RUGBY: Indiscipline costs Gloucester dear in derby with Bath
3:07pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in Sport
DIRECTOR of rugby Nigel Davies insists Gloucester were the architects of their own downfall as Bath kept hold of the West Country bragging rights at the Rec on Friday night, writes Pippa Field.
Despite being at fault for the only try of the game scored by Freddie Burns, Bath fly half George Ford’s five penalties were enough to hand them a 15-13 win.
Burns kicked two penalties himself with his second pulling Gloucester within two points with 14 minutes remaining and Bath full back Anthony Watson in the sin bin.
Gloucester, who themselves saw Rupert Harden shown yellow earlier in the second half, couldn’t capitalise, though, as they fell to their fourth Aviva Premiership defeat of the season.
Bath have now won the past two West Country derbies and director of rugby Davies admitted Harden’s indiscipline was one example of several where they had let themselves down.
“It’s very frustrating, it was a poor performance in too many areas,” said Davies. “But our big problem was our indiscipline, we kept on giving away penalties, it was shocking.
“We had a chance to win that game even though we didn’t play well, but we just kept on letting them off the hook.
“The team are all very frustrated because they know that they let themselves down.
“They had a chance there in the last 20 minutes but they didn’t take it and it was because of our indiscipline.”
Bath were 9-0 ahead just after the half-hour thanks to three Ford penalties, with opposite number Burns kicking Gloucester’s only points of the half moments later.
Another Ford penalty after the break kept Bath nine points ahead before Burns charged down his kick and then converted as Gloucester pulled it back to 12-10.
Ford and Burns exchanged penalties with less than 15 minutes remaining on the clock and Bath held on prompting a Davies call for a response from his Gloucester side.
“There is a lot of potential in this team but we’re just not showing it at the moment," added Davies. "There is a lot of work to be done.
“The one thing they will do, though, is fight. Fight for each other and fight for the jersey and that is promising.”
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