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Matt Banahan wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Bath Rugby game

1873 News

15 April 2019

Duncan Wood

Matt Banahan
Matt Banahan receives his award from Simon Devereux (c) Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby

Matt Banahan may have been playing out of position against his former club Bath Rugby, but he had a heck of an impact, and his line breaks which led to two second half scores were enough to see him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.   

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Following the game Matt came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mate Ben Morgan, and took part in the post-match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.

Matt was then presented with the award by Devs, who provided the following summary of the game:

“This was Gloucester’s first Premiership win at Kingsholm against Bath since October 2012 and it was a monumental effort to overcome a 0-17 deficit from the opening 20 minutes. Bath were outstanding in all aspects during this period, playing with pace, precision and variety to overwhelm Gloucester.

“Gloucester were starved of possession and made errors with the little they did have, which was a symptom of playing for long periods without the ball. Territory improved significantly for Gloucester during the second quarter but they lacked accuracy at several key moments to turn the ball over after sustained pressure in the Bath ‘22’. There was some frustration with the officiating at the breakdown during this period but whilst Bath were outstanding in attack in the opening quarter, they were equally outstanding in defence in the second, as Gloucester battered away.

“Gloucester to their credit remained positive and were rewarded with a converted try in first half injury time. This was crucial, as it rewarded the sustained period of pressure Gloucester had, and visibly lifted the squad and full house Kingsholm crowd.

“A big start was needed in the second half and Gloucester seized the opportunity to bring the score to 14-17 after a good scrum and quick thinking from close range to crash over. At this point Gloucester looked energized and it felt like a huge momentum swing despite still being three points behind.

“Bath were resilient in adding a further 6 points to keep themselves in front after two Gloucester tries but ultimately it felt Gloucester had control of their own destiny. What was impressive about Gloucester is they remained patient and confident in their own ability, with excellent running lines in the backs creating overlaps, resulting in two tries from distance.

“The maturity shown by Gloucester in weathering a storm to respond positively was impressive. They remained true to their beliefs, keeping composed and executing well when the opportunities arose, landing an excellent win against a quality Bath side….in an electric Kingsholm atmosphere!”

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