• Evergreen Peter Stringer continues his success at Bath

    peter-stringer-bath-leicester-tigers-aviva-premiershipFormer Munster and Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer continues to make an impact in the Aviva Premiership with a gritty performance in Bath’s 27-27 draw away to Leicester.

    The 36-year-old played 59 minutes in a thrilling see-saw game with a Tigers side that included Irishman Niall Morris on the right wing, his now regular position. Stringer was making his 10th start of the season and once again showed he can still mix it up with the best on offer at the top level of English rugby.

    Morris’ Leicester escaped the jaws of defeat in the dying seconds when blindside flanker Jamie Gibson went over in the right-hand corner. Out-half Owen Williams pulled his conversion attempt which saw the game end with the spoils being shared.

    Irish wing Morris had a quiet day in the Welford Road encounter, making just two carries and completing three passes. His defence was only called upon a handful of times, an indication of the busy day had by the backs and forwards in the centre of the park. Stringer by contrast, was at the heart of the Bath challenge, making nearly 40 passes as Anthony Watson, Francois Louw and Jonathan Joseph all got over to score tries.

    Bath, now coached by former Ireland defence specialist Ford, remain third in the league after this result, but may be disappointed with their inability to hold onto the lead. 48-year-old Ford worked with Ireland from 2002 until 2005, when he first built a relationship with Stringer.

    Morris is in the midst of something of a dry spell in terms of try-scoring and is still looking to get off the mark in the Premiership this season. Now a permanent fixture back on the right wing due to the return of Matthew Tait at fullback, the 25-year-old remains a player of interest to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. With some good game time and a few scores to his name, perhaps we will see Morris break into the Ireland setup for the annual Summer tour.