The two teams have met twice before in semi-finals: Bath winning 10-6 at Welford Road in the John Player Cup in April 1986, and the Tigers triumphing 24-10 at Walkers Stadium at this same stage last season.
Leicester Tigers’ six game winning run in the Guinness Premiership ended at the hands of visiting Saracens on Saturday but nevertheless the Tigers still contest the playoffs for a sixth straight season. Leicester have won their last eight semi-final encounters in all competitions since Wasps beat them in the Powergen Cup at Millennium Stadium in March 2006, whilst Leicester’s most recent semi-final defeat at Welford Road was in April 1995, again to Wasps but this time in the Pilkington Cup.
Bath Rugby’s only defeat in their last 12 Guinness Premiership matches was 20-43 against Leicester at Welford Road on 3 April. Bath have made it to a third straight semi-final appearance despite residing in 11th place in the Guinness Premiership table at the half-way stage at the turn of the year.
Leicester are unbeaten in their last six matches with Bath in all competitions, whilst Bath’s only win at Welford Road since 1995 was 13-12 in the Premiership on 29 November 2003.
Referee: Chris White (179th Premiership game).
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