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Leicester gain revenge on Bath and help Northampton extend their Premiership lead

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A Tom Youngs try and four Owen Williams penalties helped Leicester avenge their 45-0 drubbing against Bath in September with a 17-8 victory.

Bath wouldn’t have expected such an easy ride when they visited Welford Road for the return fixture and Leicester went someway to avenge their September thrashing by halting Bath’s title charge.

Despite taking the lead early on through fly-half George Ford, Bath didn’t look anything like the side they can be.

Bath’s forwards were unrecognisable from the side that saw off Leicester with ease a matter of months ago.

Their poor performance was illustrated by the fact that captain Stuart Hooper kept the players on the pitch to a give a Phil Brown style half-time talking to.

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Sadly for Bath there was no Jimmy Bullard style celebration to match and Leicester saw out the second half with relative ease against their west country counterparts.

Northampton Saints saw off Newcastle 39-31 at Franklin's Gardens to extend their lead at the top of the table and make Bath's weekend even worse.

Elsewhere in the Premiership, there were comfortable home wins for Saracens and Wasps over London Irish and Sale respectively.

A Ben Morgan try helped Gloucester edge Exeter 26-25 away and Harlequins piled on the misery for London Welsh who still haven’t won a game this season.

Bath will hope to bounce back from their defeat at Leicester at home to Wasps on Saturday and hope that Sale can do them a favour against Northampton.

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Tom Youngs
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Aviva Premiership
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