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Junior Reporter gives her view on Derby Day win

For our Derby Day win against Bath Rugby, we welcomed Seren, one of our winners from the junior reporter competition to give her take on the game. Read her match report below. 

Gloucester Rugby wash out Bath Rugby, Seren Lennon

A crowd of 13,569 gathered at Kingsholm to watch this epic and eventful derby match.

Gloucester Rugby have been unlucky in their last few derby games, with defeats against Worcester Warriors and Bristol Rugby. No doubt George Skivington was approaching this match with caution with memories of two recent defeats.

The match started in eventful fashion with Bath in possession, shortly followed by a high tackle that resulted in a yellow card for Bath number 1, Valeriy Morozov in the third minute of play. Adam Hastings worked his magic in kicking the penalty to halfway, Louis Rees Zammit breaks through and Kingsholm erupts in applause and cheers for a try. The try was disallowed with Louis falling inches short, Kingsholm erupts in boos.

Lock, Mati Alemanno, scores a try from short range, the TMO deems Alemano to have fallen short again and the try is disallowed. The disappointment is visible on the faces of the Gloucester Team, the crowd is equally disappointed.

After a Bath Scrum, Gloucester were awarded a penalty and Hastings again works his magic to kick to the Bath 10m. Chris Harris then shows his power and drive over the line, yet another TMO check follows and was a ‘No Try’. This really was shaping to be the match of the ‘No Try’.

After a scrum for Gloucester, Harris gets his second chance, the ball goes over the line and finally, the moment Kingsholm waited for….. TRY! 5-0. The try is then successfully converted by Hastings.

Bath again find themselves in trouble in minute 14 with Max Clark being shown a yellow card. A lack of discipline and frustration is visible of the faces of Bath Rugby.

Gloucester continued hunting a breakthrough and demonstrated excellent play from Ruan Ackermann. Former Gloucester player, Danny Cipriani also demonstrates some good play, but this wasn’t always reflected in the rest of the Bath squad, it was obvious there wasn’t the same level of communication that Gloucester were showing.

Rees-Zammit again shows why he is a Welsh international, scoring a fantastic try in the 29th minute, Kingsholm erupts again! Hastings is up to convert, Kingsholm falls silent, the ball doesn’t convert. Bath are obviously frustrated. Bath 9, Ben Spencer, argued with the ref. A knock on follows and Gloucester had the scrum. Santiago Carreras kicks and find Louis Rees-Zammit gets the ball over the line. Conversion is successful from Adam Hastings.

Bath scrabble for possession, they show some good passing but frustrations are clear.

The end of the first half approaches, Hastings takes a shot from a penalty, it goes wide. Kingsholm takes it’s breath and Carreras takes the ball over the line just before half time. Hastings was up again for the conversion, which is unsuccessful but with a 24-0 lead at half time, Gloucester can live with this.

The second half starts in fine form, Rees-Zammit passes to Ben Morgan who scores a try in the first minutes of play, a fantastic conversion from Hastings follows. Gloucester continuing to play like a squad with a real fire in their hearts, Bath, on the other hand seem to have lost the drive to play. Mark Atkinson scores a try in the 48th minute, running virtually unchallenged under the posts, could this get any better? It did, a beauty of a conversion from Hastings.

Bath players became involved in an on-pitch fight, no punches thrown but pushing and shoving. A penalty. The Bath number 2, Tom Dunn, elbows Lewis Ludlow to the back of the head whilst on the floor, a decision which goes unpunished but is shown on the screens, Gloucester fans boo. Have Bath lost their focus and their way in the match?

The hour mark approaches, Bath scrabble for opportunities, Gloucester’s captain, Lewis Ludlow sends the Kingsholm crowds wild with a fantastic run and try (with a little bit of damage to an advertising board!) a successful conversion from Hastings follows, this squad is on fire! Can we make it to 50-0?

A high tackle from Tom Seabrook gets him a yellow card. Play continues, Gloucester show some excellent play despite being a man down. Rees-Zammit finds space on the outside and it’s Ben Meehan, who gets the 50! Gloucester goes wild again, the roar lifts the roof off the stands! Hastings shows yet another beautiful conversion for a 52-0 score line.

Cipriani gives a good kick across the field and Bath seem to have got back some energy and promise, but the cross ends when Carreras gets the ball. Play is drawing to a close, can Bath score and claim some points?

Play continues, Bath move to 5m with a penalty but they lack the ability to keep the ball, and someone lacked the ability to keep both rugby boots on, with the screen showing an abandoned boot!

Jamal Ford-Robson broke away for an epic run with a truly epic try, the stuff of dreams for both Jamal and Gloucester. If Kingsholm had a roof, it would be well and truly off by now!

Bath looked despondent, they know this is beyond resolving, Twelvetrees finds Alemanno and he gets the try! So deserving after having an earlier try disallowed. Hastings converts and it’s 64-0!

A historic win for Gloucester and the highest score in the Premiership, this is a day to smile and be proud of your team! Gloucester fans will be talking about the match for weeks!

George Skivington, no need to feel disappointed about past defeats, this is a day to be proud of the team and one that will surely go down in Gloucester Rugby history!

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