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Summary

  1. Full-time: Bath 44-20 Gloucester
  2. Three tries for rampant Bath's Faletau
  3. Bath win keeps their top-four bid alive
  4. Gloucester's top-six chances ended

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By James Law

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That's all for now

FT: Bath 44-20 Gloucester

Billy Burns
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A West Country derby with nine tries is not to be sniffed at.

Bath have sealed a Champions Cup spot for next season but have kept their hopes of snatching the final play-off spot alive.

They need a bonus-point win at Sale on the final day, and hope Leicester come away empty-handed from Worcester to take fourth place.

We'll bring you updates on that and much more next weekend.

Race for the top flight

Championship play-offs

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Castle Park

It's all over at Castle Park, where promotion favourites London Irish have taken a massive step towards the final with a dominant first leg win at Doncaster.

Irish scored six tries in all, with Aseli Tikoirotuma getting two of them.

FT: Doncaster 3-35 London Irish

The last stand

It's first against third. It's sixth against seventh. The last round of fixtures are set up to be memorable.

  • Bristol v Newcastle
  • Gloucester v Exeter
  • Northampton v Harlequins
  • Sale v Bath
  • Wasps v Saracens
  • Worcester v Leicester

'We were a bit flat'

FT: Bath 44-20 Gloucester

We're disappointed with our performance here today. Emotionally we put so much into last week, maybe we were a bit flat. Defensively we were a little bit soft and credit to Bath, they took their opportunities.

Greig LaidlawGlocuester captain

'We still need a favour'

FT: Bath 44-20 Gloucester

We've been wanting to put in a performance in defence and attack, and we've done that today. Obviously we still need a favour from Worcester (to finish fourth) but all we've got to do is play our game and get enough points to be there if Leicester do slip up.

Taulupe FaletauBath's hat-trick hero

FT: Bath 44-20 Gloucester

It's hard to believe that absolutely nothing happened in the first 20 minutes, yet we end with 64 points in all.

Taulupe Faletau takes the headlines with his hat-trick, but several Bath players were on their game.

Bath can still finish fourth if they win their last game and Leicester slip up, while Gloucester's hopes of a Champions Cup spot are over.

Full-time

Bath 44-20 Gloucester

George Ford
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Bath 44-20 Gloucester

There are some very tired legs out there.

David Halaifonua is sent through from the edge of the 22 and does the business.

Greig Laidlaw converts, but it's just a consolation.

Try (Halaifonua)

Bath 44-18 Gloucester

'Faletau's been majestic'

Bath 44-13 Gloucester

Max Lahiff

Bath prop on BBC Radio Bristol

He has been really quite majestic. Simply put, he is so, so good at rugby.

He's been dominating in defence and attack. The complete player.

Bath 44-13 Gloucester

Everything looks under control in a ruck, but as the ball comes out Taulupe Faletau strolls over to complete his hat-trick.

Magnificent work from the Wales and Lions man.

Even the Gloucester Twitter account has used the word "miserable".

No conversion this time for Bath.

Try (Faletau hat-trick)

Bath 44-13 Gloucester

Bath 39-13 Gloucester

Charlie Sharples breaks clear for the visitors and feeds Jonny May, who now also has two tries.

It's clever link-up play from two of Gloucester's experienced players.

The conversion is missed.

Try (May)

Bath 39-13 Gloucester

The game's exploded again...

Kane Palma-Newport shines

Bath 39-8 Gloucester

Max Lahiff

Bath prop on BBC Radio Bristol

The Kane train stops for no man today. He's been awesome since he came on.

Aled Brew has been dominant as well. Bath are rampant today.

Bath 39-8 Gloucester

It's a second try of the afternoon for Bath number eight Taulupe Faletau, who will be part of the Lions squad this summer.

Kane Palma-Newport made the try happen, and don't get me wrong it's more impressive play from the home side, but Gloucester have crumbled.

Rhys Preisland is slightly off-target with the conversion but the home faithful probably don't care.

Try (Faletau)

Bath 39-8 Gloucester

The Cherry and Whites are in disarray...

Bath 34-8 Gloucester

Are we witnessing a man-of-the-match display from Bath's Kahn Fotuali'i?

The Samoan has just played an exquisite no-look pass for his second assist of the half, allowing Robbie Fruean to run through and touch down unattended.

Most importantly it's a crucial bonus-point try for the hosts, and Rhys Preistland converts.

The scoreline is looking worse for Gloucester by the minute...

Try (Fruean)

Bath 32-8 Gloucester

Bath 27-8 Gloucester

Motu Matu'u has belatedly been led off the field to get his head injury looked at - Richard Hibbard comes back on in his place.

The Cherry and Whites are having more of this match now, but Bath are comfortable enough and have that big buffer in their favour.

Bath 27-8 Gloucester

Tom Homer
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Finally it's Gloucester's turn to come forward, and a scrum penalty gets them to within yards of the try-line.

But Bath defend admirably and eventually get the turnover.

Meanwhile, a clash of heads has left Motu Matu'u on the floor and he's surprisingly been allowed to continue without having the injury assessed off the field...

Bath 27-8 Gloucester

Max Lahiff

Bath prop on BBC Radio Bristol

It has definitely ramped up in the second half, with some really good rugby to watch.

Bath 27-8 Gloucester

As things stand, Champions Cup qualification chances seem bleak for Gloucester - though there's a crumb of comfort in the fact that top-six rivals Northampton and Harlequins play each other next weekend.

Bath are doing enough to keep their hopes of fourth place alive, but they could really do with the bonus point if they're to give themselves a realistic chance of making the play-offs.

Both sides are starting to use their bench - Anthony Watson is off for the hosts.

Penalty (Preistland)

Bath 27-8 Gloucester

Max Clark is on the rampage again for Bath but play is brought back for a penalty.

The kick falls to Rhys Preistland, who makes it comfortably.

Bath are taking themselves out of sight here...

Bath 24-8 Gloucester

Max Clark
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Max Clark, you have just timed your run to absolute perfection.

I can't ignore the offload from Ben Tapuai either, which was right on the money, but Clark made a burst which Glocuester simply could not live with.

The centre moved at incredible speed to get the third try for the hosts, and Rhys Preistland successfully converts.

Try (Clark)

Bath 22-8 Gloucester

Unstoppable stuff from Bath and Max Clark...

Bath 17-8 Gloucester

This doesn't look great for Gloucester's Henry Trinder.

He's struggled with injuries recently and seems to have a knee problem.

"I think we have a serious injury," says referee Matthew Carly, but Trinder is back on his feet and continues for now.

Incisive Clark; Dominant Brew

Bath 17-8 Gloucester

Max Lahiff

Bath prop on BBC Radio Bristol

Max Clark with some incisive running helped break down the defence and Aled Brew was physically dominant in the corner.

Bath 17-8 Gloucester

Aled Brew
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The hosts start strongly, winning a penalty which Rhys Preistland kicks deep into Gloucester territory.

From the lineout Ben Tapuai plays a loopy pass to Aled Brew, who gets the ball down over the line in the corner despite the best efforts of Willi Heinz.

It's another Welshman with a try for Bath, and Rhys Priestland adds the extras.

Try (Brew)

Bath 15-8 Gloucester

Second half

Bath 10-8 Gloucester

The boot of Glocuester's Billy Burns gets this second half under way.

Bath have the likes of George Ford to call upon off the bench - how crucial might that turn out to be?

HT: Bath 10-8 Gloucester

Fans
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They're about to come back out for the second half at the Rec.

Where do we see this second half going? If it's anything like the latter part of the first half, we could be in for a bit of a treat.

Remember, Bath must win to keep their play-off hopes alive while Gloucester could really do with victory if they're serious about snatching the final Champions Cup place.

Elsewhere, hoping to join the top flight

Championship play-offs

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Castle Park

It is half-time at Castle Park in the second Championship play-off semi-final first leg.

Doncaster kick a penalty just before the break but London Irish still lead with two earlier, unconverted tries from David Paice and Aseli Tokoirotuma.

HT: Doncaster 3-10 London Irish

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HT: Bath 10-8 Gloucester

Max Lahiff

Bath prop on BBC Radio Bristol

Tom Homer has looked really, really good for Bath. But both teams need to sort things out.

Half-time

Bath 10-8 Gloucester

Tom Homer
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This West Country derby took a while to get going, but now things are set up nicely for another 40 minutes.

Remember both teams really need to win if they want anything to play for in their final regular-season game.

Tom Homer has been immense for Bath, who have their noses in front.

Missed penalty

Bath 10-8 Gloucester

Francois Louw takes the plaudits from his Bath tea-mates as he wins his side a penalty.

But from 40m Rhys Preistland's kick drifts well wide.

All of a sudden we have a game on our hands - is there any way we can push half time back a little?

Bath 10-8 Gloucester

Gloucester look to strike back immediately with a try of their own.

They win a penalty and Billy Burns kicks to the corner.

Bath initially put all the necessary tackles in, but they do nothing to defend against a sumptuous lofted kick from Henry Trinder, which finds Jonny May onside to put the ball down.

Burns is wide with the conversion.

Try (May)

Bath 10-8 Gloucester

'Freaky Faletau'

Bath 10-3 Gloucester

Max Lahiff

Bath prop on BBC Radio Bristol

The consummate athlete that is Taulupe Faletau got himself there first. He is a freak of nature. He made that look a lot easier than it is.