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Gloucester 16 Bath 10: More Kingsholm woe for visitors as Cherry and Whites continue run

Gloucester 16 Bath 10: More Kingsholm woe for visitors as Cherry and Whites extend run

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UPDATED:

17:00 GMT, 6 October 2012

Gloucester fought back from an alarming early deficit to make it five Aviva Premiership games unbeaten and extend Bath's miserable losing run at Kingsholm.

Bath made a powerful start in pursuit of a first win on Gloucester soil since 2006 after fly-half Stephen Donald converted his own first-minute try and then kicked a penalty.

But Gloucester responded from 10-0 adrift through two Freddie Burns penalties, before he added the extras to full-back Rob Cook's 50th-minute touchdown and then slotted a late drop-goal.

Bath will wonder how they let things slip, especially given their early set-piece control, yet Gloucester were in no mood to relent once they set the scoreboard moving.

Valuable score: Rob Cook gets Gloucester back in the game

Valuable score: Rob Cook gets Gloucester back in the game

Burns, who has played himself into England fly-half contention ahead of the autumn Tests, came up trumps at key moments of an attritional contest.

His kicking contribution made the difference as Gloucester added Bath to their list of early-season scalps, and they will head into their European campaign next week unbeaten since September 1.

They are threatening a place in the play-offs at this early stage of the season, but Bath remain an erratic combination that has yet to settle under the coaching direction of Gary Gold and Toby Booth.

England number eight Ben Morgan returned from injury for Gloucester, while centre Henry Trinder and hooker Huia Edmonds also started and New Zealand scrum-half recruit Jimmy Cowan was on bench duty as the home side looked to make it five Premiership games unbeaten.

Bath were captained by former England hooker Lee Mears in the absence of an injured Stuart Hooper. Dominic Day and ex-Gloucester lock Dave Attwood formed Bath's second-row partnership, with Leicester old boys Sam Vesty and Dan Hipkiss teaming up at centre.

And the visitors made a stunning start, claiming the season's quickest Premiership try after just 32 seconds when Donald made a brilliant 40-metre break.

Opening score: Stephen Donald put Bath into an early lead

Opening score: Stephen Donald put Bath into an early lead

The New Zealander's sold Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees an audacious dummy, then sprinted clear for an opportunist touchdown that he also converted.

Gloucester were rocked on their heels, and they almost fell further behind 13 minutes later when brilliant work along the touchline by Bath wing Kyle Eastmond looked to have created a try for full-back Nick Abendanon.

But television match official David Grashoff rightly ruled that Eastmond had a foot on the touchline, and Gloucester escaped.

Gloucester, though, could not get into the game, with Bath enjoying scrummaging supremacy through the efforts of their Wales international loosehead Paul James and dictated the flow accordingly.

Donald booted a 21st-minute penalty to extend Bath's lead, but Gloucester secured enough territory late in a low-key half that reaped two penalty chances which Burns accepted.

Bath trooped off just four points clear, yet they will wonder why it was not a more convincing advantage given how Gloucester had lacked fluency or enjoyed any sustained spells of pressure.

Held up: Bath's Kyle Eastmond is tackled by James Simpson-Daniel

Held up: Bath's Kyle Eastmond is tackled by James Simpson-Daniel

Gloucester had chances to make life more difficult for Bath early in the second period, but Burns missed a penalty before brilliant defensive work by visiting wing Tom Biggs prevented a certain try.

Biggs' opposite number Shane Monahan set off on a superb angled run towards Bath's line, but Biggs – despite conceding considerable height and weight advantage -got underneath his opponent and prevented the touchdown.

Gloucester, though, only had to wait another three minutes before they breached Bath's defence, and this time it was Monahan's fellow wing James Simpson-Daniel who did the damage.

Cropping up in midfield, Simpson-Daniel fixed the Bath defence sufficiently to create space out wide, and former Cornish Pirates player Cook touched down.

Burns slotted the touchline conversion, and Gloucester held a three-point lead after fighting back impressively.

Bath looked to re-establish themselves in the game, but Gloucester possessed sufficient game-management skills to retain control, and Burns' 74th-minute drop-goal sealed the deal.

Worcester 16 Gloucester 16

Worcester 16 Gloucester 16: Burns rides to rescue to deny hosts first win of season

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UPDATED:

15:01 GMT, 15 September 2012

Substitute Freddie Burns denied Worcester their first win of the Aviva Premiership season with a dramatic penalty strike six minutes into injury time at Sixways.

Andy Goode looked to have secured victory for the Warriors just two minutes earlier after Gloucester skipper Jim Hamilton recklessly pushed Worcester lock James Percival at a lineout.

But Worcester could not hold on, and Burns struck with the final kick of an otherwise dire contest to secure a draw.

Charging through: Gloucester's Jonny May is tackled by Worcester Warriors' Chris Pennell and Shaun Perry

Charging through: Gloucester's Jonny May is tackled by Worcester Warriors' Chris Pennell and Shaun Perry

Gloucester centre Henry Trinder and Worcester replacement prop James Currie scored second-half tries, while Goode slotted two penalties and his team-mate Joe Carlisle a penalty and conversion.

Burns, who went on in the second period, slotted a penalty and conversion from his two kicks at goal and there was a penalty double from Billy Twelvetrees, but neither side covered themselves in glory.

Conditions were ideal for a free-flowing spectacle, yet both teams' repeated failure to master basic handling skills helped render the game largely a non-event.

Scotland wing Nikki Walker made his Worcester debut after moving to Sixways from the Ospreys earlier this year, while there were first Gloucester starts for wing Shane Monahan – who replaced an injured

Charlie Sharples – and Australian hooker Huia Edmonds.

Step aside: Worcester's James Percival evades a tackle from Gloucester's Nick Wood

Step aside: Worcester's James Percival evades a tackle from Gloucester's Nick Wood

Twelvetrees found his range inside the opening two minutes, landing a 50-metre penalty that served notice to the Warriors he meant business.

Goode slotted an equalising strike 10 minutes later, although only after he required lengthy treatment following a crunching tackle by Gloucester scrum-half Dan Robson.

Despite a perfect playing surface, both sides struggled to string together meaningful attacking phases and Gloucester regained the lead through another Twelvetrees penalty.

Goode, who stayed on in an attempt to run off his knock, missed two penalties but Worcester should have scored from their first notable attack.

Former England forward Chris Jones shrugged off a couple of weak Gloucester challenges to power towards the line, yet visiting full-back Jonny May executed a stunning tackle that ensured Gloucester retained their lead.

The Warriors attempted to free Samoan wing speedster David Lemi at every opportunity, and although Gloucester marshalled him well, Worcester looked a more threatening attacking unit.

Taken down: Worcester Warriors' Andy Goode is tackled by Gloucester's Dan Robson

Taken down: Worcester Warriors' Andy Goode is tackled by Gloucester's Dan Robson

But Goode did not help his team's cause when he was sin-binned after taking out Trinder off the ball, and the visitors piled on pressure as half-time approached.

Wing James Simpson-Daniel was guilty of a woeful blunder when he failed to gather possession with Worcester's line at his mercy, yet 14-man Worcester somehow held out under intense pressure, trooping off just three points adrift.

Carlisle took over kicking duties while Goode served his 10-minute spell on the sidelines, and an angled penalty success made it 6-6 in a game that badly needed some inspiration.

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies made his first substitutions just 13 minutes into the second period, one of which included Burns replacing Mike Tindall and Twelvetrees reverting to his more familiar inside centre position.

Burns, who scored 39 points in Gloucester's opening two league games against Northampton and London Irish, looked to make an immediate impression on the contest.

Eyes on the ball: Joe Carlisle and Sam Betty of Worcester Warriors tangle with Ben Morgan

Eyes on the ball: Joe Carlisle and Sam Betty of Worcester Warriors tangle with Ben Morgan

He mixed his kicking game well but errors abounded around him until Gloucester struck with the game's first try 14 minutes from time.
Monahan made it possible through a powerful touchline burst and, as Worcester defenders desperately scrambled back, the ex-Rotherham player's well-timed pass sent Trinder sprinting over.

Burns converted but Worcester stirred to set up a gripping finale the game hardly deserved when Currie ploughed over for a try that Carlisle improved.

Gloucester found themselves stretched defensively for the first time and Worcester entered the final five minutes pushing hard to turn territorial dominance into points.

The victory they coveted looked to have arrived deep into injury time when Goode kept his nerve under intense pressure, but then Warriors' front-row infringed and Burns made it 16-16 with the game's final kick.

Aviva Premiership weekend match guide: September 8-9

Your guide to the weekend's Aviva Premiership rugby action

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UPDATED:

13:27 GMT, 7 September 2012

There's a busy weekend of action ahead in the Aviva Premiership. Keep up to date with all the news with Sportsmail's guide to all the big matches.

SATURDAY

Bath v Wasps
The Rec, kick off 2.15pm, live on ESPN

Wasps look to the power of England lock Tom Palmer to topple Bath. He makes his first start since rejoining from Stade Francois after substitute duties in the defeat by Harlequins last week. England hooker Lee Mears makes his 250th appearance for Bath in a pack including ex-Scotland No 8 Simon Taylor for Springbok flanker Francois Louw.

Prediction: Home win.

Leicester v Worcester
Welford Road, kick off 3pm

Worcester keep an unchanged team, despite the home loss to Bath, to gain a first win at fortress Welford Road where a record 14,000 spectators have bought season tickets. Tigers need another scrum-half in Sam Harrison to cover for Micky Young who joins England’s Ben Youngs on the sidelines.

Prediction: Home win.

Hands on: Scrum-half Sam Harrison (L) will have another opportunity to impress for Leicester

Hands on: Scrum-half Sam Harrison (L) will have another opportunity to impress for Leicester

London Irish v Gloucester
Madejski Stadium, kick off 3pm

No starting place for Mike Tindall in a rejigged Gloucester team including fit-again captain Jim Hamilton. Harry Trinder starts ahead of substitute Tindall and prop Shaun Knight is preferred to Rupert Harden. Irish, flattened 40-3 by Saracens last week, are led by flanker Declan Danaher.

Prediction: Away win.

Sale v Saracens
Salford City Stadium, kick 4.30pm live on ESPN

All eyes will be on Danny Cipriani in his first start for Sale after his arrival from Australia. But the fly half, who was a substitute in the defeat at Exeter, does not have No 8 Andy Powell to provide protection due to a broken cheekbone. Saracens, including ex-Sale ace Charlie Hodgson, are unchanged and won 45-9 on their last visit to the north-west.

Prediction: Away win.

SUNDAY

Northampton v Exeter
Franklin’s Gardens, kick off 3pm

Northampton’s Jim Mallinder has warned his unchanged team, following the
win at Gloucester, to be wary of high-flying Exeter. England flanker
Tom Wood continues his comeback following a foot injury against a team
who demolished Sale 43-6, scoring five tries. Exeter also have Fijian
centre Sireli Naqelevuki as back up on the bench.

Prediction: Home win.

Same again: Northampton flanker Tom Wood continues his comeback following a foot injury

Same again: Northampton flanker Tom Wood continues his comeback following a foot injury

Thomas Waldrom and Matt Banahan called up to England squad

Waldrom and Banahan called up to England squad after injuries to Gloucester pair

Thomas Waldrom and Matt Banahan have linked up with England's RBS 6 Nations squad in place of injured pair Luke Narraway and Henry Trinder.

England's first match of the competition, and their first under interim coach Stuart Lancaster, comes against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Call-up: Waldrom has been rewarded after a try-scoring performance against the Ireland Wolfhounds on Saturday

Call-up: Waldrom has been rewarded after a try-scoring performance against the Ireland Wolfhounds on Saturday

Gloucester pair Narraway and Trinder were due to be part of the senior squad ahead of that match but will remain at their club for treatment on respective calf and ankle problems.

Narraway's absence opens up a space for Leicester's Waldrom to come in as a No 8, while Bath's Banahan comes in to cover at centre and wing in place of Trinder.

Back in the fold: Banahan returns to the England squad

Back in the fold: Banahan returns to the England squad

Both incoming players played for England Saxons in their 23-17 win over the Irish Wolfhounds at Exeter on Saturday.

Lancaster is already preparing with for the Calcutta Cup clash without Toby Flood, Courtney Lawes (both knee), Manu Tuilagi (calf) and Tom Wood (foot).

Gloucester winger Charlie Sharples relieved after England call-up

Gloucester winger Sharples relieved after call-up for England squad

Charlie Sharples revealed he had achieved one of his season's objectives by being selected in the England elite player squad.

The Gloucester wing narrowly missed
out on World Cup selection last summer, being among a final group of
players cut from contention by then England boss Martin Johnson.

Out to make an impression: Gloucester's Charlie Sharples

Out to make an impression: Gloucester's Charlie Sharples

Sharples, though, features in the squad named by interim England coach Stuart Lancaster that will prepare for this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

'It is relief, excitement and enjoyment – a whole mixture of feelings,' Sharples said.

'I set this as a target coming off the back of the World Cup. I had had a taste, and I wanted more. It was my goal to push on and get back in the mix, and I am really happy that I have managed to do that.

'You always want to be progressing, and I feel that is happening with my rugby.'

Sharples is the only Gloucester player to have made the elite squad, although five others – Jonny May, Henry Trinder, Freddie Burns, Nick Wood and Luke Narraway are in the 32-man England Saxons group.

Left out: Gloucester's Mike Tindall

Left out: Gloucester's Mike Tindall

A notable but expected omission from the senior England group is Gloucester centre Mike Tindall, whose off-field behaviour at the World Cup commanded more attention than his performances on the pitch.

Tindall has yet to make any announcement about his international future, although there has been speculation that he could now step down from the Test arena.

'Mike is a senior player here, and his focus is here,' said Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath.

Redpath, meanwhile, confirmed that full-back Olly Morgan – an outsider for England recognition – will not play again this season.

Morgan faces knee surgery after he was carried off during last weekend's Aviva Premiership defeat at Worcester.

'It is quite a severe injury,' Redpath added.

'He will have surgery next week, and he will be out for six months. He has damaged his knee pretty badly.'

England to axe Mike Tindall

England axe Tindall and this time it”s for good as Lancaster prepares to rings changes

Mike Tindall’s international rugby career will end in ignominy in 10 days’ time when England name their 32-man squad for the Six Nations championship without him in it.

Tindall, married to the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, will pay the final price for his drunken behaviour at the World Cup in New Zealand by being axed — for the second time — from England’s Elite Player Squad.

The 33-year-old Gloucester centre can save himself from that fate only by announcing his retirement from Test rugby before the axe falls, a move Tindall, the last of the 2003 World Cup-winning team still available for England selection, is understood to be considering.

End of an era: Mike Tindall looks to have played his last game for England

End of an era: Mike Tindall looks to have played his last game for England

Tindall had wanted to play for his country in the Six Nations in the hope that his career, which has brought him 75 caps, could end on an upbeat note, rather than the shame of his behaviour at the World Cup and his subsequent punishment for misleading Martin Johnson’s tour management.

Tindall was fined 25,000 and thrown out of the Elite Player Squad in November following his indiscretions during the players’ infamous night out at the Altitude Bar in Queenstown, only to be restored to the squad and handed a reduced 15,000 fine after an appeal.

Last week, Tindall was seen waving to wellwishers as he joined the Queen and the rest of the Royal party at their traditional Sandringham Christmas.

Now, with his England career over, he may even opt to leave the game for
good. His three-year contract with Gloucester ends in May and rising stars such as Henry Trinder have already been making it hard for Tindall to claim a place in the starting line-up.

If he does jump before he is pushed, interim head coach Stuart Lancaster would be able to axe up to 14 members of the squad which exited the World Cup after being beaten by France in the first knockout round.

All smiles: Tindall and Zara Philips leave Sandringham Church on Christmas Day

All smiles: Tindall and Zara Philips leave Sandringham Church on Christmas Day

England allow up to 10 changes in EPS personnel, not counting those who retire, as World Cup captain Lewis Moody, Jonny Wilkinson and Steve Thompson have already done post-World Cup.

While Lancaster’s clear-out may not involve quite those numbers, Tindall will be the highest profile casualty as England’s new interim management team attempt to rebuild a squad whose World Cup campaign was scarred by the antics of a number of players off the field and the disappointing performances of many of them on it.

Also axed by Lancaster, his backs coach Andy Farrell and forwards coach Graham Rowntree will be Shontayne Hape and veterans Nick Easter and Mark Cueto.

Hape has failed to make his mark in 13 appearances for England, but
Easter and Cueto have enjoyed long and fruitful international careers,
which both had hoped to continue.

Wane: Tindall is also struggling to hold down a starting place at Gloucester

Wane: Tindall is also struggling to hold down a starting place at Gloucester

Easter, who revealed to The Mail on Sunday that he was behind the infamous ‘35,000 down the toilet’ remark following England’s World Cup exit, will be told by Lancaster next week that his international days are over, at least under the new regime and despite the fact that the No 8, capped 47 times by England, has been in fine form for Quins.

Time will also be called on Cueto, even though he scored for Sale last week and lies just four tries short of becoming the most prolific scorer in
Premiership history. Cueto, best known for the disallowed try in England’s 2007 World Cup final defeat by South Africa, touched down 20 times in his 55 Tests for England.

The England management, however, are keen to press ahead with younger players, with half an eye on the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

It opens up an intriguing prospect in the England back three, especially as winger Chris Ashton’s place is under threat despite ending the World Cup as joint top scorer in the tournament with six tries.

The Northampton star has been serving a four-week ban for his part in the dust-up between Leicester and Saints but his place in his club’s starting
XV looks far from certain after his likely move to Saracens upset director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

In the spotlight: England trio Mike Tindall, Dylan Hartley and Chris Ashton

In the spotlight: England trio Mike Tindall, Dylan Hartley and Chris Ashton

Ashton will be selected for the EPS but will not play in the Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 4 if he has not featured in at least one full game for Northampton before then.

Ashton’s Northampton and England team-mate Ben Foden could be in for a shock as well, with the fullback possibly moving to the wing to accommodate Harlequins’ Mike Brown, whose form at 15 has been outstanding all season.

Brown is almost certain to be involved in the match day 22 at the Calcutta Cup, and could well barge his way straight into the starting
line-up.

Meanwhile, Owen Farrell, the 20-year-old Saracens back, and son of former England star Andy Farrell, is primed to gain a place in England’s starting line-up for their Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Murrayfield.

Farrell, whose father is the backs coach in England’s interim management team, has featured at stand-off and centre for Saracens this season. But he is expected not only to be selected for the England Elite Player Squad on January 11 but to start the opening match of his country’s Six Nations
campaign in the No 12 jersey, with Toby Flood at stand-off.