Planet Rugby

Gloucester rule at the Rec

01st October 2010 22:02

Share:

Lesley Vainikolo Gloucester try v Bath

Try time: Lesley Vainikolo opens the scoring

Gloucester produced a dominant display on Friday to score a well-deserved 18-3 win over local rivals Bath at the Recreation Ground.

A virtuoso first-half performance from Nicky Robinson guided Gloucester to only their second Premiership win at Bath and denied the home team a record ninth successive home victory.

At a rain-soaked Rec former Wales fly-half tormented Bath with his tactical kicking and scored a crucial 25th-minute try. He also kicked a conversion and two penalties.

Bath's high-tempo game was undermined by spilled possession and their only answer was an Olly Barkley penalty.

Neither team scored in the second half.

Robinson was only recalled to the Cherry and Whites' team after Tim Taylor was ruled out with a leg injury.

Barely a minute had elapsed when Gloucester lock Jim Hamilton and Stuart Hooper squared up to each other, proving that the visitors were in no mood to roll over, despite their inconsistent form this season.

Gloucester took the lead after nine minutes when Robinson hoisted a high kick which both Nick Abendanon and Matt Carraro failed to secure.

Paul Doran-Jones picked up the loose ball and fed Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu who put Lesley Vainikolo over in the corner. Robinson converted from the touchline.

Bath were inviting trouble by trying to play high-tempo rugby on the slippery surface, spilling passes and conceding penalties.

Skipper Luke Watson clumsily clattered into Charlie Sharples chasing a kick, Robinson's penalty shaving the post, and then the number eight made a fine break only to spill the ball forward.

Robinson did find the target to make it 10-0 after 21 minutes and, although Barkley replied with a difficult angled kick, Robinson immediately hit back with a 25th-minute try.

It was his perfectly-judged kick through that had the Bath defence in disarray.

Fuimaono-Sapolu was first to the ball, flicked it up to Vainikolo who found his fly-half with a pass out of the tackle.

Robinson could not convert his own try but added another penalty just before the break to send his team in 18-3 ahead.

Freddie Burns replaced Robinson at the break, clearly not a tactical change, and Gloucester were further disrupted when Hamilton was yellow carded on 42 minutes for needlessly kicking out at the ball on the wrong side of a ruck.

At the same time however, England captain Lewis Moody had to go off after a sickening collision with Sharples, replaced by Josh Ovens.

Bath continued their helter-skelter approach but it was Gloucester's calmer rugby which proved the more effective.

Bath's line-out and scrum also came under severe pressure at vital moments, denying them the platform they needed to take the game to Gloucester.

Even when they did find their way into the visitors' 22, their handling let them down again and, although three penalties were given against Gloucester in five minutes, the fourth time Wayne Barnes blew his whistle it was for a Bath scrummage offence and Gloucester cleared their lines.

The scorers:

For Bath:
Pens: Barkley

For Gloucester:
Tries: Vainikolo, Robinson
Cons: Robinson
Pens: Robinson 2

Yellow cards: Hamilton (Gloucester - 43rd min)

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Matt Carraro, 13 Shontayne Hape, 12 Olly Barkley, 11 Matt Banahan, 10 Sam Vesty, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Luke Watson (c), 7 Lewis Moody, 6 Andy Beattie, 5 Danny Grewcock, 4 Stuart Hooper, 3 Duncan Bell, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 David Barnes.
Replacements:16 Ross Batty, 17 Nathan Catt, 18 David Wilson, 19 Ben Skirving, 20 Josh Ovens, 21 Mark McMillan, 22 Tom Biggs, 23 Jack Cuthbert.

Gloucester: 15 Charlie Sharples, 14 James Simpson-Daniel, 13 Mike Tindall (c), 12 Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, 11 Lesley Vainikolo, 10 Nicky Robinson, 9 Dave Lewis,8 Brett Deacon 7 Andy Hazell, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Alex Brown, 4 Jim Hamilton, 3 Paul Doran-Jones, 2 Olivier Azam, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Pierre Capdevielle, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Luke Narraway, 21 Jordi Pasqualin, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Tim Molenaar

Referee: Wayne Barnes

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Heineken Cup
Saturday , April 26
Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne15:40
Sunday , April 27
Toulon vs Munster15:30
More Heineken Cup fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Saturday , April 26
Glasgow vs EdinburghGlasgow vs Edinburgh Preview
Thursday , May 1
Zebre vs Ospreys17:00
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Amlin Challenge Cup
Friday , April 25
Northampton vs HarlequinsNorthampton vs Harlequins Preview
Sunday , April 27
Wasps vs Bath13:00
More Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 25
Blues vs WaratahsBlues vs Waratahs Preview
Brumbies vs ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Preview
Sharks vs HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Preview
Saturday , April 26
Hurricanes vs RedsHurricanes vs Reds Preview
Western Force vs Bulls17:40
Cheetahs vs StormersCheetahs vs Stormers Preview
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 20
Northampton 36 - 21 London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Report
Newcastle 18 - 23 SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Cardiff Blues 17 - 13 ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Report
Newport Gwent D'gons 10 - 20 Ospreys
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , April 19
Bath 32 - 20 WorcesterBath vs Worcester Report
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Wasps 38 - 30 GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Zebre 26 - 13 EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Report
Connacht 23 - 32 MunsterConnacht vs Munster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Oyonnax 19 - 19 ToulouseOyonnax vs Toulouse Report
Biarritz 19 - 13 Brive
Perpignan 31 - 46 ToulonPerpignan vs Toulon Report
Racing Metro Paris 22 - 6 Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Stade Francais 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Grenoble 21 - 21 Bayonne
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 17 - 18 CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Report
Sharks 19 - 8 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
Waratahs 19 - 12 BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Report
Stormers 18 - 3 LionsStormers vs Lions Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins 24 - 20 LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
Glasgow 27 - 9 UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Castres 22 - 15 MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens2080
2Northampton2071
3Bath2064
4Leicester Tigers2064
5Harlequins2058