Bath drained by nine try deluge as they plumb the depths
Record win over old rivals
 
Kingsholm                                                         Zurich Premiership                                               Saturday 4 May 2002
Gloucester 68 Bath 12
 
 

AFTER THE AGONIES of recent weeks suffered at the hands of Wasps and Northampton in the Premiership plus the exit from the Parker Pen Shield to Sale at the semi-final stage, now the ecstasy.
    The pure bliss of beating Bath. Not just beating Bath but a nine try demolition job, to inflict upon them their biggest ever Zurich Premiership defeat.
    Bath, the side that used to boast of ‘a better class of rugby’, made the term ‘Premier Rugby’ look like an offence against the Trades Description Act as far as their display was concerned. Twickenham 1990 seemed a closely contested game in comparison. Former glories count for nothing. Revenge is sweet.
    Even allowing for their current injury problems, the Bath set-up, on and off the field, is quite clearly a shambles. Gloucester had similar injury problems at the start of last season, as have Wasps this season but neither side sank to such a low state.
    Bath slumped to their eleventh successive away defeat of the this Premiership campaign, and were completely outplayed from start to finish by a rampant Cherry and Whites. Talk about boys trying to do a man’s job. No wonder Bath are deep in relegation trouble. It is no more than they deserve for the arrogant manner in which visiting fans have been treated at the Wreck.
    With Gloucester building up a 15 point lead within minutes, the result was never in doubt. Ludo kicked a penalty and after Junior Paramore seized upon a misdirected Bath line out for Mercier to work the ball out wide for James Simpson-Daniel to score the first try.
    Gloucester’s pack drove relentlessly with Olivier Azam to the fore as Junior scored a second try within minutes. The score fairly rattled along and Bath must have been dizzy trying to keep up with the scoreboard. Diego Albanese was a constant thorn in the Bath side and he opened up the visitor’s defence for Robert Todd to score. James Forrester latched on to one of Ludo’s long passes out wide for Patrice Collazo to cut through in a scissors move and score
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FOUR FIRST HALF TRIES
                                           Gloucester were commanding at half back through Andy Gomarsall and Ludovic Mercier. Ludo played quite beautifully with huge touch finders, mixed up with long passes to attack the opposition mid-field. Four first half tries secured the bonus point by half time and with the aid of Ludo’s boot the match was effectively over at 35-0.
    Within minutes of the restart lively Diego charged down a kick for Terry Fanolua to score in the corner.
    Although never under pressure, Henry Paul looked good at full back for his first start in five matches and frequently joined the line and used his strength for a well taken try.
    Sinbad then got a truly superb try with a lightning angled run at pace to show just why he has been a star sevens player for England. A Gloucester counter attack initiated by Henry Paul was taken on by Terry Fanolua before Sinbad again left the defence for dead to set up Fanolua for his second try. Simpson-Daniel duly completed his hat trick to take the home side to over sixty points with the ninth try.
    Ludo contributed 23 points and although Bath did get two tries through Cox and Delve, Gloucester delivered an emphatic win in the most comprehensive fashion.

                                        
TYPICAL GLOUCESTER
                                            Typical Gloucester. Disappointing one week, outstanding the next. The trials and tribulations of following the Cherry and Whites.
    With the smell of collusion coming from Twickenham there may not be any relegation this season but any changes at the end of the Premiership programme do not promote confidence in the game’s administration.
    Following victory over Bath, Gloucester are now back in the Heineken European Cup competition for next season. At the start of this season none of the pundits gave Gloucester a chance of a top four finish. Now, together with other un-fancied clubs, Sale and London Irish, they are close to the top of the Zurich Premiership table.
    If only we were consistent away from Kingsholm, who knows what might happen?

Gloucester
H.Paul, D.Albanese, T. Fanolua, R.Todd, J.Simpson-Daniel,, L.Mercier, A. Gomarsall, P.Collazo, O.Azam, F.Puccarello, R.Fidler, M.Cornwell, J.Forrester, J.Paramore, J.Boer