)

    Leicester 14-11 Bath

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

    Leicester regain the lead.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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?

  33. Leicester 11-11 Bath

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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...

  40. 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.

  41. Leicester 11-11 Bath

    Quote Message: That's just bad discipline. He doesn't need to do it. from Steve Johnson BBC Radio Leicester
    Steve JohnsonBBC Radio Leicester
  42. Penalty (Ford)

    Leicester 11-11 Bath

    You can hear a pin drop as George Ford lines up his kick and it sails through to level up the scores.

    Game on under the Welford Road floodlights.

  43. Leicester 11-8 Bath

    Tigers give away a penalty at the ruck.

    George Ford instantly points to the sticks.

  44. Leicester 11-8 Bath

    Sam Hamilton comes on for Leicester, to take over from Ben Youngs.

    Big responsibility for the Tigers scrum-half.

  45. Leicester 11-8 Bath

    Peter Betham

    Leicester go across the field from left to right trying to probe a way through but just as they threaten, up pops Leroy Houston for Bath to smuggle the ball on the intercept.

    Pendulum swings back the other end of the field, but eventually the move breaks down on the left with Nikola Matawalu forced into touch.

  46. Leicester 11-8 Bath

    We go back actually.

    Nikola Matawalu deemed to have ripped that out of the newly-formed ruck.

    Leicester penalty, they go for touch, on the cusp of Bath's 22.

  47. Leicester 11-8 Bath

    That wind has given George Ford a reason to shake the dust of those boots and start pinning Leicester back.

    Long kicking game at every opportunity.

    Nikola Matawalu picks the ball off but Bath can't make the most of the play in broken field with a knock-on.

  48. Penalty (Ford)

    Leicester 11-8 Bath

    George Ford, with the wind at his back, has the ball fizzing through the sticks against his old club.

  49. Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Leicester are penalised at the scrum and Bath will go for goal.

    More problems at that set-piece.

  50. Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Bath line-out

    Bath have a line-out, and go short to the front and catch Leicester napping.

    Matawalu tries to feed Ellis, who charged onto the offload, but they then cough up the ball as it goes back in field.

    Tigers scrum.

    Enterprising though.

  51. Kick-off

    Leicester 11-5 Bath

    We're back under way, no relent in the rain.

    Leicester in possession.

  52. You've got to pick a pocket or two

    HT: Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Telusa Veainu

    And what about that try from Telusa Veainu?! Looked for all the money that Bath were going to exploit the overlap on the right but Veainu had other ideas.

    I've not seen such an artful display of pick-pocketing since I was made to watch Oliver on Christmas Eve a few years back.

    Fagin would be proud.

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    HT: Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Stuart Hooper

    Wowzers, when was the last time you saw rain quite like this? These conditions may not make for flowing rugby but, as Dave Egerton says, it's still good fun to watch.

    So which way do you see the second half going? Please do let us know via#bbcrugbyon Twitter.

  54. HT: Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Two things you're always guaranteed at Welford Road.

    A noisy crowd and a tough Tigers pack.

    We've had both.

    Their intensity is clear to see and, while Bath have fronted-up well, you can see the influence of Mike Williams and Brendon O'Connor with the ball in hand and at the ruck.

  55. HT: Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Quote Message: You can't not enjoy rugby when there's wind everywhere and rain everywhere, but you have two teams trying to play. from Dave Egerton BBC Radio Bristol
    Dave EgertonBBC Radio Bristol
  56. Half-time

    Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Anthony Watson

    Credit to both sides, they have tried to play rugby in rapidly deteriorating conditions.

    When we've not been bogged down in scrum-time gloom, it's been a cracking encounter.

    Bath scored first, Leicester hit them on the break and Tommy Bell's boot has been the difference from the tee.

    40 more muddy, soggy, bruising minutes to go. Can't wait!

  57. Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Bath get to within 10 of the line when they concede the penalty.

    Leicester smash to touch. It's half-time.

  58. Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Nikola Matawalu didn't even get chance to feed it.

    Leicester kick the penalty downfield but Anthony Watson returns it with interest.

    Bath play out the last throes of the half in the Tigers half here.

    Can they nick something or will the hosts hold out?

  59. Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Well as we close in on half-time, the weather has made this a less expansive game.

    That said, some of the handling from both sides has been excellent.

    Bath have a scrum in the Tigers half.

  60. Penalty (Bell)

    Leicester 11-5 Bath

    Penalty for offside gives Leicester a big chance - and Tommy Bell pops it over.

    It came on the back of Peter Betham and Mike Fitzgerald combination that carved up the Bath cover.

  61. Leicester 8-5 Bath

    Quote Message: Bath had a two-on-one situation but Telusa Veainu read it perfectly, interecepted the pass and managed to run the full 90 metres to touch down. from Steve Johnson BBC Radio Leicester
    Steve JohnsonBBC Radio Leicester
  62. Try (Veainu)

    Leicester 8-5 Bath

    Interception score from Telusa Veainu, who picks off with Bath camped inside the Leicester 22 to race away and score.

    Bath had moved the ball across the line looking to find a gap and looked like they'd worked the overlap but there was the Tongan to mop up and burst away.

    No luck with the conversion. Three points is the lead.

  63. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Bath are awarded a penalty. Leicester looked as though they've caved in at that scrum.

    Kick fails to find touch but it's pumped back to Bath in their 22 and they look to bring it forward.

    In midfield now.

  64. Leicester 3-5 Bath

  65. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    We've even stopped the clock briefly while JP Doyle looks to sort out this scrum quandary.

    Back on now and the crowd are restless.

  66. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Half an hour gone. We had a scrum. We had a tangible push. Then we had a bit of a wheel and then JP Doyle blew.

    And back we go. Yawn.

  67. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Quote Message: I don't think the scrums are standing close enough together and they're off balance when they're engaging. from Dave Egerton BBC Radio Bristol
    Dave EgertonBBC Radio Bristol
  68. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Telusa Veainu

    Leicester got a bit of momentum through a steamroller run from Mike Williams but with Bath flailing back into position, Ben Youngs can't find his man on the wing as the wind starts to bite.

    Oh, and that means another scrum. Bath feed just short of their own 22.

  69. Leicester 3-5 Bath

  70. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Nikola Matawalu fumbles the ball off the line-out, and a promising Bath opportunity comes to nothing.

    It means we have another scrum, Tigers put-in. Penalty goes against Bath and Ben Youngs will find touch.

  71. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Quote Message: Some massive hits went in during that last passage of play. We'll be counting up the number of fit players at the end of the game at this rate. from Steve Johnson BBC Radio Leicester
    Steve JohnsonBBC Radio Leicester
  72. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Marcos Ayerza is penalised at the scrum, Bath go for touch.

    Line-out in the 22.

  73. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Bath get a taste of their own medicine at scrum-time when Leicester steal it against the head but the home side can't execute.

    Ball comes back for the George Catchpole knock-on and we're setting up again.

    Hope this scrummaging doesn't start to ruin this game. It's been open and lively in the loose.

  74. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Bit scrappy that.

    Bath won the ball against the head but then Leicester fumble after winning the ruck and it's a scrum to the visitors.

    JP Doyle not happy with the set-up of that one though.

    Not the first time today we've had a scrum problem.

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    Leicester 3-5 Bath

  76. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Mike Ford

    Leicester are so tenacious with their line speed and it forces a Bath error. Tigers scrum.

    Mike Ford's side more than happy to play the high-risk at-the-line passes - it almost paid off there.

  77. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Ben Youngs unable to get much distance with his box-kick and it gives Bath a line-out on the 22.

    Good pressure for the visitors.

  78. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Quote Message: I think it's been a great game so far considering the conditions. George Ford is controlling it at the moment, playing exceptionally well in both attack and defence and marshaling his troops. from Dave Egerton BBC Radio Bristol
    Dave EgertonBBC Radio Bristol
  79. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Nikola Matawalu clips a little kick into touch after Semesa Rokoduguni takes a high-ball and Leicester have a line out deep in their own 22.

  80. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Bright, ingenuity from Adam Thompstone who thumps a kick downfield off balance that his Tigers team-mates chase hard, but George Ford is calm enough to shrug off the chasers and drill into touch.

    Bath turnover as Leicester threaten in the 22.

    No-one has grabbed this game by the scruff of the neck yet.

  81. Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Leicester really trying to swarm the breakdown with their ball-hungry back row.

    Trade of kicks gives Bath a line-out and they move it back into open field to launch another attack.

  82. Penalty (Bell)

    Leicester 3-5 Bath

    Favourable angle even in the difficult conditions for Tommy Bell, and he snaps one through the sticks to get Leicester on the board.

  83. Leicester 0-5 Bath

    Scrum has to be reset, and on the second attempt Henry Thomas of Bath is pinged by JP Doyle.

    First scrum penalty of the game and Tommy Bell is going for the posts.

  84. Leicester 0-5 Bath

    Wet and windy. Francois Louw, already sporting a bandaged head, drops a ball and gives Leicester feed on the edge of the Bath 22.

  85. Leicester 0-5 Bath

    Matt Garvey

    Bath are making incisions into the Leicester line here, Matt Banahan popping up on both sides of the field to scythe through.

    Leicester sort out George Ford with a big hit from captain Ed Slater, and win the penalty for holding on too long.

  86. Leicester 0-5 Bath

    Quote Message: That all came from a poor kick by Tommy Bell - all of the Leicester defence rushed to the ball and left that side of the field wide open for Anthony Watson. from Steve Johnson BBC Radio Leicester
    Steve JohnsonBBC Radio Leicester
  87. Try (Watson, missed con Ford)

    Leicester 0-5 Bath

    First blood Bath.

    Great take from Horacio Agulla, and Bath released Nikola Matawalu to race away down the shortside left. He fed Matt Banahan and as he streamed into space, Anthony Watson popped up on the shoulder to race away and score.

    Brilliant break.

    George Ford unable to find the target with the conversion.

  88. Leicester 0-0 Bath

    Bath get a penalty and we get our first mini-scuffle. 

    JP Doyle has it in hand though. George Ford pumps one into the stands.

    Leicester marched back downfield.

  89. Leicester 0-0 Bath

  90. Leicester 0-0 Bath

    Quote Message: Bath fly-half George Ford has put two up-and-unders into the Leicester 22 already - that's looking like an early tactic in these conditions. from Dave Egerton BBC Radio Bristol
    Dave EgertonBBC Radio Bristol
  91. Leicester 0-0 Bath

    Tigers centre Matt Smith pokes a smart kick in to turn Bath round and put them back in their own 22.

    Leicester are hitting the breakdown hard early on. Some big boys in that pack.

  92. Leicester 0-0 Bath

    Both teams trying to move the ball wide, Telusa Veainu needed a strong cover tackle to stop him from racing away down Bath's left side.

    Bath had put a decent move on midfield but couldn't quite execute.

    Open start. Fierce defence from the Tigers.

  93. Leicester 0-0 Bath

    Mathew Tait

    Mathew Tait's intervention comes at a cost. He's off and George Catchpole is on already. The England international is limping away from the action.

  94. Leicester 0-0 Bath

    Cutting break from Kyle Eastmond gets Bath through the Leicester cover with a glorious sidestep.

    Tries to link with Semesa Rokoduguni but Mathew Tait covers well and the attack is snuffed out.

    There are the early danger signs.

  95. Kick-off

    Leicester 0-0 Bath

    JP Doyle puts whistle to lips and we are off thanks to George Ford's kick down field.

    Ben Youngs sends one into touch with his first kick.

  96. Bath head out

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    Polite applause greets Bath as they head out of the tunnel.

    Now we get Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water' ready for Mathew Tait to lead out the Tigers.

    Bigger roar. Big atmosphere. Biggest game in store!

  97. Kick-off approaching fast

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    Welford Road looking smart, the new stand dwarfs the field.

    Teams coming out of the dressing rooms, pacing through the tight corridors in the bowels of the stand.

    Two teams who have threats everywhere. It's mouthwatering.

  98. Introducing David Denton

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    With Sam Burgess now back with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Australian National Rugby League (registration permitting), Bath turned to Scotland international David Denton to bolster their back-row stocks.

    Former Edinburgh man Denton is a classic modern back-rower, away from the usual set-piece and breakdown responsibilities, he's also adept at ball-carrying, has smart hands and naturally loves a tackle.

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has kept the 25-year-old part of the set-up, and he was in the side that lost dramatically to Australia in the 2015 World Cup quarter-finals.

    He's yet to make his Bath bow, but is on the bench today.

    David Denton
  99. 200 up for Banahan

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    There are a couple of players celebrating milestone appearances, including Matt Garvey and Ed Slater on opposite sides.

    Another - built like a tank but with a V12 engine under the bonnet - in former England outside back Matt Banahan has been a useful weapon for Bath since his arrival at the Rec in 2006.

    The 28-year-old will chalk up his 200th appearance in the blue, black and white this afternoon as part of a dynamic centre partnership with Kyle Eastmond.

    Congrats to the Jerseyman, who on his day is near unplayable.

  100. The Aaron Mauger effect

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    Aaron Mauger and Richard Cockerill

    Like or not, Leicester Tigers have a reputation for a particularly dogged style of play, built on a massive pack to bully and dominate the set-piece.

    However, the current Tigers incarnation have done much to buck that trend, particularly with the appointment of ex-All Black Aaron Mauger as head coach to complement the rugby brain of director of rugby Richard Cockerill.

    Throw in exciting talent such as Wallabies three-quarter Peter Betham, Kiwi flanker Brendon O'Connor and club captain Ed Slater, and the Tigers have different dimensions to their usual physicality.

    "We test each other, we work well with each other and, crucially, we question each other too,"Cockerill said in his Leicester Mercury column this week.

    "Our skill-sets are very different but his is perfect for what we needed to bring into the club, so it fits very well."

  101. Bath show European pedigree

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    The unfortunate events in Paris over the opening weekend of matches meant the postponement of an eagerly-awaited encounter with European Champions Cup holder Toulon at the Stade Mayol.

    However, Mike Ford's side were able to stage their second group stage match against former champions Leinster at The Rec last weekend, and showed their ability to match the Pro12 side with a hard-earned 19-16 victory.

    It came down to a battle of the 10s, with England's George Ford outscoring Ireland's extremely gifted Jonathan Sexton to seal the win.

    George Ford lets fly with another penalty for Bath against Leinster.
  102. Tigers enjoy European sojourn

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    Richard Cockerill's Tigers came through the European break with a 100% record from their Champions Cup matches.

    Welford Road staged the impressive 33-20 victory over French Top 14 champions Stade Francais in the opener.

    Tigers then travelled to Italy to pick another try bonus-point success - winning 36-3 against Benetton Treviso.

    Brendon O'Connor celebrates his try for Leicester against Stade Francais
  103. English clubs dominate in Europe

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    It's been a decent last two weeks for the Premiership clubs in Europe.

    Let's see how these two got on in their European Champions Cup group stage games...

  104. Post update

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

  105. Post update

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

  106. What's up for grabs?

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    Well a Tigers win would see them jump up to third above Harlequins and in behind Exeter in third place.

    Maximum points for Bath - including the try bonus point, of course - would take them to at least fourth.

    There's a tough 80 minutes for both to achieve that though of course.

  107. BBC coverage

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    You can also listen to live BBC local radio commentary on today's match - from both BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Leicester - by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

  108. Team news

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    Scotland international back row David Denton could make his Bath debut after being named among the replacements.

    Winger Horacio Agulla will make his first start of the season, with Ollie Devoto dropping out of the squad.

    Matt Banahan is moved to centre as he prepares to make his 200th appearance for Bath since joining the club in 2006.

    Bath team

    Replacements: Dunn, Catt, Lahiff, Denton, Mercer, Cook, Priestland, Homer.

  109. Team news

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    Leicester Tigers second row Ed Slater will make his 100th appearance for the Tigers as he replaces Dominic Barrow.

    Lock Graham Kitchener is in the squad for the first time this season after recovering from a rib injury sustained during pre-season.

    Leicester Tigers team

    Replacements: Bateman, Aguero, Balmain, Kitchener, Croft, Harrison, Bai, Catchpole. 

  110. Finely poised at Welford Road

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    Really looking forward to this game.

    Strong starting XVs for both, some depth to the benches too.

    Let's get some team news.

  111. Fortress Welford Road

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    Leicester certainly have history on their side when it comes to this fixture, at Welford Road at the very least.

    Bath's last successful trip to the East Midlands was back in 2003, edging by a single point a Tigers side bolstered by the return of recent World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson.

    Even then, that was the first win there since 1995. So hoodoo is probably an understatement.

    At The Rec it's a different story, as last season's 45-0 and 47-10 victories - the latter in a Premiership semi-final no less - testify.

    Leicester versus Bath at Welford Road
  112. Two old foes meet again

    Leicester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    If there was ever a game to symbolise English club rugby, then perhaps it is Leicester versus Bath.

    Two clubs steeped in history, to some extent purveyors of different brands and styles of the game, from separate union hotbeds.

    Today's match at Welford Road is the 188th meeting of the two powerhouses, so settle down and follow it via radio and text commentary here with BBC Sport.

    Martin Johnson and Nigel Redman compete for a lineout