Slater's last minute heroics sets up Gloucester's 21-22 victory

A double from Semesa Rokoduguni went in vain for Bath
A double from Semesa Rokoduguni went in vain for Bath

Bath Rugby 21-22 Gloucester Rugby, Recreation Ground

Ed Slater scored the decisive try in the added minutes while Owen Williams slotted the conversion as Gloucester Rugby managed to edge out Bath with a 21-22 triumph in their Aviva Premiership face-off at Recreation Ground on Sunday.

Gloucester captain and scrum-half Willi Heinz set the tone for the game with a fifth-minute try but Bath managed to level the scores eight minutes later when Semesa Rokoduguni went past the line. A 25th minute penalty from Rhys Priestland ensured Todd Blackadder's men had a slender three point advantage heading into the second half.

There was some concern for Bath when Anthony Watson left the field for a head injury assessment after a fierce tackle but he returned back to the field at the start of the second half. However, Sam Underhill was withdrawn from the field at half-time with a shoulder injury.

Owen Williams and his counterpart Priestland exchanged penalties at the start of the second half following which Heinz crossed over for the second time in the 52nd minute to help Gloucester claim a 11-15 lead.

However, Bath were unwilling to relent as a third penalty from Priestland in the 64th minute helped them narrow down the gap to one point and Rokoduguni's second try in the 75th minute meant the home side stretched their lead to six points.

Just as it looked like it was all over for the visitors, Slater touched down five minutes into additional time before the conversion from Williams that sealed a one point win for Gloucester, who move to the eighth position in the table.

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