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Bath Rugby edged out of hard-fought derby

Gloucester Rugby 16 v 10 Bath Rugby

6 October 2012, KO 14:15

AVIVA Premiership

Conversion | Donald 1' Penalty | Donald 19' Penalty | Burns 30' Penalty | Burns 32' Substitution | Savage <> James 45' Try | Cook 51' Conversion | Burns 52' Substitution | Claassens <> McMillan 52' Substitution | Taylor <> Skuse 52' Substitution | McMillan <> Claassens 56' Substitution | Harden <> Knight 58' Substitution | Robson <> Cowan 58' Substitution | Day <> Spencer 60' Substitution | Edmonds <> Britton 62' Substitution | Wood <> Murphy 62' Substitution | Mears <> Batty 63' Substitution | Wilson <> Perenise 63' Substitution | Claassens <> Cuthbert 69' Substitution | James <> Catt 69' Substitution | Hipkiss <> McMillan 69' Drop goal | Burns 73' Substitution | Donald <> Devoto 77'



















6 October 2012, 5:52pm

Bath Rugby edged out of hard-fought derby

Despite a converted try within the first minute of the game from Stephen Donald, Bath Rugby could not prevent local rivals Gloucester taking the bragging rights in a physical, hard-fought West Country derby at Kingsholm. Final Score 16-10.

It looked to be the perfect start for Bath when Donald went over after just 32 seconds. Nick Abendanon had burst through and offloaded to David Wilson, who then made a bullocking run of his own. The tighthead quickly offloaded out of the tackle to Donald who burst through the Gloucester defence and sprinted 40 metres to score. He converted his own try, giving the visitors an early 0-7 lead.

It was a lead they held on to for the remainder of the first half as they pinned the home side back in their own half, quickly snuffing out any threat of attack from the Cherry and Whites.

With the notorious Shed somewhat quieter than normal, the 14th minute initially seemed to silence them even more. Sam Vesty received the ball in the midfield and looped round to grubber through to Eastmond out wide. The wing danced along the edge of the try-line, and managed to get the ball away to Abendanon just before he was tackled. Abendanon touched down, and it looked as if Bath had doubled their lead. Referee Dave Pearson consulted the TMO however, who ruled no try as Eastmond had edged into touch before offloading.

A penalty at the scrum meant Bath could extend their lead six minutes later though, Donald sending the ball sailing through the posts following some good work from the pack. 0-10.

Whilst Bath were on top for much of the first half, two penalties late in the first half from Freddie Burns got some points on the board for the home side, and gave them a lift going in at half-time. 6-10.

Burns had the chance early in the second-half to narrow the gap once more, but he was wide with the penalty attempt.

It didn't dent the Gloucester confidence though, and they dominated early on in the second half. They appeared to have got their first try of the match through Shane Monahan, but some critical defensive work from Tom Biggs and Ben Skirving saw the TMO rule no try after a double movement from the wing.

The Bath defence was working incredibly hard to keep the home side at bay, and after 52 minutes, they were stretched too far – Rob Cook going over in the corner. Burns got the conversion, giving Gloucester the lead for the first time in the game. 13-10.

A cliché it may be, but the game was quickly becoming one of two halves – whilst Gloucester had struggled for possession in the first half, so Bath were doing in the second. There were good breaks from Donald, Skirving and Biggs, but the visitors just couldn't capitalise on them.

A drop goal from Burns on the 72nd minute gave the home side a small buffer, and whilst Bath battled hard for the remaining minutes, they were unable to breach the fierce home defence, and so had to settle for a losing bonus point.

Final Score – Gloucester Rugby 16 – Bath Rugby 10.

Match details

Referee: Dave Pearson
Half Time score: 6-10


Tries: Cook (51)
Cons: Burns (52)
Drop Goals: Burns (73)
Pens: Burns (30,32)


Tries: Donald (0)
Cons: Donald (1)
Pens: Donald (19)

Gloucester score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Rob Cook 1 0 0 0 5
Freddie Burns 0 1 2 1 11

Bath score card

Name Tries Conv Pen Drop Pts
Stephen Donald 1 1 1 0 10

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Bath Rugby Lineup
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Sam Vesty

Fly Half




P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
1 FB Rob Cook15Nick Abendanon FB
W Shane Monahan14Kyle Eastmond W
C Henry Trinder13Dan Hipkiss C
C Billy Twelvetrees12Sam Vesty C
W James Simpson-Daniel11Tom Biggs W
2 1 1 FH Freddie Burns10Stephen Donald FH 1 1 1
SH Dan Robson9Michael Claassens SH
P Nick Wood1Paul James P
H Huia Edmonds2Lee Mears H
P Rupert Harden3Dave Wilson P
L Tom Savage4Dominic Day L
L James Hamilton5Dave Attwood L
FL Sione Kalamafoni6Carl Fearns FL
FL Akapusi Qera7Ben Skirving FL
8 Ben Morgan8Simon Taylor 8


rh Koree Britton16Ross Batty rh
rp Dan Murphy17Nathan Catt rp
rp Shaun Knight18Anthony Perenise rp
r8 Will James19Will Spencer r8
rfl Gareth Evans20Will Skuse rfl
rsh Jimmy Cowan21Mark McMillan rsh
rfh Mike Tindall22Ollie Devoto rfh
rc Martyn Thomas23Jack Cuthbert rc