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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.