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Leicester Tigers 17 Bath 12: Match stats

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The bottom line at Welford Road on Saturday was that Leicester Tigers picked up four vital Aviva Premiership points as they chiselled out a 17-12 win over Bath.

13 min: try (0-5) Both missed kickable penalty chances in the early stages but Bath forge ahead with their first serious assault, Stephen Donald cutting through the home defence to score, although he fails to convert his try.

15 min: George Ford's second penalty attempts clips the post and Tigers remain scoreless.

25 min: The bulk of the crowd think Tigers are back on terms but Niall Morris' try in the corner is ruled out for a forward pass.

34 min: Another great chance goes begging. With men over on the left, Anthony Allen's pass can only find touch.

H-T: Tigers 0, Bath 5

44 min: Penalty (3-5) Bath are penalised at a scrum and Ford's radar is back on as he puts Tigers on the board from 40 metres.

50 min: Yellow card Clever play in midfield from Mathew Tait comes to nothing as he is obstructed by Simon Taylor, the Bath No8 receiving a yellow card for his misdemeanour.

55 min: Penalty (6-5) Tigers go in front as Ford slots his second penalty from 45m and there is a sense of relief around the ground.

57 min: try (6-12) That feeling lasts just a couple of minutes, winger Tom Biggs being on hand to take a smart inside pass to score Bath's second try of the day. Donald converts.

60 min: red card Bath are reduced to 14 men when flanker Francois Louw is red-carded for foul play.

61 min: try (11-12) Tigers make their advantage count with Adam Thompstone scoring in the corner and, although Ford's kick sails wide, Leicester are back in business.

63 min: penalty (14-12) Ford's boot puts Tigers in front again as he lands another penalty after Allen had been impeded around 25 metres from the goal-line.

65 min: red cards There are some worrying moments as Allen is flattened by a high tackle from Matt Banahan. Banahan is red-carded and Brett Deacon follows the Bath centre to the changing room for his part in the ensuing melee. Allen is stretchered off the pitch and it is 14 against 13.

66 min: yellow card Donald is yellow-carded after tangling with Dan Bowden, the visitors now down to 12 men.

67 min: penalty (17-12) Tigers edge further ahead. Ford kicks his fourth penalty, the ball going over the bar via the inside of the post.

F-T: Tigers 17, Bath 12

Leicester Tigers 17 Bath 12: Match stats


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