Leicester avenge Bath awayday nightmare by powering to narrow win

• Leicester 17-8 Bath
• Owen Williams kicks four penalties to add to Tom Youngs’ try

Ever since Leicester were hammered 45-0 at Bath in September this return fixture has been circled on the Tigers’ season planner. Revenge was duly dished out on a cold, murky Midlands afternoon that started poorly for the visitors and never recovered. The cheers from Northampton, who now lead the Aviva Premiership field by six clear points, could almost be heard through the freezing fog.

There was also plenty to ponder for the England head coach Stuart Lancaster with the Six Nations championship now barely a month away. Kyle Eastmond, among the contenders for the inside-centre berth against Wales in Cardiff, limped off with a worrying-looking calf injury and, despite significant efforts from Dave Attwood and Carl Fearns, few of the international candidates in Bath’s ranks enjoyed their best days with Lancaster and his lieutenant Graham Rowntree looking on.

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