Ruthless Bath crush Leicester Tigers at The Rec

A ruthless Bath team kept Leicester scoreless for the first time in the Premiership when they beat the Tigers 45-0 at the Recreation Ground.

Leicester were forced into late changes to their match squad shortly before the match as centres Anthony Allen and Manu Tuilagi were replaced by Owen Williams and Matt Smith respectively while Sam Harrison and Javiah Pohe came onto the bench.

Leicester were outplayed throughout the match and finished the match with 14 players as David Mele was red carded in the 77th minute.

Bath got off to a blistering start with converted tries from Semesa Rokuduguni
and Jonathan Joseph and a penalty from George Ford all within the first 25 minutes
before Ford added a penalty and a drop goal before half time.

Kyle Eastmond scored Bath’s third try of the game before the inevitable and
deserved bonus point was secured by Olly Woodburn before Peter Stringer rounded
off the win with a fifth try.

The hosts had the better of the early stages and deservedly opened the scoring
after moving the ball out wide for Rokuduguni dive over the line despite Goneva’s
best efforts. George Ford added the extras from the touchline with an excellent
swinging kick.

Ford was accurate from out wide again with the boot five minutes later and
when Eastmond’s pass was latched onto by Joseph, the hosts were in again. Ford’s
conversion found the inside of the far post to make it three from three.

Ford added to his tally with a drop goal after half an hour to build a 20-point
cushion before scoring another penalty to give the hosts a 23-0 lead at half

Bath picked up from where they left off in the second half with an impressive
maul being brought down illegally and Ford, predictably, scored the penalty.

The onslaught continued as Joseph ran the length of the field before the ball
found its way to Eastmond who finished off an excellent move, but Ford missed
the seemingly straightforward conversion.

Bath scored a fully-deserved fourth try to earn the bonus point when Ford kicked
downfield leaving the hosts with a three-on-two and Woodburn finishing the move

The hosts rubbed more salt in the wounds after taking the ball from inside
their 22 before Stringer went over to score their fifth try with five minutes

Things went from bad to worse for Leicester as David Mele was sent off for
raking with the boot on a Bath player.

Final Score Bath 45 (23) Leicester Tigers 0 (0)


Tries – Rokoduguni, Joseph, Eastmond, Woodburn, Stringer
Pen – Ford (3)
Con – Ford (4)
Drop – Ford
Cards –

Leicester Tigers
Tries –
Pen –
Con –
Drop –
Cards – D.Mele

Match Officials
Wayne Barnes (142nd Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix and Kelvin Stewart.
TMO: Graham Hughes.



15 Luke Arscott, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford, 9 Chris Cook, 1 Paul James, 2 Rob Webber, 3 David Wilson, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 5 Dave Attwood, 6 Carl Fearns, 7 Guy Mercer, 8 Leroy Houston

Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dominic Day, 20 Alafoti Fa’osiliva, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Ollie Devoto, 23 Olly Woodburn,

Leicester Tigers

15 Mathew Tait , 14 Niall Morris , 13 Matt Smith , 12 Owen Williams , 11 Vereniki Goneva , 10 Freddie Burns , 9 Ben Youngs (c) , 1 Log

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