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Shillcock penalty earns Tigers first Prem win

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Leicester Tigers have defeated Bath 25-24 at the Rec thanks to a penalty goal from flyhalf Jamie Shillcock.

Shillcock kicked 20 points in the round three victory, head coach Dan McKellar’s first premiership win of his tenure.

It was a tight and physically brutal first forty minutes, Tigers playing intelligent rugby in the wet conditions.

Shillcock would open the scoring off the tee, kicking the first of his three first-half-penalties after three minutes.

A moment of brilliance from Shillcock’s opposite number created the only try of the half, Scottish international Finn Russell releasing wing Will Muir with a delicate cross kick.

Russell couldn’t convert, but would make it 9-8 to Leicester just before the break before adding another penalty after half-time.

Tigers were under pressure, and repeated team infringements saw lock Harry Wells go to the bin.

Eventually pressure turned to point and Bath tighthead Thomas Du Toit scored from in tight. Russell converted to extend Bath’s lead.

Tigers continued to fight and made inroads into Bath’s half. A rolling drive looked unlikely to result in a try from 10 metres out but Leicester had just the right leverage and broke free to score.

Shillcock’s conversion and subsequent penalty put Tigers in the lead.

A game full of controversy looked to have its defining moment as Russell kicked a goal with 2 minutes to play.

Tigers didn’t give up, forced an error off the kick off, earned a penalty at the scrum and Shillcock showed incredible nerve to swipe it home to win.

The final score 25-24.

Match Details

HT ScoreHalf Time Score

BAT 8-9 LEI

FT ScoreFull Time Score

BAT 24-25 LEI

Attendance

Not available

Referee

Jack Makepeace

Bath Rugby
Bath Rugby
24

Full Time

Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
25
Bath Rugby
T
P
P
T
C
P
P
KOHTFT
Leicester Tigers
P
P
P
P
T
C
P
P

Match Stats

Bath Rugby
Leicester Tigers
Possession
53%
47%
Territory
49%
51%
Penalties Conceded
13
9
Yellow Cards
0
1
Red Cards
0
0
Tackles Won
69/77 90%
108/121 89%
Scrums Won
6/6 100%
6/6 100%
Lineouts Won
11/14 79%
11/13 85%

Player Stats

Bath Rugby
Leicester Tigers
Leicester Tigers
TCDP
15Mike Brown
14Josh Bassett
13Guy Porter
12Dan Kelly
11Ollie Hassell-Collins
10Jamie Shillcock1C6P
9Tom Whiteley
1James Cronin
2Charlie Clare1T
3Joe Heyes
4Cameron Henderson
5Harry Wells
6Hanro Liebenberg
7Tommy Reffell
8Matt Rogerson
16Nic Dolly
17Francois van Wyk
18Will Hurd
19Sam Carter
20Emeka Ilione
21Joe Powell
22Charlie Atkinson
23Phil Cokanasiga

Commentary

TIGERS WIN IT AT THE DEATH

Leicester have their first win over the 23/24 campaign thanks to a last-gasp penalty goal from Jamie Shillcock!

PEN | JAMIE SHILLCOCK

The clock in the red and Jamie Shillcock lands a long range shot to see Leicester lead by one.

PEN | BATH RUGBY

Finn Russell takes Bath back into the lead, 24-22, with just over a minute to go. 

PEN | JAMIE SHILLCOCK

Jamie Shillcock lands a lone range attempt to add three and take Leicester back into the lead, 21-22, with five minutes remaining.

PEN | BATH RUGBY

Finn Russell adds three for the home side, seeing them back into the lead by two points, 21-19, with ten minutes left at The Rec. 

CON | JAMIE SHILLCOCK

Jamie Shillcock is on target once again, adding the two points following the try, to take Leicester back into the lead, 18-19, with just over ten minutes left in Bath.

TRY | CHARLIE CLARE

A lineout, deep inside the Bath end, is brought down then driven on by the Leicester pack - and a few backs - and over the home side's line to score through Charlie Clare.

65

LONG, OLD RIVALRY

The passion that usually comes when Leicester and Bath meet is on show today as the two sides come together after the whistle not for the first time today.

CON | BATH RUGBY

The home side extend their lead to six points, 18-12, with Finn Russell's conversion. 

TRY | BATH RUGBY

Pressure pays off for the home side and, with the extra man in attack, get across the chalk through Thomas du Toit to lead 16-12 after 55 minutes.

YELLOW CARD | HARRY WELLS

Harry Wells is shown a yellow card for an infringement on the Leicester line, as Bath continue to apply pressure in attack, and Tigers are down a man for the next 10 minutes.

PEN | BATH RUGBY

Leicester's lead is cut back to one point with Finn Russell adding three for the home side to make 11-12 approaching the 50 minute mark. 

PEN | JAMIE SHILLCOCK

A fourth penalty for Jamie Shillcock makes it a four-point game, 8-12, in the early stages of the second half. 

UP AND RUNNING AGAIN IN BATH

Back in action in Bath with just one point separating the teams. 

LEICESTER LEAD AT THE BREAK

Tigers take a one-point, 8-9, lead into the changing rooms at The Rec.

PEN | BATH RUGBY

Finn Russell cuts the Leicester lead to one with a successful attempt from the tee to make it 8-9 in the final stages of the first half. 

PEN | JAMIE SHILLCOCK

Jamie Shillcock with a third successful attempt from the tee to extend the Leicester lead to four points, 5-9, with five minutes remaining in the first half.

30

HALF AN HOUR DOWN IN BATH

Just the lone point separating the sides, 5-6, after half an hour of play at The Rec. 

PEN | JAMIE SHILLCOCK

A second penalty-goal from Jamie Shillcock puts Leicester back in front, 5-6, after 24 minutes in Bath. 

20

SLIPPERY START IN BATH

Both sides battling the conditions in Bath this afternoon with the rain and damp having an influence in the opening quarter.

TRY | BATH RUGBY

The home side take the lead, 14 minutes in, after a perfectly placed cross-field kick from Finn Russell lands for Will Muir to run it in and dive over. 

PEN | JAMIE SHILLCOCK

The first to put the scoreboard attendant to work this afternoon is Jamie Shillcock, with a successful penalty-goal, in the fourth minute.

UNDERWAY AT THE REC

Jamie Shillcock gets us going in Bath with a kick-off deep into the home side's half and it bounces out into touch, with the rain already playing a part! 


Opposition Lineup

Starting XV

15
Matt Gallagher
14
Joe Cokanasiga
13
Max Ojomoh
12
Cameron Redpath
11
Will Muir
10
Finn Russell
9
Ben Spencer
1
Beno Obano
2
Tom Dunn
3
Thomas du Toit
4
Josh McNally
5
Charlie Ewels
6
Fergus Lee-Warner
7
Miles Reid
8
Alfie Barbeary

Replacements

16
Niall Annett
17
Juan Schoeman
18
Johannes Jonker
19
Ewan Richards
20
Jaco Coetzee
21
Louis Schreuder
22
Orlando Bailey
23
Chris Cloete

Team News | Reffell back for Tigers trip to Bath

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Leicester Tigers have named their team for Saturday’s clash against Bath at 3:05pm at the Rec, live on TNT Sports.

Tigers head coach Dan McKellar has made four changes to his starting side for the trip to the southwest, Welsh international backrow Tommy Reffell named at openside for his first appearance of the 2023/24 season.

Irish prop James Cronin will also play his first game of the year, with Harry Wells and Matt Rogerson also coming into the starting pack.

Cronin’s selection sees Francois Van Wyk shift to the finishers, 21-year-old backrow Emika Ilione set to feature in the Premiership for the first time this season, from the bench.

Leicester Tigers head coach, Dan McKellar said: “It’s been great to have Tommy back with us this week for what will be another test against good opposition.”

“Straight away you can see the effect of his energy and communication has on the group, so he’ll be important for us moving forward and Emeka and James earn an opportunity this week off the back of their performance in training.”

STARTING XV

15 Mike Brown [11]
14 Josh Bassett [4]
13 Guy Porter [65]
12 Dan Kelly [61]
11 Ollie Hassell-Collins [5]
10 Jamie Shillcock [6]
9 Tom Whiteley [8]
1 James Cronin [16]
2 Charlie Clare [82]
3 Joe Heyes [127]
4 Cameron Henderson [41]
5 Harry Wells [179]
6 Hanro Liebenberg (c) [89]
7 Tommy Reffell [100]
8 Matt Rogerson [4]

REPLACEMENTS

16 Nic Dolly [29]
17 Francois van Wyk [36]
18 Will Hurd [29]
19 Sam Carter [4]
20 Emeka Ilione [14]
21 Joe Powell [5]
22 Charlie Atkinson [22]
23 Phil Cokanasiga [11]

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