Gloucester 16 Bath 10
A strong second-half performance helped Gloucester to a narrow victory over Bath, which extends their unbeaten run to five.
Gloucester headed into the match follow victories over Wasps and London Welsh, while Bath were chasing a second consecutive win following victory over Sale the previous week. And Within a minute the visitors were in front. Bath returned a clearance kick from the hosts with real vigour, before moving play from right to left. Stephen Donald then sold the dummy and raced away for a great opening score. Donald converted his own try before booting over a penalty at the end of the first quarter to give Bath a 10-0 lead. But the visitors' indiscipline would cost them a large portion of the advantage, with Freddie Burns striking two penalties in quick succession to reduce the arrears to just four. Gloucester then hit the front ten minutes into the second half, when The TMO awarded a try to Rob Cook following an excellent attacking move and a sustained period of home pressure. Burns' conversion made it 13-10. The hosts enjoyed the lion's share of possession and territory as the game headed into the final ten minutes, and, after seeing a try contentiously disallowed by the touch judge, Burns knocked over a drop-goal to increase the cushion to six with time ticking away. The concession appeared to spring the visitors into life but, though Bath rallied and made good ground in the Gloucester half, the home defence held firm to see out a hard-fought victory.