Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers LIVE updates from the RecIt's game day. Bath Rugby head back to the Recreation Ground in Round 17 of the 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership when league leaders Leicester Tigers come to town in the latest chapter in a historic rivalry between the two grand clubs of English rugby.
16:57John EvelyMatch actionLeicester Tigers' Freddie Burns scores a try during the Gallagher Premiership match at the Recreation GroundLeicester Tigers' Freddie Burns scores a try during the Gallagher Premiership match at the Recreation GroundMax Ojomoh of Bath celebrates with Ben Spencer and Jonathan Joseph after scoring his side's second try 16:54John EvelyOfficial man of the matchTigers number eight Jasper Wiese gets it from BT Sport but he probably wasn't even the best player in his position on the pitch with Nathan Hughes having another absolute stormer for Bath. What a loan signing he has been.
That is a big moment that keeps the Blue, Black and White alive in this game. 20-2472 minsJohn EvelyScrum penaltyInteresting call. Leicester win a penalty at the scrum 40m out but right near the touchline and decide to kick for the corner rather than go for the difficult kick. 20-2469 minsJohn EvelyOffload just misses its targetBath work the ball nicely through the back line with Jonathan Joseph delaying a pass to put Max Clark through a half gap. Clark looks for an offload but it is poor and Orlando Bailey can't take the pass off his laces. 20-2466 minsJohn EvelyScrum penaltyBath try and put a surge on against the head and have Tigers in trouble by referee Karl Dickson resets.
That brings the final whistle. 20-2480 minsJohn EvelySloopy passBath look to work the ball wide from the attacking scrum but Danny Cipirani's pass to Orlando Bailey misses the mark. Tigers kick it through and dead. We come back for a scrum on the edge of the 22. 20-2479 mins John EvelyA final chance for BathTom Doughty hits Josh Bayliss in the line out and the ball comes off the top for Nathan Hughes to crash it up. The ball is kicked long by Ben Spencer and Harry Potter drops and knocks on the pressure kick. A chance to attack from 70m out to come. 20-2476 minsJohn EvelyClever game management from TigersBath clear their lines from the 5m scrum and kick to about 35m out. Leicester regather and immediately put the hosts back under pressure with Freddie Burns slipping a low grubber kick through for Chris Ashton, fresh on the field, to chase.
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In the end the ball rolls into touch about 5m out from the Bath try line. A pressure throw to come for Tom Doughty. 20-2416:41John EvelyToday's attendance 14, 15574 minsJohn EvelyLine out drive stoppedThe maul defence from Bath has been outstanding today. The hosts stop Tigers as they look to power over from a 5m line out. The reward is a 5m scrum having won possession back.
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They did an unbelievably good job, so it was frustrating to come out losing 24-20 just after half time. I am frustrated. I think they kicked well in the second half, kicking long and inviting us to run it back and we got caught a couple of times. I think they just won the territory battle in the second half, which they have done a lot this season. Losing Josh McNally for the big set-piece battles, when we had done really well stopping their drives, just squeezed us a little in the end. Neil Hatley, Head Coach of Bath Rugby17:24John EvelyFull time stats17:22John EvelyReaction from Tigers head coach Steve BorthwickI was so proud of the players, they were tough, resilient and composed and they battled it out.
At the second scrum Bath are penalised for collasping. Tigers clear to about 30m out. 20-2465 minsJohn EvelyTurnoverJulián Montoya does incredibly well to wrap himself around the ball as Nathan Hughes breaks off from the maul around the line out with a couple of team mates. Referee Dickson judges Bath have collapsed the maul themselves just short of the line so hands Leicester a put in at the scrum 5m out. Danny Cipriani is on for Max Ojomoh for Bath. 20-2464 minsJohn EvelyPressure building nicely for BathNathan Hughes burst off the back of the scrum, which holds firm, and draw a penalty. Bath kick to the corner.
The first drive from the lineout is stopped, but illegally with the jumper taken out in the air. They kick for a second lineout. 20-2462 minsJohn EvelyHuge 5m scrum to comeBath attack in a flash with Tom de Glanville cleverly flicking the ball over his head into the hands off Will muir who kicks through and chases for all his life. Tigers flanker Tommy Reffell gets back to field it but is then tackled over his try line. 5m scrum to come. 20-2459 minsJohn EvelyPENALTY GOAL - Leicester TigersBath think they have a chance of a turn over and Josh Bayliss goes for it but he is judged to have dived off his feet going for the ball and is pinged by referee Karl Dickson.
Bryce Hegarty has taken over the kicking duties with Burns off for a HIA and lands the easy penalty kick right in front of the posts and 10m out. 20-2456 minsJohn EvelyReward for adventureOrlando Bailey decides to run from deep and he links up with Will Muir who breaks the first tackle and then hares down the touchline, running over Freddie Burns who brings him down but has taken a head knock and must not leave for a HIA. 20-2154 minsJohn EvelyTRY - Leicester TigersFreddie Burns is over. The Leicester pack are dominant and win a penalty, with the advantage the ball comes out to the backs and replacement scrum half Jack van Poortvliet takes the ball to the line, uses Nadolo as a dummy option and finds Burns who has a big gap to race through. Burns converts to put his side ahead.
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