Poor away record goes on after defeat by Bath
CHELTENHAM Tigers were beaten 23-5 in their derby clash with Bath in the Championship South.
Tigers have made a positive start at home, but unfortunately their away form has left a lot to be desired, and this was no different.
Bath used the dominance they had at the scrum and their number 8 scored a converted try from the base of the scrum.
From the restart, Cheltenham again found it difficult to get any sort of possession or territory.
Bath drove forward and the number eight picked and passed to the winger who scored out wide.
Becky Wilson was shown a yellow card for persistent scrum penalties before Cheltenham showed some attacking intent in the last five minutes of the half but did well to only be 12-0 down at half time.
Tigers came out strongly and Bee Mocellin threw an excellent miss pass for wing Maisie Jerrim-wyse to beat the full back and score in the corner.
An error in the Tigers’ own half saw Bath score an easy try and fly half Sarah Holloway made sure the game was out of reach with a drop goal before they added another penalty.
Tigers had earler beaten Henley Hawks 29-14.
They took 15 minutes to break the deadlock, but Lauren Williams broke a tackle to score under the posts, converted by Bee Mocellin.
A penalty saw scrum half Laura Hale take one of her trademark quick taps and she raced to the line for an unconverted score.
Hawks cut the gap to 12-7 at half time but Bryony Narbeth broke from the base of the scrum on their own fivemetre line to go the length of the pitch and gave a pass to Sabene Trant who scored in the corner.
Hale took her tally to two tries, as she sniped her way through to score under the posts, converted by Mocellin, but Henley got a try back with an interception.
The Tigers got a bonus point try after six phases saw pretty much every Cheltenham player touch the ball before captain Jess Elbeck spotted a gap to score, sealing the victory.