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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 March, 2005, 16:44 GMT
Clockwatch: Gloucester 19-24 Bath
All the action as Bath reach the Powergen Cup final with a compelling 24-19 victory over West Country rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm.

100 mins (ET): There is only enough time for one more play and Bath thump the ball out from the kick-off. Rowden blows the whistle to end a thrilling contest.

99 mins (ET):The tension is palpable at Kingsholm and Andy Williams produces a fine grubber kick into the deal-ball area.

He wins the race to his own kick and the video referee rules that he managed to get downward pressure on the ball for what is surely the match-winning score.
Gloucester 19-24 Bath

95 mins (ET): Malone sets himself up nicely for the drop goal which looks to be heading over but it bounces back into play off the post, must to the relief of the Kingsholm crowd.

93 mins (ET): Bath locks Grewcock and Borthwick are involved in a bit of argy-bargy with an opponent but Rowden soon calms it down.

91 mins (ET): Paul starts the second period of extra-time with a kick deep into Bath territory.

90 mins (ET): With Bath under pressure near their own posts, they just manage to clear their lines and Rowden brings the first period of extra-time to a close.

90 mins (ET): Centre Terry Fanolua dances through the Bath defensive line but he is isolated and Gloucester turn the ball over.

88 mins (ET): Gloucester launch their first attack of extra-time when Malone's clearance kick is charged down.

85 mins (ET): It is all Bath and substitute Chris Booth makes a clean break through the Gloucester defence. Bath get quick ball and with the line begging, Malone's pass is just behind Perry - who cannot catch the ball and the chance goes begging.

83 mins (ET): Bath have all the ball in a lengthy period of play but Gloucester are able to hold out as Scaysbrook knocks on.

81 mins (ET): The first 10-minute period of extra-time starts and it is Paul who makes the first clearance kick.

80 mins: Roared on by the vocal home support, Gloucester try and claim the killer score. A forward pass is missed by Rowden which allows Gloucester near the Bath line. Paul sits in the pocket but his drop goal goes wide and Rowden blows for the end of normal time.

78 mins: Gloucester pile forward in a breathless finish but again they lose possession at a crucial time.

75 mins: A break from hooker Lee Mears puts Bath deep in Gloucester territory, Malone tries to get in position but the ball to him is not good and his drop goal attempt in blocked.

72 mins: Gloucester sense a real opportunity after Perry drops a high ball fired into the 22. However the Bath scrum produce a superb shove and they win the ball back.

67 mins: Wonderful strength from centre Higgins who punches his way through the Gloucester defence. Grewcock takes the ball on and Gloucester are penalised in front of the posts. Malone levels the score. Gloucester 19-19 Bath

61 mins: From the kick-off, Malone fires the ball out on the full as the Kingsholm crowd find their voice.

60 mins: Wonderful run from Simpson-Daniel who straightens the line, the pass to Kiole on his outside sticks and the Samoan has a simple run in for the try and Gloucester take the lead for the first time. Paul converts from in front of the posts. Gloucester 19-16 Bath

53 mins: Another good Gloucester attack, the ball is spread wide but yet again the final pass is poor as Hazell's wayward ball to wing Marcel Garvey on the touchline is spilled.

51 mins: Matt Perry's clearance comes straight to Kiole, whose jinking run sets up a Gloucester charge. They look to be making ground but Goodridge knocks on.

44 mins: Gloucester are forced to defend thanks to breaks from Steve Borthwick and Olly Barkley but they turn over ball when they get into their opponent's half.

42 mins: A good start for Gloucester in the second half, Bath are penalised for hands in the ruck but Paul's kick from the 22 hits the outside of the post.

40 mins: Rowden brings the pulsating half to a close.

38 mins: Referee Ashley Rowden evens up the numbers by yellow carding prop Matt Stevens for flopping over the ball as Gloucester threaten. Paul kicks the penalty.
Gloucester 12-16 Bath

35 mins: A superb break from Andrew Higgins puts the Gloucester defence on the back foot near their own line. Hooker Noel Curnier tries to stop Walshe from getting the ball out quickly and receives a yellow card for his troubles. Malone kicks the three points. Gloucester 9-16 Bath

32 mins: From the resulting scrum, Bath scrum-half Nick Walshe is penalised for obstructing opposite number Gomarsall but Paul misses again after a poor strike of the ball.

31 mins: Gloucester have a good opportunity to stretch the Bath defence after some quick ball from the line-out but Kiole drops the ball as it is moved wide.

23 mins: The impressive Adam Balding leaves the field injured, with Jake Boer taking his place on the blind-side.

21 mins: The game's blistering start continues as Gloucester threaten the Bath line. The visitors concede a penalty for coming in from the side of a ruck and Paul makes it three from four with an easy kick. Gloucester 9-13 Bath

19 mins: Gomarsall produces a poor clearance from a free-kick and Bath quickly counter. Flanker Geraint Lewis bursts through the sluggish Gloucester defence before offloading a neat pass to Joe Maddock who goes over in the corner. Malone adds the extras. Gloucester 6-13 Bath

12 mins: Gloucester pile forward, powerful winger Seti Kiole leading the way, and are able to generate some quick ball. Bath's defensive line comes up too quick and Paul claims the penalty. Gloucester 6-6 Bath

9 mins: From the re-start, scrum-half Andy Gomarsall makes a dreadful mistake by dropping the ball. The Gloucester forwards are offside as they try to regain possession and Malone kicks the three points. Gloucester 3-6 Bath

8 mins: Bath lock Danny Grewcock is harshly penalised in front of the posts and Paul redeems himself by kicking the simple penalty. Gloucester 3-3 Bath

5 mins: Henry Paul kicks deep and James Simpson-Daniel is blocked from chasing the ball by the retreating James Scaysbrook. Paul goes for goal but he badly scuffs his kick.

2 mins: Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell is penalised for a late tackle on Malone, who dusts himself down to kick over for the opening score of the game. Gloucester 0-3 Bath

1 mins: Chris Malone kicks off for Bath in bright sunshine and full-back Jon Goodridge is able to clear even though he does not make touch.


England flanker Andy Hazell returns to the Gloucester side, while French hooker Olivier Azam is named on the bench after three months out after a shoulder operation.

Hooker Jonathan Humphreys starts on the bench for Bath, who welcome back full-back Matt Perry after a late fitness test.

Steve Borthwick, one of five England players returning to the squad, will captain the side from second row.

Danny Grewcock, Matt Stevens and Duncan Bell are also available again up front while Olly Barkley returns to the backline.


Gloucester: Goodridge; Garvey, Simpson-Daniel, Fanolua, Kiole; Paul, Gomarsall; Wood, Curnier, Powell; Eustace, Brown; Buxton, Hazell, Balding.
Replacements: Azam, Sigley, Cornwell, Boer, Page, B. Davies, Morgan.

Bath: Perry; A Williams, Higgins, Barkley, Maddock; Malone, Walshe; Stevens, Mears, Bell; Borthwick, Grewcock; Lewis, Scaysbrook, Fea'unati.
Replacements: Humphreys, Barnes, Delve, Fidler, Davis, Wood, Booth.

Referee: Ashley Rowden (RFU)




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