|Leicester: (8) 23|
|Tries: Tuilagi, May 2 Con: Ford Pens: Ford 2|
|Bath (21) 27|
|Tries: Clark 2, Rokoduguni Cons: Priestland 3 Pens: Priestland 2|
Bath survived a frantic finale which saw three of their players shown yellow cards to hold on for a first away win at rivals Leicester Tigers since 2003.
Fit-again Manu Tuilagi had put Tigers 8-0 up early on but Bath hit back with Max Clark’s brace and a Semesea Rokoduguni breakaway before the break.
The hosts pressed in the closing stages with debutant Jonny May’s two tries.
But Bath, who played with just 13 men for much of the latter stages and were seemingly overrun late on, survived.
Defeat ensured an unhappy return to life as a Leicester player for England fly-half George Ford, against the club he left in the summer.
It was a disappointing afternoon for Ford which included missed opportunities from the tee, most significantly a missed conversion from a promising angle after May’s first score.
Success at the lineout was key to Bath’s victory, typified by Luke Charteris’ intervention to halt Tiger’s final attack, after the hosts had kicked for the corner in overtime.
Leicester, who finished seven points above fifth-placed Bath last season, had not failed to to win their opening match of a season since 2011.
Leicester: Veainu; Malouf, Tuilagi, Toomua, May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Genge, Tom Youngs (capt), Mulipola, Barrow, Kitchener, Ryan, O’Connor, Kalamafoni.
Replacements: Thacker, Bateman, Cole, Williams, Hamilton, Harrison, Joe Ford, Tait.
Bath: Watson; Rokoduguni, Joseph, Clark, Banahan; Priestland, Cook; Obano, Dunn, Palma-Newport, Charteris, Stooke, Garvey (capt), Louw, Faletau.
Replacements: Walker, Auterac, Perenise, Phillips, Grant, Fotuali’i, Burns, Tapuai.