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.