100 Year Old Rugby Rivalry - Leicester vs Bath
Leicester Tigers and Bath will face off this weekend in one of rugby’s oldest and most fiercely contested rivalries. The first fixture between these two clubs took place 100 years ago on September 13th 1913.
Bath’s Director of Rugby Gary Gold has described the fixture as “Monumental” and previous encounters have not disappointed. Head to head Tigers have won 31 out of a total of 52 fixtures. This impressive record makes Tigers fans expect to leave Bath with 5 points under their belt.
Tigers will have to march into battle without their commander for the second time this season. Richard Cockerill is still banned from matchday activities for his angry splurge at fourth official Stuart Terheege during the 37-17 win over Northampton in the Aviva Premiership final last year. He is now trying to curb his temper by participating in Bikram Yoga, only time will tell if this can tame Cockerills infamous temper. On game day more experienced players such as Parling and Salvi will have to lead from the front to ensure a victory for our boys in green.
Both teams chalked up convincing wins last week over weaker opponents, this heavyweight clash will be a real test to gauge who the dominant forces are in the 2013/2014 Aviva Premiership season.