Tigers took the spoils in their first meeting, seeing them take a 17-5 victory
The bud of a blossoming battle had begun which would see some incredible conflicts.
The behemohtic battle that now exists between the two sides has seen some phenomenal games in the past but history shows Tigers have taken more spoils than Bath.
Tigers have lifted the Premiership title ten times since 1996, while Bath have only stood at the top of the pile just once before but losing out to Wasps in the 2003-04 final.
The professional era hasn't been such a smooth ride for Bath as it has for Tigers, yet in the wake of the Premiership Bath have held dear some of their encounters with their old Foe. Two such occasions have been pure nip and tuck rugby and won by two of Bath Rugby's South African hero's.
A nail biting victory at the Rec saw a flying Butch James make infamous dive across the line in the last minute, a move he began and finished to an erupting band of Bath faithful as the cheered to see Bath win 21-20.
Emulating James' dive some five years later another South African favourite for Bath, Francois Louw secured a 27-26 victory. Louws swallow dive has become a piece of Bath history and it's picture forever to be used in reference to any Bath vs Tigers fixture.
In the 1980s and 90s they were the two domineering sides in England. Ten of the 13 Courage League/Premiership titles between 1987 and 2000 were won by either of the two teams.
The John Player cup and the Pilkington Cup, now in the form of the LV=cup went in the direction of either Bath or Leicester 15 times between 1979 and 1997.
There has been so many memorable games between Bath and Tigers. In 1989 Bath beat Leicester to secure their first league and cup double with a 10-6 victory in the Pilkington Cup final at Twickenham.
Stuart Barnes scored all of Baths points as they recovered from 6-0 down.
Revenge was sweet for Tiger's a year later as they handed Bath a first cup defeat at The Rec in nine years with a 12-0 victory.
The last day of the season saw the two clubs separated only by Baths points difference, yet they managed to throw away a 32-12 lead against Sale finally finishing with a 38-38 stalemate. The league was within Tigers grasp, they just needed to beat Quins and be crowned Champions. A late penalty miss and Quins were victorious handing the title to Bath.
A humdinger of a final was to follow a week later, a Pilkington Cup final that ended in controversy. Losing 15-9 with just seconds on the clock the referee awarded Bath a penalty try and Callards conversion ended the game-15
The tie didn't finish well as after the final whistle Neil Back pushed the referee and received a six month ban.
I'm sure many Bath fans have tried heavily to forget the fixture at Wellford Road back on September 22nd 2001. Bath were suffering from some very poor form and were led up to the East Midlands like a lamb to the slaughter. A ferocious Tigers team delivered a mauling of Bath, 34-9 up at half time Bath looked dead and buried. Tigers took their foot off the accelerator in the second half despite Bath going down to 14 men after Mallet received his second yellow. Tigers only scored two more tries, one at the last gasp of the game to finish the game a woeful 48-9.
The last time Leicester visited the Rec Bath displayed one of their most complete performances for many years, not only did they record Tigers heaviest defeat to Bath it was the first time they hadn't scored a point in the Premiership. Nobody could of imagined Bath rolling out a 45-0 win, also announcing they are returning to their best and becoming a force in English rugby.