Barkley leg break marrs Gloucester’s Bath win

Gloucester secured their ninth victory in a row when they beat Bath 34-22 at Kingholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday.


The match was marred by an injury to England and Bath back Olly Barkley who was stretchered off after he broke his leg ruling him out for the rest of the season.


Nicky Robinson kicked 14 points as Gloucester grabbed a bonus-point victory in a seven-try thriller.


The Cherry and Whites outscored Bath by four tries to three and fly-half Robinson claimed four penalties and a conversion.


To make matters worse for the visitors, centre Olly Barkley was carried off after sustaining a serious-looking leg injury when team-mate Butch James appeared to land awkwardly on him.


The result underlined Gloucester’s top-four credentials but was a severe dent in Bath’s hopes of a play-off berth. Robinson’s first penalty booted Gloucester – unbeaten since New Year’s Day – in control and they soon claimed their first try when Henry Trinder touched down for a try which Robinson converted.


Yet in the 25th minute Bath got off the mark when Matt Banahan powered his way over the line and Barkley added the conversion.


However, 10 minutes later Gloucester re-established control when Paul Doran-Jones touched down for a try which Robinson could not convert.


Yet Bath continued to probe and Barkley kicked a penalty before the break and two minutes after the restart wing Tom Biggs scampered over for a try which Barkley could not convert.


Robinson then kicked two penalties in quick succession and Voyce grabbed his first score before Robinson landed another penalty.


With five minutes remaining Ben Williams but Gloucester hit back when Voyce grabbed his second but Freddie Burns missed the conversion.


Final Score Gloucester (15) 34 Bath (10) 22


Scorers


Gloucester
Tries: Trinder, Doran-Jones, Voyce 2
Cons: Robinson
Pens: Robinson 4


Bath
Tries: Banahan, Biggs, Williams
Cons: Barkley, James
Pens: Barkley


Referee: Greg Garner (15th Premiership game)


Teams


Gloucester Rugby:Olly Morgan, Charlie Sharples, Henry Trinder, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, Tom Voyce; Nicky Robinson, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Scott Lawson, Paul Doran-Jones; Will James, Jim Hamilton; Peter Buxton, Andy Hazell, Luke Narraway (capt)


Replacements:Olivier Azam, Yann Thomas, Rupert Harden, Alex Brown, Alasdair Strokosch, Jordi Pasqualin, Freddie Burns, Tim Molenaar


Bath Rugby : 15. Jack Cuthbert ,14. Matt Banahan ,13. Ben Williams ,12. Olly Barkley ,11. Tom Biggs,10. Butch James ,9. Michael Claassens,1. David Flatman ,2. Lee Mears,3. Duncan Bell ,4. Stuart Hooper ,5. Danny Grewcock ,6. Ben Skirving ,7. Luke Watson (c),8. Simon Taylor


Replacements:16. Pieter Dixon ,17. David Barnes ,18. Kane Palma-Newport ,19. Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe ,20. Guy Mercer ,21. Mark McMillan ,22. Sam Vesty ,23. Nick Scott


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