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Bath Rugby seal record third consecutive win at Kingsholm

Gloucester Rugby 12 v Bath Rugby 17

Bath Rugby snatched a thrilling 12-17 win in the second West Country derby of the season, thanks to two superb tries from winger Semesa Rokoduguni.

It was Bath's third consecutive victory at Kingsholm, making them the first side to achieve that feat in the professional era. 

After trailing 9-7 at the break, Bath got the better of their rivals in the second half at Kingsholm thanks to a brilliant piece of footwork just three minutes from the end of what was a brutal, physical contest.

Bath welcomed back Grand Slam winners George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson after their successful stint with England, whereas Nathan Catt made his first start of the season in the front row.

The hosts made seven changes to the side which lost to London Irish last weekend, handing starts to Greig Laidlaw and Ross Moriarty after their Six Nations campaigns for Scotland and Wales respectively.

In weather conditions suited for anything but running rugby, it was the hosts who opened the scoring courtesy of Laidlaw’s boot.

Matt Garvey attempted to take a high ball, but when it was knocked forward, the Scotland international’s kick crept over.

Bath’s nerves were clear to see early on. Watson, magnificent for England last week, kicked out on the full two minutes later leading to another Gloucester penalty with nine minutes on the clock.

Laidlaw again made no mistake, increasing the lead to six.

As expected, the contest became a physical midfield battle soon after – but Watson showed his class with a jinking run through the middle before his chip and chase was claimed just five yards from the try line.

However, despite the early pressure from the Cherry and Whites, it was Bath who scored the first try of the evening.

A tremendous Henry Thomas burst, breaking through two tackles, saw the tighthead find support runner Chris Cook, who cantered under the posts.

Ford kicked the extras, handing the lead to the visitors.

Bath’s advantage lasted only two minutes, as yet another easy Gloucester penalty courtesy of Laidlaw left the score 9-7 midway through the first half.

Gloucester controlled the majority of the territory for the remainder of the half, but the Bath backs began to flex their muscles as the rain continued to soak the Kingsholm pitch.

Flashes of Bath brilliance were often followed up by handling errors from both sides – however when Rokoduguni seized on a loose ball with a minute to go until half time, the visitors had another scoring opportunity.

After Gloucester failed to roll away from a ruck on the far side, George Ford - usually metronomic from the boot – could only put his effort wide.

Half-time: Gloucester Rugby 9-7 Bath Rugby

Bath were the first out the blocks after the interval – and made the pressure count.

Having held the ball for a number of phases, the ball was spread wide to Rokoduguni – and from ten metres out, the winger sidestepped his way to the line to dive over for his sixth try in four consecutive games. Ford missed the difficult conversion, putting Bath three points ahead.

Outstanding work from Dom Day, just metres from his own try line, meant a response from the hosts was muted – however a string of infringements kept the penalty count totting up and the pressure firmly on the Bath defence.

Laidlaw slotted a kick in front of the posts after referee Wayne Barnes had seen enough, and the game was all square once more.

With the hosts keeping the ball for long periods of the second half, Bath’s defence continued to cling on – and when a handling error during a ruck gave Bath a scrum, a rare foray into Gloucester’s half looked promising.

After Gloucester were penalised for wheeling the scrum, Ford was presented with another shot at goal – but the swirling wind meant the kick fell just short.

After the teams traded infringements, Rokoduguni rescued the situation for Bath - and after picking the ball out from the back of a ruck, he darted through the defence and powered over the line with just two minutes left on the clock.

Ford again couldn’t add the extras, but with so little time left on the clock, Bath’s tails were up and they held on to record a famous victory.

Full-time: Gloucester Rugby 12-17 Bath Rugby

Report by Dan Brown

Match details

Kingsholm
Aviva Premiership
26 March 2016
KO 17:30

Attendance: 16,500
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Half Time score: 9-7

Gloucester:
Penalties: Laidlaw (3, 8, 16, 55)
Bath:
Tries: Cook (13), Rokoduguni (43, 75)
Conversions: Ford (14)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Gloucester and Bath.

4'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 3 - 0 Bath

Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

9'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 6 - 0 Bath

Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

14'

Try for Bath! Gloucester 6 - 5 Bath

Chris Cook scores for Bath.

15'

Conversion! Gloucester 6 - 7 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

17'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 9 - 7 Bath

Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Gloucester 9 - 7 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

44'

Try for Bath! Gloucester 9 - 12 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

46'

Substitution

Amanaki Mafi replaces Guy Mercer for Bath.

56'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 12 - 12 Bath

Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

56'

Substitution

Max Lahiff replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Mariano Galarza replaces Jeremy Thrush for Gloucester.

64'

Substitution

David Wilson replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Gareth Evans replaces Sione Kalamafoni for Gloucester.

67'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Henry Trinder replaces Bill Meakes for Gloucester.

72'

Substitution

Levi Douglas replaces Dominic Day for Bath.

75'

Substitution

Yann Thomas replaces Paddy McAllister for Gloucester.

76'

Try for Bath! Gloucester 12 - 17 Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Mark Atkinson replaces Billy Twelvetrees for Gloucester.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Gloucester 12 - 17 Bath.

Gloucester Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Greig Laidlaw004012
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Semesa Rokoduguni200010
Chris Cook10005
George Ford01002
Gloucester v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PPaddy
McAllister
1Nathan
Catt
P    
    HDarren
Dawidiuk
2Rob
Webber
H    
    PJohn
Afoa
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LTom
Savage
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
    LJeremy
Thrush
5Dominic
Day
L    
    FLSione
Kalamafoni
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLMatt
Kvesic
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Ross
Moriarty
8Leroy
Houston
8    
4   SHGreig
Laidlaw
9Chris
Cook
SH1   
    FHJames
Hook
10George
Ford
FH 1  
    WSteve
McColl
11Matt
Banahan
W    
    CBilly
Twelvetrees
12Ollie
Devoto
C    
    CBill
Meakes
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WDavid
Halaifonua
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W2   
    FBTom
Marshall
15Anthony
Watson
FB    
Replacements
    RRichard
Hibbard
16Tom
Dunn
RH    
Replacements
    RLuke
Cole
16Tom
Dunn
RH    
    RPYann
Thomas
17Max
Lahiff
RP    
    RPaul
Doran-Jones
18David
Wilson
RP    
    RLMariano
Galarza
19Amanaki
Mafi
R8    
    RFLGareth
Evans
20Levi
Douglas
RL    
    RCallum
Braley
21Jonathan
Evans
R    
    RCMark
Atkinson
22Rhys
Priestland
R    
    RCHenry
Trinder
23Horacio
Agulla
R