Dunn and dusted: Bath Rugby edge euphoric derby day spoils

Bath Rugby 31 v Gloucester Rugby 20

Bath Rugby edge euphoric derby day spoils with a 31-20 bonus-point win over Gloucester Rugby at the Rec.

What a game! 

The Blue, Black and White were outstanding in the final 20 minutes of tonight’s fixture, scoring four tries in quick succession to secure a vital five points. The win takes Bath up to second in the Gallagher Premiership, clinching its highest league position this season.

Gloucester took an unexpected 10-point lead through the boot of Billy Twelvetrees and a try from Lloyd Evans. The fly-half made an explosive run and luckily had options left and right before finding Chris Harris on the inside who dived under the sticks. 

At 22 minutes Bath finally got on the board when Rhys Priestland slotted a penalty awarded for an infringement at the breakdown. Twelvetrees then returned the favour putting a 10-point space between the scores as the teams went in for half time talks.  

The second-half looked to be more of the same when ex-Bath stalwart, Matt Banahan went over in the corner after a superb break from Jake Polledri.

However, the gold came from the men in Blue, Black and White who never gave up, scoring an astounding 28 points in the final 20 minutes. 

Tom Dunn crashed over twice within five minutes taking his season tally up to seven. His first score saw him peel off the maul beautifully and dive over, the second a classic pick and go with strong intent.  

Seven minutes later, Lewis Boyce secured Bath’s third following some exceptional phase play from his side. Finally, with barely enough time to recover, Joe Cokanasiga marked his return to the pitch with a stunning run, offloading for Ben Spencer to dive over in the corner securing the W.


KEY MOMENT 

The return of Big Joe on the wide channel following sixteen months out on the sideline and the wing came back with a bang. The final offload as Bath Rugby secured the bonus-point win courtesy of a try from Ben Spencer. A big shift on a big return for the England International. 


REACTION


SCORERS

Bath Rugby

Tries: Tom Dunn (60', 66'), Lewis Boyce (74'), Ben Spencer (78')

Conversions: Rhys Priestland (61', 66', 75', 78')

Penalties: Rhys Priestland (22')

Gloucester Rugby

Tries: Chris Harris (20'), Matt Banahan (57')

Conversions: Billy Twelvetrees (20', 57')

Penalties: Billy Twelvetrees (9', 37')


PERFORMANCE OF THE MATCH

Pol Roger Performance of the Match was awarded to front row Tom Dunn, who scored a brilliant second-half brace. 


GALLERY


Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
22 September 2020
KO 17:30

Referee: Craig Maxwell-keys
Half Time score: 3-13

Bath:
Tries: Dunn (60, 65), Boyce (73), Spencer (77)
Conversions: Priestland (61, 66, 73, 78)
Penalties: Priestland (22)
Gloucester:
Tries: Harris (19), Banahan (56)
Conversions: Twelvetrees (19, 57)
Penalties: Twelvetrees (9, 37)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Gloucester.

10'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 3 Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

20'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 0 - 8 Gloucester

Chris Harris scores for Gloucester.

20'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 10 Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees with a conversion for Gloucester.

23'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 10 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

38'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 13 Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

40'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 3 - 13 Gloucester.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

40'

Substitution

Cameron Redpath replaces Josh Matavesi for Bath.

41'

Substitution

Josh McNally replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

49'

Substitution

Lewis Boyce replaces Beno Obano for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Joe Cokanasiga replaces Semesa Rokoduguni for Bath.

57'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 3 - 18 Gloucester

Matt Banahan scores for Gloucester.

58'

Conversion! Bath 3 - 20 Gloucester

Billy Twelvetrees with a conversion for Gloucester.

59'

Substitution

Miles Reid replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

61'

Try for Bath! Bath 8 - 20 Gloucester

Tom Dunn scores for Bath.

62'

Conversion! Bath 10 - 20 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Jordy Reid replaces Jake Polledri for Gloucester.

66'

Try for Bath! Bath 15 - 20 Gloucester

Tom Dunn scores for Bath.

67'

Conversion! Bath 17 - 20 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Jack Stanley replaces Fraser Balmain for Gloucester.

68'

Substitution

Ed Slater replaces Matias Alemanno for Gloucester.

74'

Try for Bath! Bath 22 - 20 Gloucester

Lewis Boyce scores for Bath.

74'

Conversion! Bath 24 - 20 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

75'

Substitution

Joe Simpson replaces Willi Heinz for Gloucester.

75'

Substitution

Louis Rees-Zammit replaces Ollie Thorley for Gloucester.

75'

Substitution

Tom Seabrook replaces Chris Harris for Gloucester.

75'

Substitution

Corne Fourie replaces Val Rapava-Ruskin for Gloucester.

78'

Try for Bath! Bath 29 - 20 Gloucester

Ben Spencer scores for Bath.

78'

Substitution

Will Chudley replaces Ben Spencer for Bath.

79'

Conversion! Bath 31 - 20 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

80'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 31 - 20 Gloucester.