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Twickenham becoming a home from home for Anthony Watson

Anthony Watson is making something of a habit of performing at Twickenham and the Bath Rugby flyer relished the opportunity to shine in front of a record crowd in ‘The Clash’.

Watson’s two tries turned the Aviva Premiership Rugby encounter with Leicester Tigers on its head, crossing twice in the space of three minutes as Bath ran out 27-21 winners.

The West Country side became the first non-London team to move a game to Twickenham, and Watson was delighted to be able to play his part in sending the Bath supporters home happy.

“It was a great day for the club and as players we were delighted to come away with the win,” said Watson.

“Being there with Bath was different to an England game and it was great to see so much blue, black and white in the crowd.

“It was cool for us to be able to take the game there and it was a great day out for the fans especially going up against Leicester.

“Coming back to Twickenham was great and it’s been going pretty well for me there with the Scotland game as well which was my first game back.

“I really enjoyed it, they didn’t kick the ball long too much so as a full-back I had to make sure I was getting involved in different ways. But we play a brand of rugby that means you can really thrive out there.”

Bath had been on the back foot early, going down 12-0 following two early Tigers tries, while they trailed by eight points heading into the final quarter of an hour.

But Watson showed his support play to finish off breaks from Taulupe Faletau and Matt Banahan to turn things around, leaving Bath level on points (in the table) with their opponents on the day in the race for a semi-final spot.

And with three games remaining, Watson knows Bath have to build on the result.

He added: “We knew we had to go out there and put on a good performance and come away with the win.

“But it won’t mean anything unless we win against Worcester, it’s important to keep our form up until the end of the season and that final game away to Sale.

“For the tries I was in the right place at the right time. Jonathan Joseph started the first with a little bit of magic and then Toby (Faletau) carried it on. He’s shown how unbelievable he is in the last few weeks.

“Then Matt Banahan set me up for the second. It’s a line I run a lot in training but you never know if it will come off in a match so that was good to see it work.”

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