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Bath 24-8 Gloucester

Bath (3) 24
Tries: Cuthbert, Banahan Con: Little Pens: Little 4
Gloucester (3) 8
Tries: Dickinson Pens: Robinson

Matt Banahan scored on his return after a two-week suspension
Matt Banahan scored a try on his return after a two-week suspension

Bath produced a strong second-half display to beat Gloucester in the West country derby and get their first home Premiership win of the season.

A scrappy first half ended 3-3 but Bath were inspired by half-time replacement Danny Grewcock and Nicky Little's three penalties put them firmly in charge.

Jack Cuthbert put the result beyond doubt when he went over for the first try of the game with 12 minutes left.

Matt Banahan added a second try before Alasdair Dickinson's late consolation.

Banahan's interception try was the perfect way for the England international to celebrate both his return from suspension and signing a new contract with Bath.

Gloucester can have few complaints after being completely outplayed by Bath in a one-sided second period and have now gone almost three months without an away league win.

Bath scored 21 points after the break, which will give them confidence going into next Saturday's relegation battle with Leeds, who are just one place below them in the Premiership.

Bath head coach Steve Meehan on next week's clash at Leeds:

"We know it is an important match, a massive game for us.

"There are some other big games around next weekend as well. The Premiership is such a tight competition, and it is important for us to keep working and keep improving.

"I thought that overall we played the better rugby today. Our defence was excellent, our scrum was very good and our line-out got better throughout the game."

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"The game was never in our control from minute one.

"The first half was a bit of a stalemate, and the whole game never really ignited.

"But, credit to Bath, Nicky Little slotted his penalties, they took their chances and they deserved the victory.

"We never had a great set-piece game to attack from, and you can't give cheap points away, which I thought we did.

"We knew going in that the referee was hot in certain areas - yet we still gave away penalties."

Bath: Abendanon, Stephenson, Carraro, Hape, Banahan, Little, Claassens; Flatman, Mears, Bell, Hooper, Short, Beattie, Salvi, Watson.

Replacements: Cuthbert for Abendanon (41), Davis for Hape (74), Bemand for Claassens (74), Barnes for Flatman (72), Dixon for Mears (74), Wilson for Bell (55), Grewcock for Short (55), Skirving for Salvi (74).

Gloucester: Morgan, Sharples, Simpson-Daniel, Molenaar, Voyce, Robinson, R. Lawson; Wood, S. Lawson, Somerville, Attwood, Brown, Strokosch, Hazell, Delve.

Replacements: Fuimaono-Sapolu for Molenaar (55), Lewis for R. Lawson (16), Dickinson for Wood (70), Capdevielle for Somerville (70), Eustace for Attwood (55), Narraway for Hazell (62).

Not Used: Dawidiuk, Spencer.

Sin-bin: S. Lawson (37).

Att: 11,800

Ref: Sean Davey (RFU).

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see also
Newcastle 15-16 Leeds
27 Dec 09 |  English
Guscott's predictions
27 Dec 09 |  English
Banahan pens three-year Bath deal
23 Dec 09 |  Bath
Northampton 15-13 Bath
05 Dec 09 |  English
Gloucester 25-13 Newcastle
05 Dec 09 |  English
Rugby union commentaries
09 Sep 10 |  Rugby Union

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