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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 27th February|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Sale Sharks|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|13:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
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