Anthony Watson keeps Bath in race for play-off spot

Bath's Anthony Watson scored twice against Leicester
Bath's Anthony Watson scored twice against Leicester

Bath Rugby 27-21 Leicester Tigers, Recreation Ground

Anthony Watson scored two tries in the final quarter as Bath came from behind to register a 27-21 win over Leicester Tigers in their Aviva Premiership clash at Recreation Ground on Saturday.

The win also meant both teams are tied with 52 points but Leicester Tigers with better point difference managed to hold on to their fourth position in the table.

Flanker Brendon O'Connor and fullback Telusa Veainu scored a try each for the visitors in the first 15 minutes to take an early 12-0 lead. However, Bath bounced back with a touchdown from Jonathan Joseph in the 20th minute following which George Ford and Freddie Burns exchanged penalties to end the first half 10-15 in favour of Leicester Tigers.

Burns started the second half with his second penalty but Ford replied back with a penalty of his own as Leicester's five point lead remained intact.

A third penalty from Burns in the 65th minute stretched the lead to eight points following which Leicester Tigers lost JP Pietersen, who was sin-binned in the 70th minute. Pietersen's sin-bin came just after Watson had scored his first try.

With Leicester being one man down, Watson strolled past the post for the second time while Ford made the conversion to secure a 27-21 win for Todd Blackadder's men.

Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the can only be the Aviva Premiership.

12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.

The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?

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