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Match Report: Bath Rugby 31-31 Gloucester Rugby

08 Sep 2018
Match Report: Bath Rugby 31-31 Gloucester Rugby

Matt Banahan had the final say in an exhilarating West Country derby that saw Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby draw 31-31.

Gloucester were irrepressible in the first half as Ruan Ackermann grabbed a double and Callum Braley notched a third try, with Semesa Rokoduguni responding just before the break.

Tom Dunn helped himself to a double in the second half and Elliott Stooke looked to have won it, but Banahan crossed with just two minutes left to play in a memorable, lung-busting derby.

Gloucester were on the front foot in the early stages and put their dominance on the board on 15 minutes as Ackermann surged over the line from short distance following a series of attacks.

The visitors continued to edge the arm wrestle and Ackermann got his second on 26 minutes when a lovely pass from Danny Cipriani but the back rower through a hole and he proved unstoppable from 30 metres out.

Bath attempted to quell the invaders but Gloucester got their third try before half-time as Braley sniped his way through a gap to touch down under the posts.

Rokoduguni grabbed a crucial try before the break and Dunn got a fortuitous second just after it, with an overthrown lineout giving him an unmissable opportunity.

Burns nailed the conversion and Dunn completed his double on 64 minutes with another try from short range.

Penalties were traded to make it 24-24 and Stooke powered over in the corner after a spell of pressure in an action that looked as though it had won the game for the home side.

But there was one more twist in the plot as Gloucester attacked, Cipriani passed out wide and Matt Banahan put the finishing touch on a pulsating derby.