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Aviva Premiership: Gloucester get losing bonus point after derby defeat to Bath
If we had remained disciplined we could have sneaked something out of that game.
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Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies felt his side's lack of discipline cost them any chance of winning their west country derby against Bath.
The hosts maintained their unbeaten Aviva Premiership record in front of their own fans in 2013, George Ford kicking all their points in a 15-12 triumph on Friday night.
Freddie Burns, released by England to play against his home-town club, made sure the Cherry and Whites picked up a losing bonus point, converting his own try and also kicking a pair of penalties.
"Overall, it was a poor game of rugby," said Davies after seeing his side come out on the wrong end of a 19-6 penalty count.
"I was disappointed with elements of our performance but the biggest disappointment for me was our discipline.
"If we had remained disciplined we could have sneaked something out of that game.
"There were periods of the second half where the momentum had changed, we had good field position, we could have have put pressure on Bath, but because we were undisciplined we didn't. In the context of this game it was a huge issue for us."
He did, however, have praise for the performance of Burns, who did all he could behind a pack that was constantly on the back foot.
"He was great. He managed the game well, in the first half and in the second half," Davies said of the fly-half.
"He managed field position very well - the trouble was that we let them off the hook when we got there.
"And you are not going to control games if you haven't got the platform. We battled and battled - we do that - but we've got to have more control over games."
"We know that if we keep the penalty count to 10 or below, we win rugby games."
Bath head coach Mike Ford felt his side deserved to come out on top, meaning they climb to second in the table.
"I thought we dominated the game," said Ford, whose son George played a key role in the result.
"We put ourselves under pressure, though, missed a few goal kicks, conceded a charge-down try. But apart from that, I thought we were dominant in most facets.
"We are second now and we're pleased where we are. Conditions didn't help. But we believe we've only scratched the surface with this team.
"Our front five were really good, really dominant. Not just the front five - the whole eight.
"There were some pleasing things. I'm not disappointed about winning derby games!"
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