|Gloucester: (24) 64|
|Tries: Harris, Rees-Zammit 2, Carreras, Morgan, Atkinson, Ludlow, Meehan, Ford-Robinson, Alemanno Cons: Hastings 7|
|Bath: (0) 0|
Gloucester kept up their chase on the top four with a 64-0 whitewash of a dismal Bath, their biggest-ever Premiership win.
Louis Rees-Zammit twice, Chris Harris and Santiago Carreras went over as Gloucester built a 24-0 half-time lead.
Ben Morgan, Mark Atkinson, Lewis Ludlow, Ben Meehan, Jamal Ford-Robinson and Matias Alemanno completed the rout as Bath put nothing on the board.
Gloucester move up to fifth and are now one point behind Northampton.
The West Country derby between the two clubs dates back to 1882 but this was to be Gloucester’s biggest winning margin over Bath in all that time.
Bath have endured a torrid season that has seen them rooted to the bottom of the table the entire campaign and came away from Kingsholm having scored zero points for the first time since December 2012 in a Premiership match.
They got off to the worst possible start when Valery Morozov was shown a yellow card for a high tackle on Adam Hastings in the first minute, but Gloucester couldn’t initially capitalise as the television match official ruled out two early tries and another for Bath.
Harris eventually broke the deadlock, as Max Clark took Morozov’s seat in the bin with Bath’s indiscipline continuing.
Rees-Zammit then opened the floodgates for the Cherry and Whites, first zig-zagging past Will Muir over the line and six minutes later chasing down his own kick to touch down.
The traffic continued only one way with Carreras running over unopposed right on half-time, and Morgan picking up where Gloucester left off scoring 52 seconds after the restart.
Bath’s afternoon – and their season – was summed up when Joe Cokanasiga dropped the ball, as they made one of their only breaks into the opposition 22, from which Gloucester proceeded to race down the other end for Atkinson to score under the posts.
Ludlow was next to slice through the Bath defence, before Meehan added Gloucester’s eighth despite them having Tom Seabrook in the bin, after Rees-Zammit broke down the left touchline and passed inside.
Prop Ford-Robinson got in on the action, running over in the left corner with Alemanno adding a 10th at the death to make it a day to remember for Gloucester.
Gloucester head coach George Skivington told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:
“It was good, wasn’t it? Probably the result of the season for the supporters and everybody in the city. We wanted to deliver something impressive today and the boys did that.
“It wasn’t quite complete – that’s probably my coach’s head on it – but it was good. Once we got into the flow of the game I thought we played some of our best attacking stuff and link play; that side of it was great.
“I think the real win tonight was the defence. The defence has been building nicely over the last two seasons but to nil any team in the Premiership is pretty much unheard of.
“To nil your local rival is very, very impressive and I think [defence coach] Dom Waldouck needs a huge amount of credit for that. He works tirelessly, the boys absolutely love him because of the work he puts in, the character and the things he brings to the party in his coaching. He’s done an outstanding job and it’s delivered tonight.”
Bath head coach Neal Hatley told BBC Radio Bristol:
“It’s like a morgue in there, as you’d expect. To come off a defeat like that is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in rugby. It’s the hardest thing most of that group has ever done in rugby.
“We start off the second, third minute and win a good penalty, push it into the corner to come back for a yellow card. I actually think the seven minutes where we had the yellow card it ended up 7-0 right as we were getting back to 15 each and I thought we showed real application, real fight, we stayed in a lot of fights there.
“We had the ball twice where we went through I think three phases and on both of those times made 25, 26 metres and a line bend and then kept giving up possession. As the game continued we just looked like the side that we’ve been.
“We looked low on confidence, that starts with the coaching group so we’ve got to look at what we can do better to help reinstall belief into them.”
Gloucester: Carreras; Rees-Zammit, Harris, Atkinson, Thorley; Hastings, Chapman; Elrington, Singleton, Gotovtsev, Clarke, Alemanno, Ackermann, Ludlow (capt), Morgan.
Replacements: Socino, Ford-Robinson, Balmain, Davidson, Reid, Meehan, Twelvetrees, Seabrook.
Sin-bin: Tom Seabrook (64)
Bath: De Glanville; Cokanasiga, Joseph, Clark, Muir; Cipriani, Spencer; Morozov, Dunn, Fia, Williams, Ewels (capt), Reid, Underhill, Faletau.
Replacements: Du Toit, Cordwell, Rae, Richards, Coetzee, Fox, Bailey, Butt.
Sin bin: Valery Morozov (1), Clark (12)