Gloucester Rugby player ratings from Bath Rugby thrashing
Gloucester Rugby ran in 11 tries against their West Country derby rivals Bath Rugby to thrash the visitors to Kingsholm 71-10 in the opening game of the 2021/22 Premiership Rugby Cup. The Cherry and Whites fielded a reasonably strong and experienced side to face a youthful Bath outfit in what has generally been seen as a development competition, and the gulf in class, ability and physicality was clear to see from the opening minutes. Ben Morgan scored a hat-trick of tries, while Kyle Moyle, Lewis Ludlow, Ruan Ackermann, Andrew Davidson, Fraser Balmain, Jack Clement (2) and Jake Morris also crossed the whitewash.
Fly-half Lloyd Evans finished with 16 points after landing eight of the 11 conversion kicks attempted. All of Bath’s points came from young fly-half George Worboys who scored a try, conversion and penalty. South West rugby writer John Evely takes a closer look at the individual performances of the Gloucester Rugby players…
Kyle Moyle – 8
The full-back had an exceptional game as he tore Bath apart with his speed and deception while remaining unfazed under the high ball. Moyle scored a brilliant individual try as he dummied after taking the ball at the base of a ruck like a scrum-half and then darted through the gap he opened up to score. Not bad for the club’s third-choice options
Alex Morgan – 7
The winger just did the simple things well as he came off his flank to stay busy and make powerful bursts while also stretching Bath out wide with his pace while playing opposite on of the visitors’ more experience and dangerous players in Gabriel Hamer-Webb.
13. Tom Seabrook – 7
The centre was a key cog in the increasingly complicated but functioning set-piece moves Gloucester’s backline were operating, running drumming lines and having to choose the right option to pass or to run.
12. Billy Twelvetrees – 7
The centre, who is in his testimonial year at the club, threw some beautiful, arching long-range spiral passes to stretch the Bath defence to breaking point while also being a willing runner when someone needed to truck the ball up.
A seasoned display.
11. Jake Morris – 7
The winger finished his try with real class. Morris fixed the defence with a stutter step and then handed off Gabe Goss to cross the whitewash.
Lloyd Evans – 8
The fly-half was brilliant from the kicking tee to keep the scoreboard racking up, landing eight of 11 conversions. Gloucester’s backline looked smooth and subtle in attack as well with the Cherry and Whites clearly launching new deeper pulled back looping attacking moves which were having considerable success. His cross-field kicking game wasn’t quite up to speed on the night as one scoring opportunity passed by as his kick sailed into touch.
Charlie Chapman – 8
The frenetic scrum-half was just the man for the job on Friday as his pace around the park was too much for Bath to handle. He had a box kick charged down by Gabe Hamer-Webb which temporarily had Gloucester in trouble but was a constant threat with his snipping, stepping game. A brilliant kick through for Jake Morris to chase and gather led directly to Andrew Davidson’s try.
Jake Morris of Gloucester Rugby scores a try against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm Stadium
Harry Elrington – 7
A force in the setpiece and the loose, the former London Irish man is quickly establishing himself as a bit of a cult hero at Kingsholm as Gloucester’s pack are the opposite of Bath’s generally, better than the sum of their parts.
2. Santiago Socino – 9
This is the game it felt like the Argentine international hooker truly arrived as a force in the Cherry and White stripes. Socino was everywhere on the pitch on Friday night as he kept popping up as an additional dangerous ball carrier, breaking tackles, running into space and then picking the right passing option at the right time.
Also, vitally, he was very accurate at the lineout to provide Gloucester with the perfect platform to launch their mighty maul. There is now real competition for the number two jersey at the club with Jack Singleton not involved this weekend.
3. Fraser Balmain – 8
The Gloucester scrum was on top throughout the contest and had Bath going backwards in the setpiece while also winning penalties.
Balmain also crashed over the line for a try at the back of a powerful maul.
4. Freddie Clarke – 7
The lock showed some lovely handling skills as Gloucester won the collisions and managed to get their hands free to make offloads.
5. Andrew Davidson – 9
The Scottish lock was absolutely exceptional for the full 80 minutes as he got the try his physical performance deserved, crashing over from close range following a Ben Morgan burst to score despite a double attempted tackle on him.
The second row was the Cherry and White’s primary lineout option, used at the centre of their devastating catch and drive, and caught the eye with some impressive, galloping runs.
6. Ruan Ackermann – 8
The flanker’s try was the easiest thing he did all game as the South African sauntered in with the Bath defence reeling from the slashing attack from Gloucester. The Cherry and Whites broke the Bath defensive line with offloads from Lloyd Evans, Lewis Ludlow and Freddie Clarke who found Andrew Davidson and the big lock raced down-field to make 25 yards before he is brought down by Max Ojomoh.
Billy Twelvetrees spread the ball wide with a miss-pass allowing winger Jake Morris to draw the final defender and pass to Ackermann to walk over for the try. Meaty and physical with his carrying throughout.
7. Lewis Ludlow – 8
The skipper is the heartbeat of this side and leads by example.
Today was not a day to show off his dominant tackling as Bath were barely able to string together a couple of phases in attack, instead he reacted brilliantly to the ball popping out a maul to pick it up and score a try.
8. Ben Morgan – 9
The former England number eight is looking back to his barnstorming best having put a run of games together after around a year on the sidelines with injury. His man of the match display saw him score a hat-trick of tries and each one got better.
The first was from an orchestrated catch and drive line out miove, the second a close-range burst following relentless thrusts from the home side, and the third was magical. The powerful backrower burst through the tackle of his opposite number Nahum Merigan about 30m out, then palmed off full-back Darren Atkins after a swerve to power home. But for a brilliant, fully committed tackle from young George Worboys, the Bath fly-half, Morgan could have had four tries as he was felled just short of the line while on another menacing rampage.
Moments later Davidson finished the job. The very definition of front foot ball.
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16. Henry Walker – 7
17. Val Rapava-Ruskin – 7
Jamal Ford-Robinson – 7
19. Freddie Thomas – 7
20. Jack Clement – 8
Ben Meehan – 6
George Barton – 6
Louis Hillman-Cooper – 6
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