Premiership: Leicester Tigers continue winning streak in six-try victory over struggling Bath
Leicester Tigers made it a third Premiership win on the bounce as they overcame old rivals Bath 48-27 at Welford Road on Saturday.
The reigning champions look in ominous form at the moment as they crossed the whitewash six times to cruise past the league’s basement outfit.
Harry Potter, Handre Pollard, Julian Montoya (2), Hanro Liebenberg and Harry Wells scored their tries, with Pollard adding 16 points off the tee.
Charlie Atkinson kicked Leicester‘s other points while for Bath Matt Gallagher, Ben Spencer, Josh McNally and Fergus Lee-Warner scored tries.
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The result lifts the Tigers into the top four, while Bath remain rooted to the bottom of the Premiership table.
Bath scored the first points of the game with 10 minutes gone, Gallagher just keeping his feet in touch under pressure in the corner after the ball had been spun through the backs. Spencer could not get the extras though and the score stood at 5-0.
Leicester responded with a solid period of pressure inside the opposing five-metre line and they were eventually rewarded when Pollard’s long pass set up Potter to cross in the right corner. Pollard’s conversion put them 7-5 ahead.
Bath were reduced to 14 men when Tom Dunn was sin-binned and Tigers cashed in, Pollard diving over from close range before converting his own try for a 14-5 lead. It got worse for Bath when McNally was also sent to the bin in the same sequence of play.
The Tigers quickly got their third try, captain Montoya finishing off a four-on-one advantage on the left wing, Pollard again converting before he and Spencer exchanged penalties to put the score at 24-8.
Spencer gave the visitors a little bit of hope before the break, picking up a loose ball at the back of a ruck before sprinting half the length of the field to score in the corner, but he missed another conversion and the score stayed at 24-13.
Tigers had just enough time to grab their bonus-point try before the break, Liebenberg crashing over from close range before Pollard’s conversion made it 31-13.
Bath started the second half strongly, McNally crossing from close range after a short stint of pressure, with Spencer’s conversion cutting the lead to 31-20.
But the Tigers put themselves out of sight with 15 minutes left on the clock when captain Montoya scored in the corner after being set up by Mike Brown’s line-breaking run from halfway after taking a high ball. Pollard remained perfect with his final kick of the day to extend the lead to 41-20.
There was still time for Wells to get his name on the scoresheet, walking through untouched after taking an offload from Brown after a stint of back-and-forth kicking. Atkinson converted.
Lee-Warner responded with Bath’s bonus-point try after barrelling over Potter in the corner to make the final score 48-27 after Spencer added the extras.
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