Cherry and Whites' comeback
Cipriani pulls the strings
Gloucester 27 Bath 23
Saturday, 13 April 2019, 1500hrs

The Shed subsided into silence for the first quarter as rampant visitors Bath scored 17 unanswered points without too much trouble, monopolising territory and possession as the Cherry and Whites were made to struggle.
Former Kingsholm favourite Freddie Burns tormented Gloucester with his accurate boot that supplied an inch perfect cross-kick for wing McConnochie to score in the corner after just four minutes. His touch-line conversion and a penalty were soon followed by a second converted Bath try from close range as hooker Tom Dunn whilst the frustrated hosts had only touched the ball a couple of times and were quite unable to make any inroads against a strong physical defence.
However as the interval loomed the visitors were penalised allowing Gloucester to go for touch but there initial line-out drive faltered before Danny Cipriani supplied a touch of class with a short pass to prop Josh Hohneck who exploited the gap in the defence to get over for the first hosts' try. Billy Twelvetrees added the extras to reduce the arrears. 7-17.


The whole momentum of the game changed as the second-half unfolded with Bath prop Beno Obano being sin-binned for killing the ball at the ruck as the Gloucester forwards began to exert genuine pack pressure before Ruan Ackermann claimed the second converted try.

The Kingsholm crowd was now in full voice as Bath's defence began to struggle but that did not p
revent Burns slotting a straight forward penalty before Cipriani put Matt Banahan clear who timed his pass to perfection for Henry Purdy to score in the corner.
Burns kept the visitors well in the hunt with a sharply taken drop goal but with the spirited Gloucester pack now in full ascendancy the visitors seemed mesmerised by Cips who once again put Banahan clear, who in turn gave another scoring pass, this time to young winger Tom Seabrook who dived over in the corner. 24-23.
There was still time for Twelvetrees to add another penalty as Gloucester saw out time camped inside Bath territory.
What must have been a difficult week for the Cherry and White coaches and players with so many injuries to contend with but fortunately it had the best of outcomes.
Real rugby, entertaining in ideal conditions for a Saturday afternoon match in front of a full house, great atmosphere, good weather, good pitch and a truly competitive contest finishing with a famous victory. Utopia at Kingsholm!
T.H. 14/4/2019

Gloucester
15. Matt Banahan; 14. Tom Seabrook, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Henry Purdy;
10. Danny Cipriani, Willi Heinz (capt);
1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Ed Slater, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Ruan Ackermann, 7. Jaco Kriel, 8. Ben Morgan

Replacements:

16.Mike Sherry, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Gareth Denman, 19. Freddie Clarke, 20. Lewis Ludlow, 21. Jake Polledri, 22. Callum Braley, 23. Louis Rees-Zammit

Unavailable for selection:

Ruan Dreyer, Lloyd Evans, Gerbrandt Grobler, James Hanson, Tom Hudson, Tom Marshall, Charlie Sharples, Ollie Thorley, Henry Trinder, Owen Williams, Jason Woodward

Att: 16,115
Scorers:
Tries:Hohneck, Ackerman, Purdy, Seabrook
Con: Twelvetrees (2)
Pen: Twelvetrees

Half-time: 7-17

Referee: Matt Carley


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