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Bath fight back to claim draw with Gloucester

Bath Rugby 31 v Gloucester Rugby 31

Bath Rugby fought back from 21 points down to claim a 31-31 draw against West Country rivals Gloucester Rugby at the Rec.

It was end to end action in the opening quarter, but the game remained scoreless until the 15th minute.

It was Danny Cipriani, who opened the Bath defence, as the fly-half sent a clever grubber kick through from halfway. Billy Twelvetrees collected the ball and offloaded in the tackle to Lewis Ludlow, who carried the ball into the Bath 22. Play was spread to Henry Trinder, before Matt Banahan charged through to five metre line. Following several phases, Ruan Ackerman was able to bundle his way over from close range. Cipriani added the conversion to give his side the early lead. [0-7]

The visitors doubled their lead just over 10 minutes later, with Cipriani pulling the strings once again. The England international drew the Bath defence before sending a perfectly weighted pass to Ackerman, who went through the gap to score his and Gloucester’s second try of the match. [0-14]

Gloucester increased their lead to 21 points, six minutes before the interval. It was Callum Braley, who went over under the posts after good work from Billy Twelvetrees at the breakdown. Cipriani extended Gloucester’s lead with the conversion. [0-21]

In the last action of the first half, Bath got their first points of the afternoon. The Blue, Black and White put pressure on the Gloucester line, and their patience was rewarded. The ball was recycled to the right wing and Freddie Burns sent a long pass to Rokoduguni, who finished in the corner. Burns’ touchline conversion went straight through the uprights to reduce the deficit. [7-21]

Half-time - Bath Rugby 7-21 Gloucester Rugby

The home side came out of the blocks quickly in the second-half, with Joe Cokanasiga coming within touching distance of a try. Nathan Catt released the winger out wide, but was agonisingly bundled into touch just short of the line. However, Bath managed to steal subsequent line-out, and Tom Dunn crashed over from close range. Burns’ conversion took Bath to within seven points on the scoreboard with just 42 minutes played. [14-21]

It got even better for the Blue, Black and White, as they levelled the scores with just over 15 minutes to play. An intelligent kick on halfway from Max Green, was gathered by Rokoduguni, with the winger making strides into the Gloucester 22. The forwards ground out the hard metres before Dunn crashed over for his second of the game. Replacement Rhys Priestland brought the scores level with the successful conversion attempt. [21-21]

Gloucester hit back with Jason Woodward showing his attacking intent with a 50 metre dart into the Bath 22. Moments later, Referee Luke Pearce signalled for the penalty and the reliable Twelvetrees put Gloucester three in front with just 10 minutes to play. [21-24]

The drama continued from the restart, as Rokoduguni leapt highest to put Bath back on the attack close to the Gloucester line. Bath continued to press the Cherry and White defence, and a penalty soon followed for the hosts. Priestland stepped up once again to draw the sides level once again. [24-24]

Bath struck again soon after, with the forwards setting up another scoring opportunity. Jackson Willison found space in the Gloucester 22, before sending a looping pass to Elliott Stooke to finish in the corner. Priestland gave Bath a seven-point advantage with five minutes left. [31-24]

Gloucester weren’t ready to give in without a fight and struck two minutes before the final whistle through none other than Matt Banahan. Gloucester worked their way up into the Bath’s 22, earning a penalty which Cipriani sent into the corner. The visitors kept plugging away at the Bath defence before Cipriani sent Banahan through for a try on his return to the Rec. Twelvetrees kept his composure from the tee to see the game finish all square in a thrilling derby encounter.

Full-time - Bath Rugby 31-31 Gloucester Rugby

 

 

 

 

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
8 September 2018
KO 16:30

Attendance: 14278
Referee: Luke Pearce
Half Time score: 7-21

Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni (39), Dunn (42, 63), Stooke (73)
Conversions: Burns (40, 43), Priestland (63, 75)
Penalties: Priestland (71)
Gloucester:
Tries: Ackermann (14, 25), Braley (33), Banahan (77)
Conversions: Twelvetrees (15, 26, 34, 78)
Penalties: Twelvetrees (69)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Gloucester.

15'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 0 - 5 Gloucester

Ruan Ackermann scores for Gloucester.

16'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 7 Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees with a conversion for Gloucester.

16'

Substitution

Mark Atkinson replaces Danny Cipriani for Gloucester.

23'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Matt Garvey for Bath.

24'

Substitution

Danny Cipriani replaces Mark Atkinson for Gloucester.

26'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 0 - 12 Gloucester

Ruan Ackermann scores for Gloucester.

27'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 14 Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees with a conversion for Gloucester.

32'

Substitution

Josh Hohneck replaces Val Rapava Ruskin for Gloucester.

34'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 0 - 19 Gloucester

Callum Braley scores for Gloucester.

35'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 21 Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees with a conversion for Gloucester.

40'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 21 Gloucester

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

41'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 21 Gloucester

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 7 - 21 Gloucester.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

43'

Try for Bath! Bath 12 - 21 Gloucester

Tom Dunn scores for Bath.

44'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 21 Gloucester

Freddie Burns with a conversion for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Jake Polledri replaces Ruan Ackermann for Gloucester.

52'

Substitution

Jacques Van Rooyen replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

52'

Substitution

Anthony Perenise replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

59'

Substitution

Franco Marais replaces James Hanson for Gloucester.

60'

Substitution

Mark Atkinson replaces Charlie Sharples for Gloucester.

60'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

64'

Try for Bath! Bath 19 - 21 Gloucester

Tom Dunn scores for Bath.

64'

Conversion! Bath 21 - 21 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Max Green for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Ben Vellacott replaces Callum Braley for Gloucester.

70'

Penalty Goal! Bath 21 - 24 Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

70'

Substitution

Tom Ellis replaces Taulupe Faletau for Bath.

72'

Penalty Goal! Bath 24 - 24 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Freddie Clarke replaces Mariano Galarza for Gloucester.

74'

Try for Bath! Bath 29 - 24 Gloucester

Elliott Stooke scores for Bath.

76'

Conversion! Bath 31 - 24 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

76'

Substitution

Ciaran Knight replaces Fraser Balmain for Gloucester.

78'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 31 - 29 Gloucester

Matt Banahan scores for Gloucester.

79'

Conversion! Bath 31 - 31 Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees with a conversion for Gloucester.

81'

FULL TIME!

Final score: Bath 31 - 31 Gloucester.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Tom Dunn200010
Rhys Priestland02107
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Elliott Stooke10005
Freddie Burns02004
Gloucester Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Billy Twelvetrees041011
Ruan Ackermann200010
Callum Braley10005
Matt Banahan10005
Bath v Gloucester
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNathan
Catt
1Val Rapava
Ruskin
P    
   2HTom
Dunn
2James
Hanson
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Fraser
Balmain
P    
    LDave
Attwood
4Ed
Slater
L    
    LMatt
Garvey
5Mariano
Galarza
L    
    FLZach
Mercer
6Ruan
Ackermann
FL2   
    FLSam
Underhill
7Lewis
Ludlow
FL    
    8Taulupe
Faletau
8Ben
Morgan
8    
    SHMax
Green
9Callum
Braley
SH1   
  2 FHFreddie
Burns
10Danny
Cipriani
FH    
    WJoe
Cokanasiga
11Matt
Banahan
W1   
    CJamie
Roberts
12Billy
Twelvetrees
C 4 1
    CJackson
Willison
13Henry
Trinder
C    
   1WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Charlie
Sharples
W    
    FBTom
Homer
15Jason
Woodward
FB    
Replacements
    RJack
Walker
16Franco
Marais
RH    
    RPJacques
Van Rooyen
17Josh
Hohneck
RP    
    RPAnthony
Perenise
18Ciaran
Knight
RP    
   1RLElliott
Stooke
19Freddie
Clarke
RL    
    R8Tom
Ellis
20Jake
Polledri
RFL    
    RSHChris
Cook
21Ben
Vellacott
RSH    
1 2 RFHRhys
Priestland
22Mark
Atkinson
RFH    
    RAled
Brew
23Tom
Hudson
R