High-scoring encounters have become the norm when these West Country rivals meet. Tune in to see if today's Gallagher Premiership clash will produce more of the same
Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from anywhere
The absence of relegation from the Gallagher Premiership this season has taken some of the edge off this evening’s West Country basement battle at the Rec (7.45pm).
Bath and Gloucester lie tenth and 12th respectively but cannot go down following the decision to scrap relegation due to the pandemic.
Related link: RFU scraps relegation for this season
No one is suggesting the players will go less hard because of it. It simply means the result is of less consequence. Not that anyone in either camp will be calling it that way, and rightly so. Bath-Gloucester is one of the great rugby rivalries and both sides are looking to turn a corner and head north in the table.
Semi-finalists last season, Bath have been desperately disappointing this season, with one criticism being a lopsided division of labour; a recent stat showed that Bath’s backs were making only 36% of the team’s carries – the lowest ratio in the Premiership.
However, last week brought a 27-22 victory at Sale – their first win in 2021 – and hopes of rosier times ahead. They make two tweaks to that starting XV for today’s round ten game.
Josh Bayliss moves to the second row in place of Josh McNally, who picked up a minor leg injury during training. And Taulupe Faletau, who had a terrific game as Wales beat Scotland, returns to club action in the Six Nations fallow week to play at blindside. Tom Ellis and Jonathan Joseph return on the bench.
Gloucester also have a returning hero as Louis Rees-Zammit lines up on the wing less than a week after his two-try Man of the Match display for Wales at Murrayfield. Scotland’s Chris Harris and Italy’s Stephen Varney also return from Test duty, while second-row Ed Slater is back after suspension.
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Argentina wing Santiago Carreras, scorer of two interception tries in last Friday’s agonising 18-17 defeat by leaders Bristol, is missing with a groin injury.
Gloucester are much better than their bottom-placed position suggests, having been on the wrong end of several close results. Nevertheless, the simple fact is they have won just once in the Premiership since September – against Wasps in round two this campaign.
DoR George Skivington said: “Bath haven’t had the start they would have wanted, similar to us. I expect them to be fully charged up, so it should be a good match.
“They’ve got threats all over the park and have a well-organised set-piece. They’ve got a good back-line and Rhys Priestland runs it well, so it’s about how you stop it.” Ex-Wales fly-half Priestland is to join Cardiff Blues next season, it was announced this week.
Recent meetings have produced a flurry of points, with at least 50 accumulated in four of their last five matches. That includes a belter at the Rec last September, when Bath trailed 20-3 after an hour but won 31-20 with a remarkable four-try blitz. Hooker Tom Dunn, who made 34 tackles at Sale last week, scored two tries that day.
Watch highlights of that dramatic Bath-Gloucester match here…
Bath: Tom de Glanville; Semesa Rokodoguni, Max Clark, Josh Matavesi, Will Muir; Rhys Priestland, Ben Spencer (capt); Juan Schoeman, Tom Dunn, Christian Judge, Josh Bayliss, Mike Williams, Taulupe Faletau, Miles Reid, Zach Mercer.
Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Tom Ellis, 20 Ethan Staddon, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jonathan Joseph.
Gloucester: Jason Woodward; Louis Rees-Zammit, Chris Harris, Tom Seabrook, Ollie Thorley; Billy Twelvetrees, Willi Heinz; Val Rapava-Ruskin, Henry Walker, Fraser Balmain, Ed Slater, Alex Craig, Jordy Reid, Lewis Ludlow (capt), Ruan Ackermann.
Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Alex Seville, 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Freddie Clarke, 21 Stephen Varney, 22 George Barton, 23 Henry Trinder.
Wayne Barnes is the referee for this local derby. Here’s how to find a reliable live stream for Bath v Gloucester wherever you are…
How to watch Bath v Gloucester from outside your country
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Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from the UK
Bath v Gloucester, which kicks off at 7.45pm today, will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.
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Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from Europe
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Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from the USA
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Bath v Gloucester will kick off at 2.45pm EST and 11.45am on the West Coast.
Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from Australia
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Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from New Zealand
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If you want to tune in to Bath v Gloucester from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 8.45am on Sky Sport NZ 1.
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Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from South Africa
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