Ryan Lamb was on fine form against Bath in the Guinness A League
GLOUCESTER maintained their solid run in the Guinness A League last night with a 34-17 victory over Bath at the Rec.
Bath, fielding a number of first team players, started well and could have scored as early as the first minute when Andy Higgins carried on Andy Dunne's superb break, but the centre was hauled down just short of the line.
But it was the young Gloucester side that went into a 9-0 lead through the boot of centre Ryan Lamb after Bath were penalised for straying off-side in midfield, guilty of killing the ball and pulling down at the line-out.
Things got a whole lot worse for Bath when Kye Palm intercepted Spencer Davey's speculative pass to touch down in between the sticks. Lamb converted.
Bath did register a fine score on the stroke of half-time to haul themselves back into the game when hooker Rob Hawkins picked a tremendous line to step two Gloucester defenders for a try near the posts which was converted by Andy Dunne.
The home side started the second half well and Dunne slotted over a penalty to reduce the deficit to six points, but Gloucester's Lamb cancelled out the advantage a few minutes later before number eight Mark George was driven over the Bath line for a try.
The lead was further extended in the 62nd minute when Lamb added his fifth penalty to give Gloucester an unassailable 27-10 lead. Gloucester added gloss with another converted push over score for number eight George.
Bath did have the final say when Mike Mangeolles skipped past two tackles for a converted try on the stroke of full time.
GLOUCESTER RUGBY: 15 J Goodridge, 14 K Palm (1t), 13 G King, 12 R Lamb (2c, 5p), 11 S Hunt, 10 B Davies (McNeil), 9 D Pointon, 1 T Sigley, 2 B Gerry (Williams), 3 J Foster (Moran), 4 J Pendlebury, 5 Q Davids (Parkes), 6 D Miller, 7 T Rawlins, 8 M George (2t)
16 J Parkes, 17 B Williams, 18 K Moran, 19 W Jones, 20 C McNeil, 21 V Lanciano, 22 D Touy.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.