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Friday, January 09, 2009

Late Tom Croft try sneaks win over Bath for Leicester

Leicester came back in style against Bath on the weekend after it looked like the game had gotten away from them, following an out of sorts first half performance.

The late second try for Tom Croft tied the scores at 22-22, with flyhalf Derick Hougaard left to do what he does best – convert the kick.

Hougaard had slotted an important drop goal before that, setting up the finale as Leicester chased the game in an effort to pull off the late win.

It was 16 phases as they hammered away at the Bath defence, keeping their cool as they eventually worked the space for Croft out wide to go over for a dramatic late try. The versatile and athletic forward had the presence of mind to get the ball closer to the posts, making the vital kick for Hougaard that little bit easier.

The kick went over and Leicester won this one by 24-22.

"No cause is ever lost, we kept on playing and they sat on their lead a little," said Richard Cockerill. "This was a great win for us, I think it could be a tuning point to our season. It keeps us in touch in the Premiership - a gap would have opened otherwise - and now we have got three big games in a row, a big local derby against Northampton and then two huge European games."

Time: 03:52



  • brilliant!
    this pure will to keep the ball alive and thus taking every single inch closer to se posts - amazing!
    and take a bow for mister croft! how he raced onto the posts after crossing the line, with those tiny in-goal areas they have on most pitches in england, just world class!

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at January 09, 2009 10:48 am  

  • uncontested scrums?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 09, 2009 11:26 am  

  • hahah look at 2:12. dont think the ref should be involved like tht..hmmm

    By Anonymous jamjam, at January 09, 2009 1:54 pm  

  • As much as I love big hits and fast tries, the videos of tries like this are my absolute favorite. THIS is what I think of when I think of rugby, 30 players slogging it out over every inch of the pitch. Beautiful.

    By Anonymous istya, at January 09, 2009 6:42 pm  

  • this was an awesome match. i was there with my family, and the atmosphere at the end was just electric (which isnt often the case with tigers fans!). what was even more crucial though, which isnt shown on the video, was that bath worked themselves into a drop goal position just before the full time hooter, and butch was about to pop it over when the wurzel himself, lewis moody dives into his path for a match saving charge down. that for me, was better than the try (mainly coz i was at that end and saw the charge down but not the try!)

    By Anonymous adedayo adebayo, at January 09, 2009 8:58 pm  

  • It did go to uncontested scrums due to Tigers props Stankovich and Castrogiovanni picking up knocks. This happened when leicester were behind to so I believe there was no ulterior motive behind it, unlike some other normally High Wycombe based clubs. =)

    Also agree with Moody's charge down in teh last minute. Inspirational.

    By Anonymous Mentallymadmax, at January 10, 2009 2:55 pm  

  • erm...i dont really no what u meen when u say that an electric finish "isnt really the case with tigers fans" please explain.
    please can we get full highlights of the game with the chargedown at the end??

    By Anonymous Martin Johnson, at January 12, 2009 6:38 pm  

  • what i meant is that the atmosphere at welford road isnt always exciting, and some of the fans can be a bit stuffy and dont always want to get into things, but it really picked up at the end.

    By Anonymous adedayo adebayo, at January 13, 2009 2:36 am  

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