Bath overcome Leicester Tigers with 23-16 win

Jamie Roberts scored the opening try for Bath
Jamie Roberts scored the opening try for Bath

Bath Rugby 23-16 Leicester Tigers, Recreation Ground

Bath Rugby have climbed to the fifth position in the ongoing Gallagher Premiership season following a 23-16 victory over Leicester Tigers at Recreation Ground on Sunday.

This is their fifth win from 11 games as they now have accumulated 27 points while Leicester Tigers are at ninth place with 24 points.

Leicester Tigers got off to a terrific start when a chip shot from George Ford found Jonny May, who went over the line in the 2nd minute. The fly-half also kicked the conversion as the visitors got off to a 0-7 lead.

Bath tried to bounce back hard by some resolute defence from the Tigers and even had a couple of tries disallowed before Freddie Burns kicked a 21st minute penalty goal to get them off the mark. The home side got into the lead for the first time in the game when Jamie Roberts crashed over in the 27th minute that was improved by Burns.

Todd Blackadder's men upped the ante when their second try came through Nathan Catt though the prop left the field shortly with injury as the scores were 15-7 heading into the break.

Ford with his first penalty kick in the 54th minute reduced the arrears but Bath looked strong following touchdown from Ruaridh McConnochie two minutes later.

A couple of Ford's penalties separated by Rhys Priestland's three-pointer in the final 10 minutes ensured Leicester a losing bonus point as Bath completed a 23-16 victory.

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