Steve Borthwick rejected the possibility to teach the Lions this summer time and, on this proof, nonetheless has lots to do to revive one other large beast — the Tigers throwing away their first win right here for a decade.
It got here down to at least one piece of stupidity. With Leicester 20-14 up and 5 minutes left Bathtub had been bundled into contact, their hopes fading quick.
Bathtub’s Zach Mercer — who was once more excellent — squared as much as Joe Heyes, aggravated his facet had been going to lose, after which South African No 8 Jasper Wiese idiotically pulled his reverse quantity by the shirt, yanking him apart with no provocation.
Jasper Wiese gave away a penalty within the final minute to value Leicester victory over Bathtub
Bathtub scrum half Ben Spencer hit a large conversion within the final minute to win it for the house facet
Referee Luke Pearce gave a penalty as an alternative of a Leicester lineout. Three additional penalties and a panic later, Will Muir leapt into the left-hand nook and Ben Spencer hit the huge conversion for Bathtub’s win.
Borthwick, who selected to remain to rebuild Leicester as an alternative of becoming a member of Warren Gatland’s Lions teaching ticket in South Africa, mentioned: ‘Given the place we had been in, I’m disenchanted with the ultimate end result. We’ve bought so much to do — it is a membership who had a behavior of dropping.’
Leicester had been all shouty within the first half with out an excessive amount of to point out for it — then once more, neither did Bathtub. However Ford kicked three penalties for Tigers.
Bathtub’s Will Muir in motion towards Leicester Tigers on the Recreation Floor on Sunday
Bathtub had a strive on the left from Muir, after a high quality break from Anthony Watson, which Spencer transformed however the scrum-half missed a penalty in order that they trailed on the break.
As Bathtub searched for his or her escape route Leicester went about bricking it up, squeezing the life out of their outdated rivals whereas taking their restricted possibilities.
On the correct Matias Moroni scored after Watson had fumbled a excessive Ford kick to permit Tigers in, after which when Ford’s fourth penalty went over Leicester led by 10 with 20 minutes left.
However Miles Reid’s close-range rating and Spencer’s conversion tightened the hole so when Wiese misplaced his head and Bathtub stored theirs, the hosts stole it on the dying to maintain their play-off hopes alive.