Bath put in the performance of the season thus far as they demolished rivals Leicester Tigers 45-0 at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.
Bath put in the performance of the season thus far as they demolished rivals Leicester Tigers 45-0 at the Rec.
Bath got off to a blistering start with converted tries from Semesa Rokuduguni and Jonathan Joseph and a penalty from George Ford all within the first 25 minutes before Ford added a penalty and a drop goal before half time.
Kyle Eastmond scored Bath's third try of the game before the inevitable and deserved bonus point was secured by Olly Woodburn before Peter Stringer rounded off the win with a fifth try.
The hosts had the better of the early stages and deservedly opened the scoring after moving the ball out wide for Rokuduguni dive over the line despite Goneva's best efforts. George Ford added the extras from the touchline with an excellent swinging kick.
Ford was accurate from out wide again with the boot five minutes later and when Eastmond's pass was latched onto by Joseph, the hosts were in again. Ford's conversion found the inside of the far post to make it three from three.
Ford added to his tally with a drop goal after half an hour to build a 20-point cushion before scoring another penalty to give the hosts a 23-0 lead at half time.
Bath picked up from where they left off in the second half with an impressive maul being brought down illegally and Ford, predictably, scored the penalty.
The onslaught continued as Joseph ran the length of the field before the ball found its way to Eastmond who finished off an excellent move, but Ford missed the seemingly straightforward conversion.
Bath scored a fully-deserved fourth try to earn the bonus point when Ford kicked downfield leaving the hosts with a three-on-two and Woodburn finishing the move off.
The hosts rubbed more salt in the wounds after taking the ball from inside their 22 before Stringer went over to score their fifth try with five minutes remaining.
Things went from bad to worse for Leicester as David Mele was sent off for raking with the boot on a Bath player.
Tries: Rokoduguni, Joseph, Eastmond, Woodburn, Stringer
Con: Ford 4
Pen: Ford 3
Bath: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 George Ford, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Carl Fearns, 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Stuart Hooper (c), 3 David Wilson, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Paul James.
Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dominic Day, 20 Alafoti Fa'osiliva, 21 Peter Stringer, 22 Ollie Devoto, 23 Olly Woodburn.
Leicester: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Niall Morris, 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Vereniki Goneva, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Ben Youngs (c), 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Graham Kitchener, 3 Fraser Balmain, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Logovi'i Mulipola.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Sebastian De Chaves, 20 Robert Barbieri, 21 David Mele, 22 Owen Williams, 23 Matt Smith.
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix, Kelvin Stewart
TMO: Graham Hughes