Bath coach Toby Booth revealed he approached his side's 31-25 win over west country rivals Gloucester like a cup final.
Former England captain Mike Tindall, making his 150th appearance for Gloucester since leaving Bath, roused his 14 men into thrilling fightback from 31-18 down after Darren Dawidiuk was sent off for a tip tackle, but they could not find for the converted try that would snatch victory.
Bath were awarded a penalty try in the first half and followed up with further touchdowns from Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond. Fly-half Tom Heathcote kicked four penalties and two conversions.
Henry Trinder and Jonny May (2) scored the Gloucester tries with Freddie Burns converting one and Rob Cook adding two penalties and two conversions.
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