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Bath Rugby U18 victorious in West Country Derby at Kingsholm

14 February 2022

Bath Rugby Under-18s recorded an emphatic 31-12 away victory against Gloucester at Kingsholm to set up a Finals Day match against Newcastle Falcons.

The junior Blue, Black and Whites started the match with great intensity and opened the scoring in the second minute.

Following a four-man line-out, the visitors hit up the middle and won a breakdown penalty and from the resultant kick to the corner, a strong maul saw Jack Haythornthwaite cross with Sam Harris converting. 

A second try followed soon after. A number of impressive phases in the middle third allowed quick ball on the gainline forced Gloucester to concede an offside penalty. Duly kicked to the corner once again, George Timmins this time proving the beneficiary of a fast-moving maul.

From the kick-off, Ieuan Davies’ smart exit via a box kick caused havoc in the backfield and the pressure on the Cherry & Whites’ full-back allowed Rory Crum to pick up the pieces. The wing galloped on and beat a couple of defenders on his way to a beautiful finish out wide. 

Gloucester did manage to respond before the break and took the scoreline to 19-12 just after half-time. 

However, Bath regrouped and Davies won an intense kicking battle with a 50:22, earning field position for another maul-try; prop Tom Hill getting his name on the scoresheet. 

The visitors continued to attack until the end and a fourth maul finish confirmed the 31-12 scoreline and it was a special one as replacement hooker Zak Dinning crossed on debut.


 

“There are a lot of positives to take from the match,” Academy Manager Craig Lilley said. 

“It was fantastic to give the whole squad an opportunity of some game time and give them stadium experience by playing at Kingsholm.

“We started the game brilliantly but let them back into it either side of half-time. The big lesson for us to take into the Finals Day is once we’re on top, stay there. As a group, the lads need to understand what we need to do to make that happen. We’re really looking forward to seeing them do that at the end of the month.”


Bath Rugby U18 team v Gloucester 

15 Byron Lloyd-Gilmour (Marlborough College | Salisbury RFC)
14 Kamoto Kamanga-Dyrbak (Millfield School | KCB Kenya)
13 Max Ashton (Beechen Cliff School | Chippenham RFC)
12 Will Parry (Sherborne School | Henley Hawks RFC)
11 Rory Crum (Beechen Cliff School | Bournemouth RFC)
10 Sam Harris © (Millfield School | Hertford RFC)
9 Ieuan Davies (Millfield School | Neath Athletic RFC)
1 Tom Hill (Wells Cathedral | Wells RFC)
2 Max Pearce (Millfield School | Chippenham RFC)
3 Jaden Ephgrave (Beechen Cliff School | Chippenham RFC)
4 Eddie Erskine (Millfield School | Dorchester RFC)
5 Rory Cameron (Avon Valley College | Amesbury RFC)
6 Jack Haythornthwaite (Beechen Cliff School | Chew Valley RFC)
7 George Timmins (Millfield School | Market Harborough RFC)
8 JJ O’Connell-Wozniak (Beechen Cliff School | Bath RFC)

Replacements 

16 Zak Dinning (Downside School | Bradford-on-Avon RFC)
17 Harry Love (Beechen Cliff School | Wells RFC)
18 Alex Peat Diable (Beechen Cliff School)
19 Tom Roach (Kingswood School | Walcot RFC)
20 Alex Salah (King Edward’s School | Chippenham RFC)
21 Ollie Byrne (Beechen Cliff School | Wimborne RFC)
22 Ruben Soloman-Gardner (Beechen Cliff School | Walcot RFC)
23 Raff Weston (Beechen Cliff School | Walcot RFC)


 

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