Sunday, 2 December 2012

Louw and Banahan see red as Bath Rugby lose at Leicester Tigers

The referee took centre stage as Bath Rugby slipped to a narrow defeat at Welford Road in an ill-tempered Aviva Premiership affair, but head coach Gary Gold insisted his focus was on his own players after they were once again their own worst enemies.

Bath looked on course to record an Aviva Premiership victory in the back yard of old foes Leicester Tigers as tries for Stephen Donald and Tom Biggs more than cancelled out two George Ford penalties.

But ill-discipline was to cost them as Francois Louw was shown a red card for elbowing Graham Kitchener in the face, before Matt Banahan followed him off the pitch for a high challenge on Anthony Allen.

Tigers' Brett Deacon was also shown red for punching Banahan in the face in retaliation, but with Simon Taylor and Donald also being sin-binned by referee Tim Wigglesworth, Bath were fighting an uphill battle and Adam Thompstone's try and Ford's boot got Leicester over the line.

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