Menu

Joy of six for Bath Rugby against Gloucester

Bath Rugby 50 v Gloucester Rugby 30

Bath Rugby warmed up for next week's home Premiership Rugby semi-final against Leicester with a 50-30 victory at the Rec against Gloucester - making it six consecutive wins against their West Country rivals. 

Despite strong pressure from Bath, Gloucester scored a well-worked try inside the first four minutes, cruising down the right wing before popping the ball back inside for number eight Lewis Ludlow to score. Fly-half Aled Thomas missed the conversion. 0-5.

On ten minutes, Peter Stringer gathered a fumbled ball at the lineout and Matt Banahan came on a bullocking charge against the grain. Banahan brought down, the ball made its way to Kyle Eastmond, who came on an arcing run then stepped gracefully inside the Gloucester defence to score. George Ford converted to give Bath the lead for the first time. 7-5.

Eastmond was at it again straight after the restart, showing blistering pace to outstrip the Gloucester backs. When he was finally caught, Eastmond sought to offload, only for the ball to hit a retreating defender. Fortunately for Bath, the ball deflected into Ford's grateful hands and the fly-half scored in the left corner. Ford was also able to add the two points. 14-5.

Bath were unable to quite pull clear, as Gloucester fly-half Aled Thomas made it 14-8 with a penalty kick with 15 minutes left in the first act. However, Bath had another trick up their sleeve. With a penalty quite literally in hand inside the visitors' 22, Ford made as if to kick to touch, only to tap and pass to Leroy Houston. The number eight's hit-up was effective, and in the melee the ball was shipped from Ford to Burgess, and the blindside scythed through powerfully for the team's third try. Ford could do no wrong with the tee in the first half either, further extending his side's lead. 21-8.

In the final minute of play, the visitors made Bath pay for a poor kick and chase when they intercepted the ball. Their counterattack caught Bath unaware as some fast passing put wing Steve McColl in for Gloucester's second try. Thomas watched his conversion attempt fall short, but Gloucester were now back in contention as the first half came to a close.

Half time: Bath Rugby 21-13 Gloucester

Gloucester started the second half strongly, taking their favoured route up the wing. Bath took a quick throw but were collared inside their 22 where they coughed up a penalty, kicked by Thomas. 21-16.

Ford then cancelled out Thomas's penalty with one of his own from just outside the Gloucester 10m. 24-16. A series of re-set scrums in Gloucester's 22 eventually resulted in their captain, Nick Wood, being yellow-carded. Ford then kicked the ball to touch.where Bath won the lineout. As the forwards inched closer to the Gloucester line, outside centre Ollie Devoto joined the fray and dived through for the try, which Ford converted. 31-16.

Bath had just set off on a fantastic run, with Burgess and Houston the catalysts, when Gloucester interecepted and McColl scored his second try of the match, which Thomas was able to convert. 31-23.

Horacio Agulla, fresh on the field, made an instant impact for Bath. Replacement loosehead Nick Auterac stole the ball from Gloucester which enabled the Argentinean to take the ball up. Agulla found Devoto, who stood strong in the tackle to send the ball wide where Anthony Watson dotted down. Replacement kicker Homer missed the converison attempt. 36-23.

It wasn't long before it was 43-23: a Bath lineout in the visitors' 22 turned into a drive, then breakdown, until the ball made its was to Rokoduguni who came in off his wing to take the five points. Homer converted. 43-23.

The damage may have been irreversibly done to Gloucester, but the men from Kingsholm continued to put up a fight. Replacement scrum-half Dan Robson did a show-and-go to score from a Gloucester lineout in Bath's 22, and Thomas made easy work of a tough conversion. 43-30.

Off the back of that try, Bath kicked into another gear. Awarded a penalty in the Gloucester half, a quick tap and pass saw the ball fall into the hands of Agulla, who scorched through the opponents to score the final try of the match. Homer added the extras and the game was up.

Full time: Bath Rugby 50-30 Gloucester

Match details

Recreation Ground
Aviva Premiership
16 May 2015
KO 15:30

Attendance: 13,349
Referee: Dean Richards
Half Time score: 21-13

Bath:
Tries: Eastmond (9), Ford (14), Burgess (28), Devoto (56), Watson (63), Rokoduguni (70), Agulla (79)
Conversions: Ford (10, 15, 30, 57), Homer (71, 80)
Penalties: Ford (46)
Gloucester:
Tries: Ludlow (3), McColl (39, 59), Robson (77)
Conversions: Thomas (60, 78)
Penalties: Thomas (24, 43)

New to Bath Rugby?

Join Bath Rugby for:

  • Epic, elite entertainment
  • Passionate, family-friendly atmosphere
  • Email Previews & Post-match reports

Find out more or enter your email address to get started.

MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Gloucester.

4'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 0 - 5 Gloucester

Lewis Ludlow scores for Gloucester.

10'

Try for Bath! Bath 5 - 5 Gloucester

Kyle Eastmond scores for Bath.

11'

Conversion! Bath 7 - 5 Gloucester

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

15'

Try for Bath! Bath 12 - 5 Gloucester

George Ford scores for Bath.

16'

Conversion! Bath 14 - 5 Gloucester

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

25'

Penalty Goal! Bath 14 - 8 Gloucester

Aled Thomas kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

29'

Try for Bath! Bath 19 - 8 Gloucester

Sam Burgess scores for Bath.

31'

Conversion! Bath 21 - 8 Gloucester

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

40'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 21 - 13 Gloucester

Steve McColl scores for Gloucester.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 21 - 13 Gloucester.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Horacio Agulla replaces Matt Banahan for Bath.

44'

Penalty Goal! Bath 21 - 16 Gloucester

Aled Thomas kicks a penalty goal for Gloucester.

47'

Penalty Goal! Bath 24 - 16 Gloucester

George Ford kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Carl Fearns replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

48'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Rob Webber for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Matt Garvey replaces Dave Attwood for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Nick Auterac replaces Paul James for Bath.

50'

Substitution

Henry Thomas replaces David Wilson for Bath.

51'

Substitution

Darren Dawidiuk replaces Aleki Lutui for Gloucester.

51'

Substitution

Yann Thomas replaces Shaun Knight for Gloucester.

56'

Yellow Card!

Gloucester lose Nick Wood for ten minutes.

57'

Try for Bath! Bath 29 - 16 Gloucester

Ollie Devoto scores for Bath.

58'

Conversion! Bath 31 - 16 Gloucester

George Ford with a conversion for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Tom Homer replaces George Ford for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Dan Robson replaces Callum Braley for Gloucester.

60'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 31 - 21 Gloucester

Steve McColl scores for Gloucester.

61'

Conversion! Bath 31 - 23 Gloucester

Aled Thomas with a conversion for Gloucester.

61'

Substitution

Lloyd Evans replaces Rob Cook for Gloucester.

64'

Try for Bath! Bath 36 - 23 Gloucester

Anthony Watson scores for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Jacob Rowan replaces Lewis Ludlow for Gloucester.

65'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Peter Stringer for Bath.

66'

Substitution

James Gibbons replaces Nick Wood for Gloucester.

66'

Substitution

Mark Atkinson replaces Henry Purdy for Gloucester.

71'

Try for Bath! Bath 41 - 23 Gloucester

Semesa Rokoduguni scores for Bath.

72'

Conversion! Bath 43 - 23 Gloucester

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

72'

Substitution

Sam Underhill replaces James Hudson for Gloucester.

78'

Try for Gloucester! Bath 43 - 28 Gloucester

Dan Robson scores for Gloucester.

79'

Conversion! Bath 43 - 30 Gloucester

Aled Thomas with a conversion for Gloucester.

80'

Try for Bath! Bath 48 - 30 Gloucester

Horacio Agulla scores for Bath.

81'

Conversion! Bath 50 - 30 Gloucester

Tom Homer with a conversion for Bath.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Bath.

Final score: Bath 50 - 30 Gloucester.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
George Ford141016
Sam Burgess10005
Kyle Eastmond10005
Ollie Devoto10005
Semesa Rokoduguni10005
Anthony Watson10005
Horacio Agulla10005
Tom Homer02004
Gloucester Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Aled Thomas022010
Steve McColl200010
Lewis Ludlow10005
Dan Robson10005
Bath v Gloucester
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PPaul
James
1Nick
Wood
P    
    HRob
Webber
2Aleki
Lutui
H    
    PDavid
Wilson
3Shaun
Knight
P    
    LDave
Attwood
4Tom
Hicks
L    
    LDominic
Day
5James
Hudson
L    
   1FLSam
Burgess
6Elliott
Stooke
FL    
    FLFrancois
Louw
7Daniel
Thomas
FL    
    8Leroy
Houston
8Lewis
Ludlow
81   
    SHPeter
Stringer
9Callum
Braley
SH    
1 41FHGeorge
Ford
10Aled
Thomas
FH 2 2
    WMatt
Banahan
11Steve
McColl
W2   
   1CKyle
Eastmond
12Brendan
Macken
C    
   1COllie
Devoto
13Henry
Purdy
C    
   1WSemesa
Rokoduguni
14Steph
Reynolds
W    
   1FBAnthony
Watson
15Rob
Cook
FB    
Replacements
    RHRoss
Batty
16Darren
Dawidiuk
RH    
    RPNick
Auterac
17James
Gibbons
RP    
    RPHenry
Thomas
18Yann
Thomas
RP    
    RLMatt
Garvey
19Sam
Underhill
RL    
    RFLCarl
Fearns
20Jacob
Rowan
R8    
    RSHChris
Cook
21Dan
Robson
RSH1   
   1RWHoracio
Agulla
22Lloyd
Evans
RFB    
  2 RFHTom
Homer
23Mark
Atkinson
RC