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Summary

  1. FT: Gloucester 16-39 Bath - Matt Garvey scores twice
  2. FT: Northampton 23-19 Leicester - Dylan Hartley sent off for Saints
  3. FT: Saracens 78-7 London Welsh
  4. FT: Harlequins 15-7 Newcastle Falcons

Live Reporting

By Steve Marshall and Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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And that just about brings our Premiership derby day live text commentary to a close. Thanks for joining us, it's been a pleasure.

We'll be back again next Saturday with more live text coverage of Bath's match against Exeter and Harlequins' tussle with Northampton, plus we'll be keeping a close eye on Sale v Leicester and Newcastle v Saracens.

We hope to enjoy your company again then.

Review of the day

Gloucester 16-39 Bath

Sam Burgess
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Bath completed their biggest-ever Premiership win over Gloucester at Kingsholm in the final game of the day, in a match dominated by collapsed scrums.

George Ford kicked Bath into a 15-9 lead at half-time, with Greig Laidlaw scoring the hosts' points from the tee.

The game came to life after the break as a penalty try and Matt Garvey's score pushed the visitors ahead.

And, although Dan Robson responded for the Cherry and Whites, Garvey went over again late on to make sure of his side's victory.

Review of the day

Northampton 23-19 Leicester

Dylan Hartley
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The game of the day was undoubtedly at Franklin's Gardens, where Dylan Hartley was sent off in the first half before

Northampton edged to victory over East Midlands rivals Leicester.

With the game pointless, England hooker Hartley lashed out at Tigers' Matt Smith with just 17 minutes gone.

Leicester registered a penalty try, but after the break Alex Waller and Ben Foden went over for the champions and Niki Goneva scored two of his own.

However, with three minutes left Jamie Elliott touched down to secure a brilliant victory for the Premiership champions.

Review of the day

Saracens 78-7 London Welsh

Richard Wigglesworth
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Richard Wigglesworth scored a second-half hat-trick as

Saracens thrashed bottom side London Welsh.

Sarries secured the quickest bonus point of the Premiership season so far before the break, with two Mako Vunipola tries and others from Brett Sharman, George Kruis and Chris Ashton giving them a 38-7 advantage.

Elliot Kear's converted try was Welsh's only response as the hosts ran riot.

Jackson Wray, Richard Barrington, Ben Ransom and Wigglesworth's treble helped lift Sarries to fourth in the table.

Review of the day

Harlequins 15-7 Newcastle

Tim Swiel
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Tim Swiel was perfect with the boot as

Harlequins overcame a resilient Newcastle Falcons to move up to seventh in the Premiership table.

Falcons led 7-3 at the break with Alesana Tuilagi's try coming after a Swiel penalty gave Quins an early lead.

South African fly-half Swiel slotted four second-half penalties to secure the hard-fought win.

While Falcons piled the pressure on before the interval they struggled to seriously threaten after the break.

Gloucester 16-39 Bath

Caroline Chapman

BBC Sport at Kingsholm

"The Bath fans are going to be travelling home with copious amounts of Christmas cheer, while Gloucester supporters are a bit more bah-humbug.

"They may feel aggrieved to have lost by such a margin, and it perhaps wasn't deserved.

"But Bath never gave up, even with a 16-point cushion. Look out Saints, they're coming for you."

Gloucester 16-39 Bath

Bath flanker Francois Louw told BT Sport about scrum time: "We want a free-flowing game, we want the ball to be alive and we want to give the fans something to cheer about. Unfortunately, it didn't allow for that tonight."

Gloucester 16-39 Bath

Bath flanker Francois Louw told BT Sport: "It's amazing to get a victory over here at Kingsholm. There's a lot of history in this game, but also to get a victory for our Premiership campaign, I'm proud of the boys."

Full time

Gloucester 16-39 Bath

Thirty-nine points and a winning margin of 23 suggests a spectacular West Country derby victory for Bath - but a classic this most certainly was not.

The match was won at the scrum, where time and time again Gloucester were penalised, and England fly-half George Ford was able to kick six penalties in all.

Try - Matt Garvey (con George Ford)

Gloucester 16-39 Bath

Matt Garvey completes Bath's biggest-ever win at Kingsholm! The big man picks up brilliantly and pounces over to score his second of the match, which George Ford converts with ease, and Gloucester's misery is complete.

Gloucester 16-32 Bath

That's a big old push from the Bath pack, superb! They win a penalty and in the blink of an eye they're on the attack...

Gloucester 16-32 Bath

Gloucester concede yet another penalty - but George Ford has had quite enough of scrums and this time heads for the corner. However, Bath's set-piece is far from perfect and the away side knock on.

Gloucester 16-32 Bath

Two resets later and Bath win another penalty. Interestingly, they actually opt for another scrum. Given Sila Puafisi has already been sin-binned once, is the big Tongan walking a tightrope?

Gloucester 16-32 Bath

Caroline Chapman

BBC Sport at Kingsholm

"The home crowd certainly enjoyed that one.

"Bath lead on the scoreboard by some way, and prior to Dan Robson's try, Gloucester had nothing to show for their intent.

"But they've finally gone over and, much to the delight of the Shed, Sam Burgess has just dropped the ball.

"Now, now boys and girls."

Gloucester 16-32 Bath

Well, how about this, a contested scrum which doesn't end in a penalty - remarkably, the very first of the evening! Gloucester knock on in the tackle immediately after though, so here we go again...

Try - Dan Robson (con James Hook)

Gloucester 16-32 Bath

Dan Robson scores for Gloucester
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An instant response from Gloucester, however! Dan Robson picks the ball up at the base of a ruck and darts down the blindside to slide over. They can't come back from this, can they? James Hook converts.

Gloucester 9-32 Bath

Tom Bradshaw

BBC Radio Bristol

"Bath have done a good job. Their defence has been good and as the game has gone on they have exerted a stranglehold on the game and the points are coming now."

Replacement

Gloucester 9-32 Bath

Sam Burgess fans, the big man has arrived. He's on for Semesa Rokoduguni.

Try - Matt Garvey (con George Ford)

Gloucester 9-32 Bath

The referee asks: "is there any reason I cannot award the try?". The answer is no and Bath look well clear here.

It must be said, Matt Kvesic almost pulled off a brilliant piece of work to prevent the try being scored, but the teleivision match official decided to give it and George Ford's conversion is good.

Try review

Gloucester 9-25 Bath

Ollie Devoto has been in the middle of everything since coming on for Bath, and his break allows Matt Garvey to bundle his way over. But we're heading to the television match official...

Gloucester 9-25 Bath

The blue, black and whites use their extra man wisely though and end up clearing the ball up field. Is that Sam Burgess I spy about to come on?

Gloucester 9-25 Bath

Gloucester have the put-in and quickly recycle the ball. It's worked wide now to Charlie Sharples but the wing is snuffled out just short of the line. The home side keep the ball, however, and continue to knock on the Bath door.

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Gloucester 9-25 Bath

Credit to the 14 men of Gloucester, who've responded well since that try. There's a couple of huge hits from the Bath defence, replacement Rob Webber with the second, but it'll all end up with a scrum - which will, this time, be uncontested. Frankly, that can't be a bad thing.

Try - penalty try (con George Ford)

Gloucester 9-25 Bath

Bath score penalty try
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It's probably fitting that, after all those collapsed scrums, it's a collapsed rolling maul that brings about the first try of the evening. Bath were heading to the line at pace and Gloucester's pack can only send it tumbling down. George Ford converts, the visitors now in complete control.

Sin-bin - Sila Puafisi

Gloucester 9-18 Bath

Here's another scrum, replacement Micky Young with the put-in for Bath. The first one collapses so it'll be reset, and again it comes crashing down. This time, however, Sila Puafisi is penalised and the Gloucester prop is sent to the bin. It looks like referee Guy Garner has run out of patience.

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There's 25 minutes left at Kingsholm and at the moment it looks like the West Country derby is going Bath's way.

Can Gloucester mount a comeback? Let us know what you think by using #bbcrugby on Twitter.

Replacement

Gloucester 9-18 Bath

Looks like Kyle Eastmond is going to take no further part. However, it won't be Sam Burgess who replaces him, but Ollie Devoto. Perhaps not all that surprising in a local derby as tight as this one.

Gloucester 9-18 Bath

Caroline Chapman

BBC Sport at Kingsholm

"Safe to say referee Guy Garner isn't going to be receiving any Cherry and White-themed Christmas cards this year.

"Home players and fans alike are getting increasingly frustrated with his decisions at the scrum.

"And as George Ford keeps his cool from the tee, the game is certainly going Bath's way at the moment."

Penalty - George Ford

Gloucester 9-18 Bath

George Ford
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I wonder what the chat is among the Gloucester pack. One thing is for sure, it's going to be a long evening for them if they can't find a way of getting their set-piece right.

George Ford kicks the penalty and Bath are now more than a converted try clear.

Gloucester 9-15 Bath

Matt Banahan is unlucky there, stepping out of the line to put in a fine hit in Gloucester territory but frustratingly knocking on. We all know what that means! It's scrum time - and guess what? A Bath penalty.

Northampton 23-19 Leicester

George Ford, who missed that penalty, used to play for Leicester of course. And, as you can probably imagine, Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill thought his side should have done better after having a one-man advantage for more than 60 minutes.

"I'm frustrated with how we managed that second half. We got what we deserved. You have to control that field position and get that forward pack into the right areas of the field so we can have opportunities to create attacks," said Cockerill.

"We were defensively poor. We were too narrow. It will be interesting on Monday morning when we look back and see a side with one less back creating opportunities.

"Saints outplayed us. They took advantage of our naivety in defence. We seemed to go AWOL at times in defence."

Missed penalty - George Ford

Gloucester 9-15 Bath

George Ford can't land the kick, however, and Bath's lead will stay at three points. That really was a terrific passage of play - more of the same, please!

Gloucester 9-15 Bath

But Bath have turned it over, and here goes Jonathan Joseph breaking forward at pace! He has Semesa Rokoduguni for company, too, but elects not to use the winger and it breaks down. They will have a penalty though...

Northampton 23-19 Leicester

Jim Mallinder
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While we're waiting for that first try at Kingsholm, Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has been giving his reaction to his side's win over Leicester and Dylan Hartley's red card.

"At half-time Tom Wood said 'let's do it for Dylan'," said Mallinder. "It was a tremendous, spirited performance. Not just relying on spirit and guts but also a lot of technical and tactical work.

"In terms of the red card it is disappointing. Dylan has to keep his arms down but he's being held and I don't think there is any malice in it. The nature of the game didn't justify a red card. I think Smith went down pretty easily, which was disappointing.

"I think the referee's initial decision of a yellow card would have been the correct decision.

"I thought Luther Burrell was outstanding. After 20 minutes we said we were still going to take them on and what we needed from Luther was to stay strong and on his feet and he did that brilliantly."

Gloucester 9-15 Bath

Ross Moriarty breaks through the middle to get Gloucester moving in the right direction. They switch the ball from right to left, probing, searching for a gap. This is more like it.

Kick-off

Gloucester 9-15 Bath

George Ford gets us under way. Here's hoping for a freer-flowing 40 minutes of Premiership rugby union...

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Gloucester 9-15 Bath

The teams are on their way out again at Kingsholm. Prediction time, folks. Let us know where you reckon this game is going on Twitter using #bbcrugby.

Here's what you might've missed...

Dylan Hartley
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I mentioned Franklin's Gardens a few moments ago - well, now seems as good a time as any to remind you what happened earlier in the Premiership.

Northampton Saints secured

a dramatic late victory over Leicester Tigers in what was a truly epic East Midlands derby. England hooker Dylan Hartley was sent off for an elbow off the ball before half-time, but the hosts scored three tries after the break to earn a famous win over their old enemy.

Elsewhere,

Saracens ran in 11 tries to trounce London Welsh 78-7, and Tim Swiel kicked
Harlequins to a 15-7 victory over Newcastle Falcons.

Half-time

Gloucester 9-15 Bath

Caroline Chapman

BBC Sport at Kingsholm

Sam Burgess
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"Gloucester might be quite content to go in only six points behind, given Bath's onslaught in the last 10 minutes of the half.

"The hosts staved off the pressure so far, but how long can they hold out against the title contenders?

"Bath, meanwhile, may have to carry on without Kyle Eastmond, who seems to be really struggling with a leg injury.

"If only they had a high-profile centre to replace him from the bench...."