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Forwards the key for Redpath

Head coach Bryan Redpath described the performance of his Gloucester forwards as "outstanding" after their efforts laid the foundations for a 23-6 Aviva Premiership win over local rivals Bath at Kingsholm.

Redpath had demanded a huge improvement from his side following last weekend's 42-6 reverse at Harlequins, and he got it as they were forced to soak up wave after wave of Bath attack during the opening half an hour before their scrum dominance and punishing driving line-out took its toll.

Redpath said: "I thought our pack were outstanding. There were some great performances across the board from the pack and that set a platform for the game."

He added: "(Operations manager) John Brain has done a lot of good work with our scrum and that was important for us. We put a big emphasis on that part of the game and it was really important we got that right today, and we knew we could have a go at them there.

"(Forwards coach) Carl (Hogg) also did a lot of work on our driving as we conceded three tries from drives last weekend.

"Today was about that detail that we practised and having the right collective emotion attached to it. Today we played as a team, defended as a team and got our rewards as a team."

Bath boss Sir Ian McGeechan believed that the opening 30 minutes had been critical, with his side's inability to take their chances proving costly.

He said: "For 32 minutes we were pretty good. We kept Gloucester in their own half with no rugby to play and controlled it.

"With a little bit more execution we probably could have been a couple more scores up.

"They defended well so you have to give them credit, but a couple of poor executions and we gave them a lifeline."


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