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Bath Rugby take derby spoils at Kingsholm

Gloucester Rugby 6 v Bath Rugby 15

Bath Rugby battled to take the West Country derby day spoils at Kingsholm, beating Gloucester Rugby 6-15.

Greig Laidlaw had the chance to take an early lead for the home side, however the kick was uncharacteristically sent wide by the scrum-half.

The wet conditions underfoot played their part in an error-strewn first-half, as neither side seemed able to build up any meaningful momentum. Bath’s first real foray into the Gloucester 22 came 20 minutes into the half. Patient phase play allowed George Ford to shift back into the pocket, only for his drop goal attempt to come back at him off the post.

It wasn’t until the 30th minute that the first points of the game were registered on the scoreboard – James Hook firing a huge penalty over from the half-way line after Bath were penalised at the scrum. He tried to repeat his efforts moments later, but the slightly longer shot dropped short.

Half-time score: Gloucester Rugby 3 – Bath Rugby 0

As the weather improved, so did the rugby. Bath came out with real purpose at the start of the second-half, pressurising the home side in their own half.

A drop goal from Ford drew the visitors level after 45 minutes, but Laidlaw added a penalty of his own not long after to take his side back in front.

With scoring opportunities few and far between, any chances at goal were taken. Ford saw a long-range penalty attempt fall just wide, but the momentum was with the visitors, and the concerted amount of pressure being put on the hosts soon paid off.

An attacking lineout five metres out provided a solid platform from which Bath attacked. Gloucester defended the maul well, however couldn’t prevent the ball being sent quickly through the hands along the backline. Tom Homer drew the defence, allowing Anthony Watson to find the gap on the outside to dive into the corner and score. 6-8.

Laidlaw’s off-target day with the boot continued, two penalty attempts from distance falling away short of the uprights. Instead, it was Bath who had the deciding play in the game five minutes from time.

A scrum – of which there were many in this game – in the home 22 provided quick ball to the backs. Watson was tackled just short of the line, but the ball was quickly recycled and ended in the hands of Man of the Match Matt Banahan, who had the simple task of dotting down in the corner. Ford added the conversion to increase the points difference to nine.

It was too much for Gloucester to overcome, and with time up on the clock, Banahan sent the ball sailing into touch to seal the derby day victory for the visitors.

Final score: Gloucester Rugby 6 – Bath Rugby 15

Match details

Kingsholm
Aviva Premiership
1 October 2016
KO 15:00

Referee: JP Doyle
Half Time score: 3-0

Gloucester:
Penalties: Hook (30), Laidlaw (48)
Bath:
Tries: Watson (61), Banahan (73)
Conversions: Ford (75)
Drop goals: Ford (45)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Gloucester and Bath.

31'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 3 - 0 Bath

James Hook kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Gloucester 3 - 0 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

46'

Drop Goal! Gloucester 3 - 3 Bath

George Ford scores for Bath.

49'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 6 - 3 Bath

Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

55'

Substitution

Dave Attwood replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Yann Thomas replaces Paddy McAllister for Gloucester.

60'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Kane Palma-Newport replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

62'

Try for Bath! Gloucester 6 - 8 Bath

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

64'

Substitution

Zach Mercer replaces Leroy Houston for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Paul Doran-Jones replaces John Afoa for Gloucester.

65'

Substitution

Willi Heinz replaces Billy Burns for Gloucester.

70'

Substitution

Jeff Williams replaces Semesa Rokoduguni for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Matt Scott replaces Semesa Rokoduguni for Gloucester.

72'

Substitution

Matt Kvesic replaces Jacob Rowan for Gloucester.

74'

Try for Bath! Gloucester 6 - 13 Bath

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

76'

Conversion! Gloucester 6 - 15 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

76'

Substitution

David Halaifonua replaces Henry Purdy for Gloucester.

76'

Substitution

Darren Dawidiuk replaces Richard Hibbard for Gloucester.

76'

Substitution

Joe Latta replaces Tom Savage for Gloucester.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Gloucester 6 - 15 Bath.

Gloucester Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Greig Laidlaw00103
James Hook00103
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford01015
Anthony Watson10005
Matt Banahan10005
Gloucester v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PPaddy
McAllister
1Nathan
Catt
P    
    HRichard
Hibbard
2Tom
Dunn
H    
    PJohn
Afoa
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LTom
Savage
4Charlie
Ewels
L    
    LMariano
Galarza
5Elliott
Stooke
L    
    FLRoss
Moriarty
6Matt
Garvey
FL    
    FLJacob
Rowan
7Tom
Ellis
FL    
    8Ben
Morgan
8Leroy
Houston
8    
1   SHGreig
Laidlaw
9Kahn
Fotuali'i
SH    
    FHBilly
Burns
10George
Ford
FH 11 
    WHenry
Purdy
11Anthony
Watson
W1   
    CMark
Atkinson
12Matt
Banahan
C1   
    CBilly
Twelvetrees
13Aled
Brew
C    
    WCharlie
Sharples
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
1   FBJames
Hook
15Tom
Homer
FB    
Replacements
    RHDarren
Dawidiuk
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    RPYann
Thomas
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPPaul
Doran-Jones
18Kane
Palma-Newport
RP    
    RLJoe
Latta
19Dave
Attwood
RL    
    RFLMatt
Kvesic
20Zach
Mercer
R8    
    RFHWilli
Heinz
21Chris
Cook
R    
    RWMatt
Scott
22Rory
Jennings
R    
    RWDavid
Halaifonua
23Jeff
Williams
RW