Former Wales international Gavin Henson took advantage of a rare start by kicking 15 points as Bath Rugby ended Leicester Tigers’ involvement in the LV= Cup with a 37-15 win at Welford Road.
Despite being outplayed, this will still be a tough result for the Tigers to stomach given that victory would have qualified them for the semi-finals after Sale Shaeks were defeated dramatically by the Ospreys.
Bath had already booked their place in the final four and they secured themselves a home tie as they walked away with a try bonus point.
Bath dealt the Tigers an early blow in just the second minute when Henson knocked over a straightforward penalty after the hosts were pinged for offside.
The visitors then came within a whisker of the game's opening try as Matt Banahan kicked ahead and chased with Scott Hamilton, who just about touched the ball down first as it went over the line.
Having survived that scare, Leicester went ahead after nine minutes when Argentina flanker Pablo Matera was able to stretch for the line after an attacking line-out despite the attention of several defenders.
Owen Williams successfully converted, only for Bath to hit back when Alafoti Fa'osiliva picked up a loose ball on the right and just about stayed in play after he kicked ahead before touching down himself.
Henson's missed conversion gave the visitors a slender 8-7 lead but the lead changed hands yet again after Nick Abendanon fumbled a high ball.
American full-back Blaine Scully picked up the loose ball and sped away from Peter Stringer to score under the posts, making Williams' conversion a formality.
Henson then reduced the gap to three points with a well-struck penalty only for his fellow Welshman Williams to cancel this out after a strong Tigers scrum eight minutes before half-time.
However, there was still time before the break for Bath to retake the lead when, after David Sisi was stopped short, Stringer fed Banahan, who scored in the corner with Henson converting superbly.
Turning around leading 18-17, Bath soon had a man advantage in the second half after Leicester's veteran hooker George Chuter was sin-binned for dragging down a rolling maul.
Henson easily slotted the resulting penalty with Williams then unable to reply straight away when he sent his long-range kick just wide.
The visitors then took an iron grip on the match just before the hour mark when after a good carry by Carl Fearns, Ollie Devoto was given a walk-in by Stringer with Henson adding the extras.
And they secured the try bonus point with 13 minutes left when another powerful maul was driven over the line with Fearns given the glory of grounding the ball.
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