Cards galore as Tigers edge old rivals
Leicester Tigers 17 Bath 12
Referee Tim Wigglesworth produced three red cards and two yellows as Leicester beat Bath in an incredible game of rugby at Welford Road.
A second-half try from Adam Thompstone and 12 points from the boot of George Ford took Tigers back into the top four of the Aviva Premiership table.
But the game will be remembered for the host of second-half cards that raised the temperature both on and off the pitch.
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Bath back-rower Simon Taylor was the first man off the field on 50 minutes as the referee became fed up with the visitors' repeated offending with a 5-3 lead.
South African Francois Louw then saw red for an off-the-ball incident just after Tom Biggs' try had put his side 12-6 ahead.
A minute later, Thompstone scored in the corner but Ford missed the conversion and Bath led 12-11.
Only four minutes had passed when Matt Banahan joined Louw on the sidelines after a 'clothes line' tackle that seemed to knock out Tigers centre Anthony Allen.
While Allen was being stretchered off, Tigers' Brett Deacon was then red-carded for a retaliatory punch on Banahan in the melee that followed the incident.
Only 90 seconds had passed when Bath fly-half Stephen Donald was sin-binned for a flying fist towards Dan Bowden.
Two penalties from Ford gave then gave Leicester a 17-12 lead and both sides had chances to add to their score in a frantic closing ten minutes.
Read the full story in Monday's Leicester Mercury