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Simpson-Daniel sinks Bath
Two tries from Simpson-Daniel and one from Robinson win it for Gloucs
A James Simpson-Daniel double helped Gloucester get their Guinness Premiership campaign up and running with a 24-5 victory over Bath on Sunday.
Tries in both halves (18, 49) from the English winger and an interception try from debutant Nicky Robinson (77) ensured head coach Bryan Redpath got off to a winning start, as Bath paid for their wastefulness with the boot at Kingsholm.
Butch James' absence through a serious knee injury saw Ryan Davis employed as a kicker for the visitors, but missed chances meant it they only muster a Shontayne Hape (72) try, which proved too little too late.
The Kingsholm hosts enjoyed a good first half, but were fortunate not to fall behind in the first minute when opposition fly-half Davis erred with a penalty opportunity.
Gloucester fought their way into Bath territory, though, and were rewarded when last season's Premiership top try-scorer Joe Maddock knocked on under a high ball, offering up a penalty chance, which new signing Robinson duly converted.
Davis proved profligate with a penalty opportunity again on the quarter hour mark and the miss proved costly as former Bath centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu helped create the game's opening try.
It was Fuimaono-Sapolu's chip and chase down the left that got the Cherry and Whites deep into Bath territory and, after first employing the forwards, Gloucester moved the ball out wide through Robinson and the Samoan for Simpson-Daniel to score a converted try.
Gloucester continued to press as the half progressed, but saw Davis miss another penalty chance as the hosts went into the break 10-0 up.
Andrew Hazell was sin-binned for a cynical stamp on Julian Salvi's leg that was hanging out of the wrong side of a ruck, just before half-time, but Bath were unable to take advantage of their superior numbers as Davis turned down a kickable penalty chance in favour of a kick to the corner.
The resulting move came to nothing and Robinson then narrowly missed a three-pointer just before Hazell returned to the field of play. Salvi made a promising break into the Gloucester 22 soon after, but Michael Claassens's pass out wide was intercepted by Simpson-Daniel, who raced the length of the field to score his second converted try of the game.
Jonny Faamatuainu came up just short from a rolling maul on the hour mark for Bath and great hands from Danny Grewcock, Maddock and Matt Carraro put Hape in for the vistitors' first try. Carraro missed the conversion, but Bath at least had some points on the board.
They failed to capitalise, however, as Robinson rounded off his dream debut with a converted interception try in the dying minutes, shortly before being named Man of the Match.
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|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|
|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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