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Gloucester Rugby clinch victory at the death against Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 21 v Gloucester Rugby 22

Gloucester Rugby scored with the last kick of the game to clinch a 21-22 victory over Bath Rugby at the Recreation Ground.

The visitors scored the opening try of the afternoon through their captain Willi Heinz after just five minutes. Gloucester’s in-form centre Henry Trinder made the initial break, darting through the Bath defence on half-way before offloading inside to the supporting Heinz. The scrum-half used the dummy to good effect, creating the space for him to dive over in the corner. 5-0

Bath responded with a spectacular length of the field try 10 minutes later. Jonathan Joseph created the initial break, storming into the Gloucester half before finding Anthony Watson. The fullback used all his experience to draw the defender before releasing Rokoduguni for his sixth try of the Aviva Premiership season. 5-5

Bath continued to pile the pressure on to the Gloucester defence, and were rewarded with three points from Rhys Priestland, whose neatly struck penalty gave the home side lead going into the interval.

Half-time: Bath Rugby 8-5 Gloucester Rugby   

Owen Williams opened the scoring in the second-half with a penalty, which was quickly cancelled out by Priestland to leave the game closely poised at 11-8.

Despite spending large parts of the first-half on the back foot, Gloucester found their way back into the game with their second try after 53 minutes. John Afoa picked the ball up off the back of the ruck and surged into the Bath 22 before sending a reverse pass to Heinz in the tackle. The scrum-half gathered the offload and ran in for his second try of the game, and Williams converted. 11-15

Bath closed the gap to a single point on 65 minutes - Priestland adding another three points from the tee. 14-15

With time ticking away, Rokoduguni put Bath back in front as he added another try to his tally. The move, which was started by a superb 40m run from Taulupe Faletau, gave Bath the platform to build an attack deep in the Gloucester 22. The ball was spread wide and a looping pass from Watson found Rokoduguni, who beat three defenders. Priestland's conversion gave Bath a six-point advantage with three minutes to play. 21-15

However, Gloucester were not ready to concede the game and continued to test the Bath defence. The Cherry and Whites spent five minutes trying to edge their way over the whitewash and their persistence finally paid off. With Bath camped on their own line, Ed Slater dived through a number of bodies, and the decision was left with the TMO. After the try was given, it was left to Williams to slot the crucial conversion and give Gloucester the victory.

Final score: Bath Rugby 21-22 Gloucester Rugby

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
29 October 2017
KO 15:00

Attendance: 14, 509
Referee: Tom Foley
Half Time score: 8-5

Bath:
Tries: Rokoduguni (13, 75)
Conversions: Priestland (76)
Penalties: Priestland (25, 49, 64)
Gloucester:
Tries: Heinz (4, 52), Slater (84)
Conversions: Williams (54, 87)
Penalties: Williams (46)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Gloucester.

5'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 0 - 5 Gloucester

Willi Heinz scores for Gloucester.

14'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 5 Gloucester

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

26'

Penalty Goal! Bath 8 - 5 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

34'

Substitution

Aled Brew replaces Anthony Watson for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 8 - 5 Gloucester.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Anthony Watson replaces Aled Brew for Bath.

41'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Sam Underhill for Bath.

47'

Penalty Goal! Bath 8 - 8 Gloucester

Owen Williams kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

48'

Substitution

Andy Symons replaces Henry Trinder for Gloucester.

49'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

50'

Penalty Goal! Bath 11 - 8 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

53'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 11 - 13 Gloucester

Willi Heinz scores for Gloucester.

55'

Conversion! Bath 11 - 15 Gloucester

Owen Williams with a conversion for Gloucester.

55'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Luke Charteris for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Motu Matu'u replaces Richard Hibbard for Gloucester.

55'

Substitution

Val Rapava Ruskin replaces Josh Hohneck for Gloucester.

57'

Substitution

Henry Trinder replaces Andy Symons for Gloucester.

63'

Substitution

Gareth Denman replaces John Afoa for Gloucester.

65'

Penalty Goal! Bath 14 - 15 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Scott Andrews replaces Anthony Perenise for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Freddie Clarke replaces Ben Morgan for Gloucester.

73'

Substitution

Ollie Thorley replaces David Halaifonua for Gloucester.

73'

Substitution

Jeremy Thrush replaces Tom Savage for Gloucester.

76'

Try for Bath! Bath 19 - 15 Gloucester

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

77'

Conversion! Bath 21 - 15 Gloucester

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

77'

Substitution

Andy Symons replaces Billy Twelvetrees for Gloucester.

77'

Substitution

Ben Vellacott replaces Willi Heinz for Gloucester.

85'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 21 - 20 Gloucester

Ed Slater scores for Gloucester.

88'

Conversion! Bath 21 - 22 Gloucester

Owen Williams with a conversion for Gloucester.

88'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Gloucester.

Final score: Bath 21 - 22 Gloucester.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Rhys Priestland013011
Semesa Rokoduguni200010
Gloucester Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Willi Heinz200010
Owen Williams02107
Ed Slater10005
Bath v Gloucester
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PNathan
Catt
1Josh
Hohneck
P    
    HTom
Dunn
2Richard
Hibbard
H    
    PAnthony
Perenise
3John
Afoa
P    
    LLuke
Charteris
4Tom
Savage
L    
    LCharlie
Ewels
5Ed
Slater
L1   
    FLZach
Mercer
6Ruan
Ackermann
FL    
    FLSam
Underhill
7Lewis
Ludlow
FL    
    8Taulupe
Faletau
8Ben
Morgan
8    
    SHKahn
Fotuali'i
9Willi
Heinz
SH2   
3 1 FHRhys
Priestland
10Owen
Williams
FH 2 1
    WMatt
Banahan
11David
Halaifonua
W    
    CMax
Clark
12Billy
Twelvetrees
C    
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Henry
Trinder
C    
   2WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Henry
Purdy
W    
    FBAnthony
Watson
15Billy
Burns
FB    
Replacements
    RHJack
Walker
16Motu
Matu'u
RH    
    RPBeno
Obano
17Val Rapava
Ruskin
RP    
    RPScott
Andrews
18Gareth
Denman
RP    
    RLElliott
Stooke
19Jeremy
Thrush
RL    
    RFLMatt
Garvey
20Jacob
Rowan
R    
    RDarren
Allinson
21Ben
Vellacott
RSH    
    RJosh
Lewis
22Andy
Symons
RC    
    RFBAled
Brew
23Ollie
Thorley
RW