Friday, January 09, 2009
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.
"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 turning 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," added Cockerill.
The kick went over and Leicester won this one by 24-22.