Tigers rescue thrilling draw at Bath
Leicester Tigers narrowly avoided a defeat at Welford Road after Owen Williams' late conversion sealed a 27-27 draw with Bath. It cruelly robbed Bath of their first win at the Tigers in over a decade as Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph and Francois Louw all crossed the white line. However it was down to man-of-the-match Jamie Gibson to score a late try before Williams added a further two points. Leicester director of rugby Cockerill said: "It was a good game, it ebbed and flowed. We made some schoolboy errors in defence and Bath took their tries well. But it was a contest between two good sides who both had a crack, we will take the two points and move on."
Wasps see off Chiefs challenge
In another thrilling Aviva Premiership fixture on Sunday, London Wasps were 19-16 winners against Exeter Chiefs at Adams Park. It was Wasps fly-half Andy Goode who proved the match-winner as he slotted a last-minute drop goal to complete the home side's comeback. Exeter had a 13-3 lead at half-time but Rob Baxter's men were powerless to prevent Wasps mounting a second-half comeback. Joe Simpson scored the London side's only try whilst Goode kicked a total of 11 points, including his winning drop goal. It leaves Wasps a point behind fourth-placed Harlequins, who lost 23-9 to Northampton Saints.
O'Connor stars for Exiles
Disgraced Australia scrum-half James O'Connor scored his first try for London Irish to help the Exiles seal a comfortable win against Worcester. The 23-year-old was the star performer at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday as the Wallaby was responsible for all 22 points in his side's 22-9 win. It comes as no surprise that O'Connor's current form has prompted speculation linking him with a host of top European clubs. O'Connor's contract with the Exiles expires at the end of the season and London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith insists the No10 is going nowhere. "James is a world-class player and I think you saw that," he said. "He'll go back [to Australia] in January 2015 and play in rugby in Australia and for the Wallabies in the build-up to the World Cup. He's 23 years of age and he should be playing for his country."
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