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Bath gained local bragging rights over Gloucester with a hard-fought 15-13 victory over their west country rivals at the Rec on Friday night.
George Ford kicked all of the home side's points, landing five penalties, as they moved up to second in the Aviva Premiership table with a fourth win in six league outings this season.
Gloucester at one stage trailed 12-3 but despite the sin-binning of prop Rupert Harden on 54 minutes, produced a sterling second-half fightback.
Freddie Burns converted his own try just after the hour mark and also booted a pair of penalties as the Cherry and Whites at least made the short journey back to Kingsholm with a losing bonus point for their efforts.
In the end, the visitors simply left themselves too much to do in the closing quarter, their cause not helped by the fact they conceded no less than 19 penalties.
They fell behind after just six minutes when Ford slotted over a penalty, awarded after a late hit on him by Matt Kvesic, and the former Leicester Tiger was successful with two further efforts to make it 9-0.
Burns, born and bred in Bath, eventually got Gloucester on the scoreboard in the 34th minute, making the most of a penalty for a deliberate knock-on by Jonathan Joseph.
Ford missed two further attempts before the break but fired over a penalty six minutes into the second half from wide out on the right wing.
Bath, who have not lost at home in the league in 2013, looked set to take a firm grip on proceedings when prop Harden was ordered to spend 10 minutes in the bin by referee Wayne Barnes, even if Ford couldn't convert the relatively straightforward opportunity.
However it was the 14 men of Gloucester who scored next, Burns grabbing the only try of the match when he collected his own charge down of a clearing kick. He also knocked over the extras, making it 12-10 all of a sudden.
Ford responded with a penalty but Bath then found themselves a player light when Anthony Watson was shown a yellow card.
Burns made him pay by knocking over the kick, cutting the gap back to two points. That, though, was as close as Gloucester got, meaning they have now won just one of their last eight away matches in all competitions.Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 11th October|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester|
|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
|Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
|Saturday 6th September|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins|
|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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