Gloucester Rugby scored six tries to win the West Country Derby against Bath 40-20 at the Rec.
Gloucester Rugby secured the try scoring bonus point before half time and it was the driving maul that proved to be successful for the Cherry and Whites once again.
Bath opened the scoring through an Orlando Bailey penalty but Gloucester Rugby were first to get a try when they were awarded a penalty try as the hosts brought the driving maul down illegally.
Another Bailey penalty kept the Blue, Black and Whites in the game but it wasn’t long until Chris Harris got over for his first of two tries after Ben Meehan drew the last defender to put the centre in space.
Jack Singleton then cashed in after the maul drove over again and before half time Harris collected a chip through from Rees-Zammit to score his second and our fourth, bonus point try, just before the break.
Leading 26-6 at half time, Bath were still in the game and put up plenty of resistance in the second half.
Building well, Bath had the scrum just 5m from the Gloucester Rugby line. Winning the penalty, Ben Spencer took the quick tap option and snuck over the line to score Bath’s first try.
But there was no stopping that Cherry and White driving maul. Fraser Balmain was the next player to get over, and scoring our 5th try of the afternoon, all but confirmed our victory.
Kyle Moyle put the final nail in the coffin with a late score after Ollie Thorley collected Adam Hasting’s cross field kick and then passed to the fullback who dived over to score.
Bath went out on their shield and it was a late try from Ollie Fox, with the clock in the red, that softened the score line for the hosts.
Key Moment – Chris Harris
Chris Harris scored two great tries for the Cherry and Whites but it was his second score that really stood out. Mark Atkinson chipped the ball through and Louis Rees-Zammit volleyed it on for Chris Harris to chase down and score.
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