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Preview: Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby

The two clubs have already met on four previous occasions this season with Bath’s only success so far being 25-21 in the Guinness Premiership at the Rec on 15 November.

Leicester Tigers are bidding to reach a fifth successive Guinness Premiership final, although in that time they have only been champions once – in 2007.

Tigers’ have lost just one of their last eleven matches in all competitions since 15 February: 10-14 at Newcastle in the Guinness Premiership on 27 March. Leicester are unbeaten in their last seven semi-final games in all competitions since losing 17-22 to London Wasps in the last four of the Powergen Cup at Millennium Stadium on 4 March 2006. Tigers’ have won all three Guinness Premiership semi-finals they have contested. Leicester have played five previous matches at Walkers Stadium – losing the first two, but winning the three most recent encounters there.

Bath Rugby are appearing in a second successive Guinness Premiership semi-final but have not played in the final itself since losing the 2004 event 6-10 to London Wasps. Bath have won their last two matches against Newcastle and Saracens, and have won two of their last three semi-final encounters in all competitions.

This will be only the sixth game of rugby played at Walkers Stadium and amazingly it will be Bath’s third appearance at the venue, winning 15-12 in the quarter-final of the European Cup in 2006, but losing 15-20 at the same stage of the same competition a month ago. The two sides have met in one previous semi-final match – in the John Player Cup in 1986, where Bath won 10-6 at Welford Road.

Referee: Dave Pearson (125th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Wayne Barnes & Stuart Terheege. TMO: David Matthews.

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