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Match Report: Bath Rugby 19 Leicester Tigers 34

07 Apr 2018
Match Report: Bath Rugby 19 Leicester Tigers 34

Sione Kalamafoni scored two tries as Leicester Tigers got revenge against Bath Rugby with a fine victory in The Clash at Twickenham.

Bath ruthlessly snatched victory in this fixture last season but this was the Tigers’ day, as they kept their top-four hopes alive with a superb second half in front of 60,000 fans at the Home of Rugby.

Bath led 13-10 at the break thanks to the boot of Rhys Priestland and Tom Dunn’s try but Leicester were within touching distance after Adam Thompstone crossed in the corner.

And they took control in the second half, with Kalamafoni grabbing two and one each apiece for Sam Harrison and Telusa Veainu.

The defeat makes a top four spot increasingly hard for Bath, but they had made a steady start.

Priestland fired his first penalty through the posts, while his opposite number George Ford needed a second go to put points on the board.

But Leicester grew into the game and struck, although it took a long time for them to convert territory into points.

After both Kahn Fotuali’i and Shaun Knight were sin-binned and nine scrums took place, Ford and Mathew Tait finally combined to release Thomsptone in the corner.

Down to 13, Bath could have caved but instead they re-grouped and hit back – with hooker Dunn powering over the line, and the TMO confirming a try.

That gave them a three-point lead but it was almost more just before the break as winger Matt Banahan, who is departing at the end of the season, reached a Jonathan Joseph kick and dotted down spectacularly in the corner.

The TMO showed he lost control at the vital second but that did not stop the Bath fans cheering their side off at the break.

However, those cheers were short-lived as No.8 Kalamafoni stretched across the line from close-range to regain Leicester the lead ten minutes after the break.

Priestland edged Bath ahead again with a penalty but Kalamafoni was in unstoppable form and bulldozed his way through for a second of the match after Leicester worked space out wide on the left.

Thompstone was sin-binned straight from the kick-off after taking out James Wilson in the air, allowing Priestland to reduce the deficit with his fourth penalty.

However, with ball in hand Leicester were too strong and after another controlled spell of possession, scrum-half Harrison scored their fourth try of the match.

Full-back Veainu rounded it off late to add gloss to the scoreline, scampering through down the right.