Leicester 35-22 Bath: Mike Brown rolls back the years as the former England international stars in dominant performance at Welford Road

  • Mike Brown scored a try as Leicester comfortably defeated Bath at Welford Road
  • The 38-year-old’s current deal with the Tigers is set to expire later this week
  • Leicester coach Dan McKellar revealed he is trying to convince Brown to play on 

Veteran Mike Brown is set to sign a new deal at Leicester after proving age is just a number in the Tigers’ mauling of Bath’s second-stringers.

The 38-year-old’s contract is up this week but the club are desperate for him to sign an extension that will keep him in the Midlands until the end of the season.

Normally a full back in his 18 seasons as a professional, Brown played on the wing here as Leicester tore apart a Bath side missing Finn Russell, Ben Spencer and Joe Cokanasiga.

The old-timer scored one try, as Tigers claimed a bonus point before the break, and ran around like a teenager.

And Tigers head coach Dan McKellar revealed he is doing everything in his power to get Brown to sign on for more.

Mike Brown produced a veteran performance as Leicester defeated Bath at Welford Road

McKellar said: ‘I reckon I could play Browny in the second row and he would do a job – he is the ultimate competitor, a real quality rugby player and someone you want to keep.

‘I am doing all I can to keep him at the club, we will see where we get to over the next couple of days. 

‘You are not playing professionally at his age to the level he is if you are not the ultimate pro. 

‘I talk about paid rugby players and professional rugby players and he is professional rugby – that is why he is still playing now.’

Bath head coach Johann van Graan refused to apologise for sending a weakened team to Welford Road, despite the game being a 25,849 sell-out.

His side were hamstrung by cards to back rowers GJ van Velze and Jaco Coetzee, which meant they trailed 35-10 before a late rally.

Bath rested a number of their star players for the clash, with regular skipper Ben Spencer among those not included

Bath rested a number of their star players for the clash, with regular skipper Ben Spencer among those not included

‘It doesn’t matter what team is on the pitch, if you concede two yellow cards away to Tigers you are going to be under pressure,’ Van Graan said. 

‘I have got absolutely no regrets, I back our group and we win together and we lose together. We came here to win but we weren’t good enough.

‘There is a plan behind everything we do, it is not as if we just rocked up.’

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