Ford boots Bath to victory over Gloucester

Bath fly-half George Ford kicked five penalties to earn his team a 15-13 Aviva Premiership victory over Gloucester at The Rec.

Three Ford penalties to Freddie Burns’ one gave the hosts a 9-3 advantage at the interval before the home side’s stand-off added a further two in the second period.

Although Burns touched down and scored his second three-pointer to earn the Cherry and Whites a losing bonus-point, they couldn’t find that much needed win.

Gloucester went into this game in 10th place with just two wins from five matches and they struggled to get a foothold early on against their West Country rivals.

The hosts’ powerful pack and the visitors’ mistake-ridden opening was the primary contributor to Bath controlling territory and possession.

That pressure saw Nigel Davies’ men infringe and Ford kicked the Rec-based team ahead after just five minutes.

However, in atrocious conditions, both teams failed to add to the score until just before the half-hour when the home side’s stand-off was on target once again from the tee.

Ford then gave Bath a nine-point buffer, but Burns at least got the Cherry and Whites on the board with a three-pointer of his own.

Gloucester struggled in the early part of the second half as Gary Gold’s side dominated the set-piece. But a fourth penalty from their pivot was all they had to show for their territory.

Rupert Harden, the visitors’ prop, was also spending 10 minutes in the sin-bin for repeated infringements by his team, yet it was last season’s fifth placed Premiership side that were next on the scoreboard through a Burns try.

The respective fly-halves traded three-pointers as the game entered the final 13 minutes, but Gloucester couldn’t find that elusive score to snatch the win.

Final Score Bath 15 Gloucester 13

Scorers

Bath
Pens: Ford 5
Yellow Card: Watson

Gloucester
Try: Burns
Con: Burns
Pen: Burns 2
Yellow Card: Harden

Match Officials
Referee:
Wayne Barnes (126th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton and Paul Dix.
TMO: Sean Davey

Teams

Bath

15. Anthony Watson , 14. Semesa Rokoduguni , 13. Jonathan Joseph , 12. Kyle Eastmond , 11. Matt Banahan , 10. George Ford , 9. Peter Stringer,1. Paul James , 2. Rob Webber , 3. Anthony Perenise , 4. Stuart Hooper ( c ) , 5. Dave Attwood , 6. Matt Garvey , 7. Francois Louw , 8. Carl Fearns

Replacements :16. Ross Batty , 17. Nathan Catt , 18. Juan Pablo Orlandi , 19. Will Spencer , 20. Alafoti Fa’osiliva , 21. Martin Roberts , 22. Gavin Henson , 23. Horacio Agulla

Gloucester

Rob Cook; James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall, Ryan Mills, Jonny May; Freddie Burns, Jimmy Cowan; Dan Murphy, Darren Dawidiuk, Rupert Harden; Elliott Stooke, James Hudson; Tom Savage (capt), Matt Kvesic, Sione Kalamafoni

Replacements:Huia Edmonds, Yann Thomas, James Gibbons, Will James, Gareth Evans, Dan Robson, Charlie Sharples, Akapusi Qera

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