Cherry and Whites bobus -try win
Bath sink in second-half blitz
Gloucester 29 Bath 15
Saturday, 4 January 2020, 1200hrs

It could be argued that the Cherry and Whites only needed to play at their best for only the final twenty odd minutes to beat Bath, as for the first hour they merely conceded in coughing up the now customary penalties, plus losing too much ball and possession, all of which allowed the oppsition to get points on the board.
Despite scoring a sharp early try the first-half was a dismal affair best forgotten for the hosts as they struggled to stamp any authority on the proceedings as Rhys Priestland took his kicking chances to establish a narrow 7-9 early lead for the visitors to cancel out Jason Woodward's early score.
Bath dominated possession and territory for the first hour of the match but rarely looked like breaking down the Gloucester defence, whilst their much vaunted back row trio of internationals Sam Underhill, Talupe Faletau and Francois Louw were something of a disappointment. In marked contrast Jake Polledri, Ruan Ackermann and Freddie Clarke really caught the eye both in defence and attack.
Gloucester's first try came following a strong break from the impressive Franco Mostert who was tackled just short of the line but Jason Woodward forced his way over in the corner for Danny Cipriani to convert.

That was as good as it got for Gloucester as they completed the opening half with the now frustrating litany of basic errors and conceded penalties but the visitors were quite unable to take full advantage of their mistakes with only a 7-9 lead at the interval.
Gloucester did start the second half as they had started the match with a second try following a Cipriani penalty kick to the corner as a succession of players were held up on the line before Clarke forced his way over. 12-9.
Almost immediately Priestland took advantage of Gloucester indiscretions and slotted a couple more penalties to regain the lead for Bath.12-15.
However within minutes of the introduction of replacement Gerbrandt Gobler he had scored to put Gloucester back in front and very much in the ascendancy as a strong break from outstanding star man Polledri took play to the Bath line to set up the opportunity.
The Cherry and Whites continued to take play to the visitor's line and Ackermann got the bonus try with Billy Twelvetrees adding the extras plus a penalty to seal the deal in the final minutes.
Again, not a complete performance from Gloucester but Bath had no answers as they faded in the final quarter.
A five try-bonus points win for Gloucester with absolutely nothing for Bath - not even a solitary try.
If only the Cherry and Whites could put together a true eighty minute performance!
T.H. 5/1/2020

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A solid performance against a Bath side who never seemed likely to score more than penalty points. Even when they had a three on one a crashing tackle by Ruan Ackerman stopped them in their tracks. It was a somewhat strange tactic of Priestland to not kick to touch, knowing our line out history this season. 
A much better second half performance saw Glos notch up the bonus point against a poor Bath side. You would not have known that their internationals were on the field let alone competing in a game of rugby. 
Not yet the full monty, but progress is being made. 


15.Jason Woodward; 14. Tom Marshall, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Willi Heinz (capt);
1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Alex Craig, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Freddie Clarke, 7. Jake Polledri, 8. Ruan Ackermann


16. Todd Gleave, 17. Alex Seville, 18. Ciaran Knight, 19. Gerbrandt Grobler, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Joe Simpson, 22. Owen Williams, 23. Matt Banahan

Unavailable for selection:
Mark Atkinson, Ruan Dreyer, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Corné Fourie, James Hanson, Jaco Kriel, Ben Morgan, Val Rapava Ruskin, Charlie Sharples, Ed Slater, Henry Trinder

Att: 16,000

Tries: Woodward, Clarke, Grobler, Ackermann
Con:Cipriani, Twelvetree (2)


Referee:Tom Foley

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