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Round 19 Preview: Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers Round 19 Preview: Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers

Round 19 Preview: Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers

Bath v Leicester

After 221 successive home Premiership Rugby matches played at the Recreation Ground, Bath move to a new “home” venue for the first time – Twickenham. Bath have lost their last three matches since beating Harlequins 22-12 at the Recreation Ground on 18 February. Bath have played four previous Premiership Rugby matches at HQ, losing two finals to Wasps in 2004 and Saracens in 2015, but beating Wasps there twice in “St George’s Day” matches in 2010 and 2011.

Leicester Tigers only defeat in their last seven first team matches was 15-34 at home to Exeter Chiefs in round 17 of Aviva Premiership Rugby. The Tigers have played ten previous Premiership Rugby matches at Twickenham, winning on four of their nine Final appearances and drawing 26-all there against Harlequins in the “Big Game” in 2008.

Leicester have lost just one of their last four encounters with Bath in all competitions: 27-38 at the Recreation Ground in round 22 last season. The two clubs have met on four previous occasions at Twickenham with Bath winning three Cup Finals in 1989, 1994 and 1996, but Leicester taking the Zurich Championship title there in 2001.

Twickenham Stadium, 2pm, Live on BT Sport

Referee: JP Doyle (129th Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Simon McConnell & Andrew Jackson.

TMO: Graham Hughes.

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