Marcos Ayerza praises Leicester Tigers team-mates
Man-of-the-match Marcos Ayerza praised his team mates for keeping their cool in the red-hot atmosphere of Welford Road on Saturday.
With three red cards and two yellows shown during a frantic second half in Leicester's 17-12 win, the Argentine prop was at the centre of lots of his side's best work.
Tigers largely kept their heads while the visitors lost theirs, with Francois Louw and Matt Banahan seeing red alongside yellows for Simon Taylor and Stephen Donald.
"We kept our composure and kept our heads," said Ayerza, 29. "We got on with it and we managed it well.
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"You could tell the referee was getting fed up with them constantly infringing with some high tackles and some nasty moments.
"Fair play to us, we kept our cool, kept playing and it paid off.
"We got an untidy win but a win which was very important for us in the context of the season.
"We played some expansive and ambitious rugby. We built our phases and, if it wasn't for the large penalty count against Bath, we might have been had more success."
With Ayeyza and Martin Castrogiovanni returning from international duty to bolster the front row, Tigers had the upper hand in the scrum all afternoon and that provided a platform for them to completely dominate possession.
But it wasn't until the visitors began getting players sent off that Leicester began to have the upper hand on the scoreboard. In fact, Bath led 12-6 on the hour before things kicked off.
"It was frustrating at times for us that we couldn't make the most of our dominance but we will take the points," said Ayerza.
"We can take plenty of positives out of this game and move forward.
"I really enjoyed coming back to Leicester after being away with the Pumas.
"This is my home and I like to contribute to making Leicester the best club that I can."
Bath assistant coach Toby Booth described the game as "one of the most surreal experiences that I have ever been involved in".
Booth said he was "shell-shocked" after the game after seeing four of his players receive cards.
"When you come to Welford Road, you need to be extremely competitive and everyone knows that," he said.
"We had spoken about discipline a lot during the week and it is something that we are working towards. Self-control is part of the professional players' make up.
"Some of the issues we saw out there were self-control issues and others were consistency.
"We defended well with our backs against the wall but we made it difficult for ourselves with so few people on the pitch."