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Nic Ladds 26th Sep 2009 - 7:58

Free scoring Bath to show try shy Leicester how it's done

A thrilling tie awaits rugby union fans as 8/11 Bath, resurgent after their win last time take on the mighty but currently try-shy Leicester who can be backed at 11/10.

It has been a quiet start for the Tigers after an opening game defeat to Sale followed by two solid if unspectacular victories against Harlequins and Newcastle, but all their points have come from the boot and they will be desperate to at last cross the line.

After defeats in their opening two games, Bath recorded an excellent win last time away at Sale and will hope to continue this form back at The Recreation Ground.

The handicap is set with Leicester receiving a two point start at 10/11 with the home side also 10/11 in receipt of the two, and staticians will be interested to know that while The Tigers won four out of five encounters between these two last time, they have only won once in their last seven visits to The Rec.

Leicester have the luxury of recalling international trio Julian White, Lewis Moody and Aaron Mauger to the side which is going to strengthen the side for sure, while Richard Cockerill makes three other changes with Richard Blaze, Jordan Crane and James Grindal coming in to the side.

Mauger will be at the top of many punters' lists to score the Tigers' first try of the game and indeed of the season at 14/1 while Johne Murphy and Scott Hamilton come in as 10/1 favourites, while with Dan Hipkiss on the bench he could be worth a bet to score the last try at 14/1.

Usually for Bath it would be foolish to look past Matt Banahan to score first and he is available at 14/1 but he will be playing in the centres which leaves Joe Maddock and Jack Cuthbert on the wings and the pair are 10/1 and 11/1 respectively to go over first.

In what looks a desperately close game on paper Bath are 9/2 to repeat last year's winning margin and win by 1-5 points while 6-10 is 11/2 with Leicester also 9/2 to record a 1-5 point victory.

For those who feel Leicester are going to recapture their best form with a host of international returning, a winning margin of 11-15 in their favour could be worth an investment at 9/1.

If you think Leicester's barren try run is going to continue then 4/5 about Bath to score the first team try looks a great bet which could also bring the 4/5 about Bath in the race to 10 points in to your calculations.

This will as usual be hard fought and is likely to be close and while Bath have lost two of their last three at home they have a great record at The Rec against Leicester and until the Tigers start scoring freely they are worth taking on with a narrow winning margin to the home side looking the best call.


Bath to win by 1-5 points - 9/2

Bath to score the first team try - 4/5


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