Planet Rugby

Tigers score but fail to win

26th September 2009 20:23

Share:

Bath v Leicester stock

No holds barred: Things got tough at the Rec

Despite finally notching their first try of the season Leicester could only manage a 20-20 draw with Bath at the Rec on Saturday.

A spectacular try by Dan Hipkiss just five minutes from time looked to have given the visitors the win but Fijian fly-half Nicky Little returned from the sin-bin to snatch a draw with his fifth penalty.

Hooker Mefin Davies was the man who ended the Tigers' barren spell in the first half but Bath hit back through Matt Banahan.

Leicester gave James Grindal his debut in place of England scrum-half Harry Ellis, Grindal back in a Tigers shirt after a seven-year stint at Newcastle.

Little's penalty opened the scoring on seven minutes, Jeremy Staunton replied with a penalty almost directly from the restart but Little edged his side ahead again on 12 minutes.

The fly-halfs exchanged further penalties to take the score to 9-6 but both sides were playing such enterprising rugby that a try was inevitable.

It eventually came from Davies, standing out in the left corner to take Moody's pass, delivered cleverly through his legs. The touchdown ended a 274-minute try drought since Jordan Crane scored in last season's Premiership final.

Staunton's conversion put the visitors ahead for the first time but the advantage lasted only 11 minutes.

Bath stepped up the intensity of their game and Banahan's power sent him crashing through the tackle of Johne Murphy at the other end. Little's conversion was just wide and Bath had to be content with a 14-13 lead at the break.

Little added a penalty soon after the interval, taking revenge for an illegal tackle by Anthony Allen.

But the Fijian was then guilty of a late and dangerous tackle on Geordan Murphy and was also shown a yellow card.

Murphy recovered but then clashed heads with Joe Maddock trying to touch down his own kick ahead and played no further part in the game.

Bath held out for the 10 minutes that Little was in the sin-bin and when the ball went loose from a high kick, replacement scrum-half Ben Youngs broke decisively to send Hipkiss scampering to the corner for a try converted by Staunton.

But back came Bath almost immediately with a fifth penalty as Little punished a Tigers infringement in the loose.

The scorers:

For Bath:
Try: Banahan
Pens: Little 5

For Leicester:
Tries: Davies, Hipkiss
Cons: Staunton 2
Pens: Staunton 2

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Joe Maddock, 13 Matt Banahan, 12 Shontayne Hape, 11 Jack Cuthbert, 10 Nicky Little, 9 Michael Claassens (capt), 8 Ben Skirving, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Jonny Faamatuainu, 5 Danny Grewcock, 4 Peter Short, 3 Duncan Bell, 2 Lee Mears, 1 David Barnes.
Replacements: 16 Pieter Dixon, 17 David Flatman, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Stuart Hooper, 20 Andy Beattie, 21 Scott Bemand, 22 Ryan Davis, 23 Michael Stephenson.

Leicester: 15 Geordan Murphy (capt), 14 Scott Hamilton, 13 Anthony Allen, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Johne Murphy, 10 Jeremy Staunton, 9 James Grindal, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Lewis Moody, 6 Craig Newby, 5 Ben Kay, 4 Richard Blaze, 3 Julian White, 2 Mefin Davies, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Joe Duffey, 17 Martin Castrogiovanni, 18 Boris Stankovich, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Brett Deacon, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Dan Hipkiss, 23 Matt Smith.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Robin Goodliffe, Stuart Terheege
Television match official: Laurie Bryant, Geoff Warren

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester vs Exeter19:45
Saturday , September 20
Sale vs London Welsh14:00
London Irish vs Saracens15:00
Harlequins vs Wasps15:00
Bath vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs Northampton14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 19
Munster vs Zebre19:30
Cardiff Blues vs Ulster19:35
Connacht vs Leinster19:35
Saturday , September 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow14:40
Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso18:00
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs Edinburgh16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 19
Brive vs Toulon18:00
Saturday , September 20
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse18:00
La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:00
Castres vs Oyonnax18:00
Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon18:00
Montpellier vs Stade Francais18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 19
Lions vs Pumas19:10
Saturday , September 20
Western Province vs Griquas15:00
Blue Bulls vs Sharks17:05
Eastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Thursday , September 18
Northland vs TaranakiNorthland vs Taranaki Preview
Friday , September 19
Counties Manukau vs CanterburyCounties Manukau vs Canterbury Preview
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Wednesday, September 17
Southland 14 - 38 TasmanSouthland vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 14
Wasps 20 - 16 NorthamptonWasps vs Northampton Report
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 GlasgowCardiff Blues vs Glasgow Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 MontpellierBordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
ITM Cup
Waikato 26 - 21 Counties ManukauWaikato vs Counties Manukau Report
Hawkes Bay 41 - 0 Otago
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 13
Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale SharksGloucester vs Sale Sharks Report
Bath 53 - 26 London WelshBath vs London Welsh Report
Exeter 20 - 24 LeicesterExeter vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Rugby Championship
New Zealand 14 - 10 South AfricaNew Zealand vs South Africa Report
Australia 32 - 25 ArgentinaAustralia vs Argentina Report
More Rugby Championship results
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 42 - 12 ScarletsLeinster vs Scarlets Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont AuvergneToulouse vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive
Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble
Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 LyonRacing Metro Paris vs Lyon Report
Toulon 24 - 28 Stade FrancaisToulon vs Stade Francais Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 31 - 27 PumasGriquas vs Pumas Report
Lions 35 - 33 Western ProvinceLions vs Western Province Report
Cheetahs 30 - 30 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Bay Of Plenty 12 - 27 AucklandBay Of Plenty vs Auckland Report
Southland 36 - 34 Northland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 12
Harlequins 0 - 39 SaracensHarlequins vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 MunsterBenetton Treviso vs Munster Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens29
2Bath29
3Leicester Tigers29
4Exeter26
5Northampton26