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Gloucester claim derby victory

24th September 2011 16:52

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Gloucester v Northampton Charlie Sharples Try

Sharples: Late try

Gloucester ensured that they'll retain local bragging rights for the time being with a 23-6 win over Bath in the West Country derby.

The Cherry and Whites made it twenty-one games without defeat at their home ground to leave themselves mid-table after four games.

Tim Taylor returned at fly-half for the home team and kicked the majority of his side's points, as Bath gave away a series of needless penalties throughout the contest which ultimately cost them the match.

The opening quarter of the game was pretty even, as both sides' defences cancelled out the other's attacking threat, with neither team getting on the scoreboard in the first twenty minutes.

Bath then raised the tempo a notch, scoring two penalties through Sam Vesty and the away side were looking the more productive.

However, Gloucester finally got wind into their sails on the half hour mark with a Taylor penalty. When flanker Darren Dawidiuk went over for a try after good work from the home side's forwards, the tide was began to turn with Gloucester leading 10-6 at the break.

Taylor added two more penalties in the opening quarter of the second half, as Gloucester dominated possession with Bath struggling to make any real impact on the game.

They managed to keep the home side at bay until the final few minutes, when a lapse in their defence allowed Gloucester winger Charlie Sharples in for a try, pushing the score out to a convincing measure.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries: Dawidiuk, Sharples
Cons: Taylor, Burns
Pens: Taylor 3
Drops:

For Bath:
Pens:Vesty 2

Yellow cards: Vainikolo (Gloucester)

Gloucester: 15 Olly Morgan, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Jonny May, 12 Lesley Vainikolo, 11 Tom Voyce, 10 Tim Taylor, 9 Nick Runciman, 8 Brett Deacon, 7 Matt Cox,6 Peter Buxton (c),5 Tom Savage, 4 Will James, 3 Rupert Harden,2 Darren Dawidiuk, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Matias Cortese, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 David Lyons, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Henry Trinder.

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Jack Cuthbert, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 Dan Hipkiss, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Sam Vesty, 9 Michael Claassens (c), 8 Ben Skirving, 7 Guy Mercer, 6 Carl Fearns, 5 Ryan Caldwell, 4 Dave Attwood, 3 Duncan Bell, 2 Ross Batty, 1 Nathan Catt.
Replacements: 16 Mark Lilley, 17 Charlie Beech, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Andy Beattie, 21 Mark McMillan, 22 Tom Heathcote, 23 Nick Scott.

Referee: JP Doyle

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