Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 52-0 Gloucester Rugby
The final game of the Premiership Rugby Cup group stage saw Bath Rugby seal a convincing win over neighbours Gloucester Rugby.
The Pool A side secured a first victory of their cup campaign in fine fashion, running in seven tries to reward the hardy Rec support on Monday night.
Gloucester secured two wins in the Premiership Rugby Cup but a third proved elusive as an inexperienced side learnt valuable lessons against the star-studded hosts.
Man of the Match
You simply can’t look past Semesa Rokoduguni’s four-try blitz for the deciding individual display in this contest.
When the winger catches fire there are fewer more destructive forces in Gallagher Premiership Rugby and he showed all of his power against the Cherry and Whites.
His early try set the tone before he sniped home from close-range midway through the second half and finished off a team move to form the spine of an emphatic victory.
Moment of the Match
Scrum-half Will Chudley might not have expected to be a defining influence at the breakdown but his first-half intervention was a vital moment.
Gloucester just looked like edging back into the game on 35 minutes and the effervescent Chudley stymied one of their more promising moves with a superb jackal close to his own line.
The visitors wouldn’t come any closer for the rest of the evening, due in no small part to Chudley’s tenacious work in defending his side’s lead.
Try of the Match
The intrepid crowd at the Rec didn’t need to wait long to be rewarded for their loyalty, with Rokoduguni scoring an absolute pearl of a try five minutes in.
Bath worked an overlap inside their own territory and the winger burst clear, cutting inside and brushing off the challenge of Dom Coetzer.
Even Matt Banahan couldn’t keep up with Rokoduguni, who turned on the afterburns and dotted down to round off a stunning 60-metre burst.
What they said
Bath’s Semesa Rokoduguni: “That’s the first time I’ve scored four!
“The boys did a good job, carried hard and they created those opportunities on the edge. It’s hats off to them, to be honest.
“I was pleased to get a lot of good ball today in good positions, get the ball in my hands and work up the spaces out there. With the way we play, it shows how good we are when we get everything right.
“The next job is for us to carry on from this performance.”
Gloucester backs coach Tim Taylor said: “It was a really tough defeat, it’s hard to swallow. It wasn’t due to lack of effort.
“We showed a lot of heart and there have been no complaints from the lads in the preparation. The attitude was excellent, it was just that Bath were very good and took their opportunities very well.
“We won’t use the preparation as an excuse. We got a session in yesterday and I felt we were well-prepared.
“It’s a great learning experience for the youngsters that played. We’ve got to look at it, learn from it and improve.”
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