Leicester Tigers return to Premiership action with a bonus point victory over Bath in The Clash at Twickenham.
Leicester take a bonus point victory from HQ in a convincing win over hosts Bath, with Tigers number eight Sione Kalamafoni taking a well-deserved man of the match performance.
Bath had started off in convincing fashion at Twickenham, looking the more dangerous of the two sides whilst pressurising Leicester into two kickable penalties. Much like the victorious Sale Sharks, last night Tigers grew into the game. They dominated the collisions and managed to implement an effective offloading game after contact, keeping the Bath defence backpedaling and preventing returning Springbok openside Francois Louw from spoiling Tigers' possession.
By the 25th minute, Kahn Fotuali'i and Shaun Knight were both in the sin bin for cynical breakdown work and repetitive scrum penalties respectively. Leicester pounced on the opportunity to make the most of an overlap out wide, with wing Adam Thompstone crossing with ease for the first of the day’s tries.
A Bath try through hooker Tom Dunn proved fruitless in Bath's ambitions to impressive their travelling fans, with Kalamafoni crossing for two additional scores and a try apiece for Sam Harrison and Telusa Veainu giving Leicester a 15 point winning margin.
Both sides loosehead props must be credited for their performances in round 19. Tigers' Ellis Genge was quiet by his own standards around the pitch but proved imperious in the scrum. The former Bristol prop nearly forced two yellow cards out of his opposing tightheads in the 25th minute, with Knight sent his marching order by Wayne Barnes and substitute Victor Delmas receiving a warning.
In the blue corner, Beno Obano backed up his previous week's performances with yet another assertive shift. The 23-year-old loosehead more than handled England's Dan Cole at scrum time and proved to be the most successful player on the pitch at breaking the game line in attack and bringing opposition carries to ground in bone-shaking fashion in defence.
Bath will take few positives away from their Twickenham defeat, but the repetitive excellence of Obano and the return to fitness of Francois Louw will be prominent.
Leicester take another step towards securing a top-four finish and a shot at this year's title but must sustain the last two weeks form if they are to stand up to the challenge of Saracens and Exeter come the playoffs.
Conversions: Priestland (1/1)
Penalties: Priestland (4/5)
Tries: Thompstone, Kalamafoni (2), Harrison, Veainu
Conversions: Ford (3/5)
Penalties: Ford (1/1)
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