Tigers avenge Bath humiliation

Leicester avenged their humiliating 45-0 drubbing by Bath three months ago with a 17-8 victory over the Premiership high-fliers at Welford Road on Sunday.

Second-placed Bath’s run of five successive league wins came to a halt as an early Tom Youngs try and four Owen Williams penalties saw Leicester claim a 17-8 victory.

George Ford kicked Bath’s solitary penalty, but he missed the 80th-minute conversion of Ross Batty’s try that would have at least given the visitors a losing bonus point.

After the match, Bath coach Mike Ford refused to be drawn on speculation that Wales international fly-half Rhys Priestland will join the team from the Scarlets after the World Cup.

“Recruitment is ongoing, and we’ve got two or three (players) still to get in place for next season,” was all Ford would say.

Priestland, 27, has won 32 Wales caps, but is currently behind Ospreys star Dan Biggar in the Wales fly-half pecking order.

Wasps moved into the top five with a 41-16 win over Sale to follow their 48-16 rout of London Irish in their first match at their new Coventry home.

Scrum-half Joe Simpson scored two of his side’s five tries as Sale’s run of four wins from their previous five games came to an end.

Back rowers Ashley Johnson and Nathan Hughes also touched down for Wasps, with Andy Goode kicking 16 points.

“All in all I’m really pleased with how it’s gone,” said Wasps director of rugby Dai Young of the team’s new Ricoh Arena home.

“We’ve had two big performances here and two big crowds, we’ve got to keep that going and turn this into a real fortress for us as soon as possible.”

London Welsh went down to their 12th Premiership loss in 12 games but they made an understrength Harlequins work far harder than they can have expected for their 24-13 victory.

Karl Dickson, Marland Yarde, Tom Williams and replacement Kyle Sinckler scored tries for the Quins with Tim Swiel kicking two conversions.

Paul Rowley scored Welsh’s try with Will Robinson kicking two penalties and a conversion.

“We are not a team that going to roll over as you saw today,” said London Welsh coach Justin Burnell.

“We’ve got nothing to lose now and hopefully our performances can improve to put us in good stead for next season.”

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