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Early Christmas for Bath Rugby at Kingsholm

Gloucester Rugby 16 v Bath Rugby 39

Bath Rugby came out emphatically on top in the West Country derby with Gloucester at Kingsholm this evening, emerging 16-39 victors.

Scrum-half Greig Laidlaw opened the evening’s scoring with a penalty in front of the posts after a ruck infringement by Bath. 3-0.

Bath were straight back in the game after seven minutes, when Gloucester were penalized for holding onto the ball on the floor. Ford nervelessly struck the penalty through the posts to draw the score level. 3-3. 

Laidlaw struck back to make it 6-3 back soon after, following a scrum penalty to the home side. Not to be outdone, Ford was given the same chance to equalise – this one from considerably further out – when Gloucester entered the ruck illegally, and did so with aplomb. 6-6. 

Ford was equally adept with his third penalty attempt of the evening – this one slightly closer than the previous one – after Gloucester collapsed the scrum, which gave Bath the lead for the first time in the opening half. 6-9.

In a mirror image sequence to Bath’s previous kick, Ford was presented with a second consecutive penalty from the exact same spot – again thanks to a collapsed scrum by the home team. The fly-half neatly drilled the ball over to extend Bath’s lead. 6-12.

Three minutes from time, Laidlaw kicked a long penalty to narrow the gap between the sides to three points. 9-12. Bath then made perhaps their most effective attacking phases of the first 40, taking them all the way to the Gloucester line, where the home side failed to roll away at the ruck. Ford’s fantastic penalty kick saw to it that Bath ended the half in good fashion.

Half time: Gloucester Rugby 9-15 Bath Rugby

Ford started the second half as he’d finished the first, with a successful penalty kick in front of the posts. 9-18.

Less than an hour had gone when Gloucester had a prop sin-binned. Ford kicked to the corner and immediately Bath’s maul was on the march, until the referee had no choice but to award a penalty try. Ford made his easiest kick of the night in front of the posts to give Bath a very impressive 9-25 lead. 

Replacement centre Ollie Devoto then provided a moment of magic for the visitors, a show-and-go which put fellow replacement Matt Garvey in position to pounce over the line from close quarters. The try converted by Ford, Bath held an incredible 9-32 lead with 10 minutes to go.

Gloucester found some comfort when, mere moments later, replacement back Dan Robson dashed up the left wing with a display of great pace and scored his side’s first and only try of the match. Fly-half James Hook made one of the kicks of the night with his touchline conversion. 16-32.

The icing on the cake for Bath came in the final minute of play when, awarded a penalty on the home 5m, Ford tapped and went, shipping the ball to Louw. The Man of the Match went close, but it was Garvey who was to score a second try of the evening. Ford converted to send Bath supporters home in an appropriately festive mood.

Final Score: Gloucester Rugby 16 – 39 Bath Rugby 

Match details

Kingsholm
Aviva Premiership
20 December 2014
KO 17:30

Referee: Greg Garner
Half Time score: 9-15

Gloucester:
Tries: Robson (70)
Conversions: Hook (71)
Penalties: Laidlaw (1, 16, 37)
Bath:
Tries: Garvey (67, 80)
Conversions: Ford (58, 68, 80)
Penalties: Ford (6, 18, 22, 28, 40, 49)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Gloucester and Bath.

2'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 3 - 0 Bath

Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

7'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 3 - 3 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

17'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 6 - 3 Bath

Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

19'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 6 - 6 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

23'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 6 - 9 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

29'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 6 - 12 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

38'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 9 - 12 Bath

Greig Laidlaw kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

41'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 9 - 15 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

42'

HALF TIME

Match score: Gloucester 9 - 15 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Sila Puafisi replaces John Afoa for Gloucester.

46'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Alafoti Fa'osiliva for Bath.

47'

Substitution

Nick Wood replaces Yann Thomas for Gloucester.

50'

Penalty Goal! Gloucester 9 - 18 Bath

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Mark Atkinson replaces Henry Purdy for Gloucester.

50'

Substitution

Rob Webber replaces Ross Batty for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Ollie Devoto replaces Kyle Eastmond for Bath.

53'

Substitution

David Halaifonua replaces Steve McColl for Gloucester.

54'

Substitution

Micky Young replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

56'

Yellow Card!

Gloucester lose Sila Puafisi for ten minutes.

56'

Substitution

James Hudson replaces Tom Palmer for Gloucester.

59'

Try for Bath! Gloucester 9 - 23 Bath

scores for Bath.

59'

Conversion! Gloucester 9 - 25 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Stuart Hooper for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Ross Moriarty for Gloucester.

67'

Substitution

Darren Dawidiuk replaces Richard Hibbard for Gloucester.

68'

Try for Bath! Gloucester 9 - 30 Bath

Matt Garvey scores for Bath.

69'

Conversion! Gloucester 9 - 32 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

69'

Substitution

Sam Burgess replaces Semesa Rokoduguni for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Dan Robson replaces Greig Laidlaw for Gloucester.

71'

Try for Gloucester! Gloucester 14 - 32 Bath

Dan Robson scores for Gloucester.

72'

Conversion! Gloucester 16 - 32 Bath

James Hook with a conversion for Gloucester.

80'

Try for Bath! Gloucester 16 - 37 Bath

Matt Garvey scores for Bath.

81'

Conversion! Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath.

Gloucester Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Greig Laidlaw00309
Dan Robson10005
James Hook01002
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford036024
Matt Garvey200010
Gloucester v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PYann
Thomas
1Paul
James
P    
    HRichard
Hibbard
2Ross
Batty
H    
    PJohn
Afoa
3David
Wilson
P    
    LTom
Savage
4Stuart
Hooper
L    
    LTom
Palmer
5Dominic
Day
L    
    FLSione
Kalamafoni
6Alafoti
Fa'osiliva
FL    
    FLMatt
Kvesic
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Ross
Moriarty
8Leroy
Houston
8    
3   SHGreig
Laidlaw
9Chris
Cook
SH    
  1 FHJames
Hook
10George
Ford
FH 3 6
    WJonny
May
11Matt
Banahan
W    
    CBilly
Twelvetrees
12Kyle
Eastmond
C    
    CHenry
Purdy
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WCharlie
Sharples
14Semesa
Rokoduguni
W    
    FBSteve
McColl
15Anthony
Watson
FB    
Replacements
    RHDarren
Dawidiuk
16Rob
Webber
RH    
    RPNick
Wood
17Nick
Auterac
RP    
    RPSila
Puafisi
18Henry
Thomas
RP    
    RLJames
Hudson
19Matt
Garvey
RL2   
    R8Elliott
Stooke
20Carl
Fearns
RFL    
   1RSHDan
Robson
21Micky
Young
RSH    
    RCMark
Atkinson
22Ollie
Devoto
RC    
    RFBDavid
Halaifonua
23Sam
Burgess
RW