Friday 18 August 2017

Leicester continue impressive form

Mike Fitzgerald of Leicester looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Bath at Welford Road
Mike Fitzgerald of Leicester looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Bath at Welford Road
Mike Ford, the Bath director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Bath at Welford Road

John Fallon

Leicester Tigers continued their good run of form before the back-to-back Champions Cup matches with Munster by gaining some measure of revenge on a Bath side who hammered them twice last season.

Mike Ford's men beat the Tigers 47-10 in last season's Premiership semi-final but a crowd of 22,530 at the extended Welford Road saw Leicester win a good contest 21-11 in testing conditions.

Leicester led 11-5 at the break when they recovered from the concession of an Anthony Watson try for Tommy Bell to kick a couple of penalties before Tongan international Telusa Veainu continued his rich vein of form with an intercept try from deep inside his own half.

A couple of George Ford penalties made it 11-11 in the second half but England prop Dan Cole scored his first try in the Premiership in six years to secure the win after another penalty from Bell. Leicester will travel to Worcester tomorrow bidding to improve on their third place in the table.

Stade Francais scored a good 21-19 win away to Grenoble but remain in tenth place in the Top 14. Jules Plisson kicked seven penalties to secure the win.

They are at home to Begles Bordeaux tomorrow, hoping to close the gap on those at the top but they remain 12 points adrift of leaders Clermont Auvergne.

Treviso put up a decent performance but fell to another defeat when they went down 13-6 away to champions Glasgow. That gave them their fifth bonus point of the season but they have lost all eight games. They host Scarlets tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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