European heartbreak for Saffas

Heyneke Meyer’s Leicester Tigers and Butch James’ Bath crashed out of the EDF Energy Cup on Friday.

Despite their 30-20 victory over the Sale Sharks, the Tigers were eliminated by virtue of the fact that Cardiff beat Bath in the other pool match to advance.

The Tigers led 13-0 at the break but squandered that lead and were forced to scrap in the second half, where a injury-time try from Jordan Crane finally sealed the result. Former Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard kicked 13 points.

“Our first priorities are the Premiership and the Heineken Cup but we want to win every single trophy,” Meyer said. “It was always going to be tough to have two away games and one at home.

“I thought we lost our composure after half-time, which was unacceptable. There were a lot of new guys in there but we can play a lot better. It was a tougher game than we needed.”

Meanwhile in Cardiff, James was rested for Bath’s final pool game which his side controlled for large periods.

They were, however, blunted by some outstanding defence and eventually succumbed, with constant infringements at the breakdown hurting them badly as Ben Blair slotted four penalties.