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Rhys Priestland kicked 17 points as Scarlets beat Ulster

Rhys Priestland kicked 17 points as Scarlets beat Ulster

Rhys Priestland kicked 17 points as Scarlets beat Ulster

Bath boss Mike Ford has refused to be drawn on speculation that Wales international fly-half Rhys Priestland is to join the Premiership title contenders.

It's believed that Scarlets playmaker Priestland will move to Bath after the World Cup later this year.

It is thought he has agreed a two-year deal, with an an announcement planned on his move from west Wales in the next few days.

Asked if he had any comment on the Priestland situation following Bath's 17-8 defeat at Leicester, Ford replied: "No.

"Recruitment is ongoing, and we've got two or three (players) still to get in place for next season."

Priestland, 27, has won 32 Wales caps, but is currently behind Ospreys star Dan Biggar in the Wales fly-half pecking order.

He would become Bath's second major signing for next term, joining Fiji scrum-half Niko Matawalu, while it is thought that South Africa Test number eight Duane Vermeulen remains a key recruitment target.

On the pitch, Leicester avenged one of the most humiliating days in their history by sinking Bath.

Second-placed Bath's run of five successive league wins came to a grinding halt as an early Tom Youngs try and four Owen Williams penalties saw Leicester over the line.

George Ford kicked his team's solitary penalty, but he missed the 80th-minute conversion of Ross Batty's try that would have given the visitors a losing bonus point.

And it was a sweet result in more ways than one for Leicester, given that Bath crushed them 45-0 when the sides last met just over three months ago.


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