Redpath hails Robinson as Gloucester claim derby win

GLOUCESTER chief Bryan Redpath hailed debutant Nicky Robinson after he put Bath to the sword in the west country derby at Kingsholm.<br /><br />Wales fly-half Robinson contributed 14 points in a convincing 24-5 victory as Redpath&rsquo;s men made an impressive start to their Guinness Premiership campaign.<br /><br />&ldquo;Nicky has got a reputation for being a calm and tactically aware player,&rdquo; said Redpath of his new addition.&ldquo;I thought he controlled the game well, he was outstanding.&rdquo;<br /><br />The former Cardiff Blues playmaker capped a fine individual display with a late interception try after James Simpson-Daniel had earlier put Gloucester in charge with two tries.<br /><br />The Bath response was poor, although former Bradford Bulls rugby league centre Shontayne Hape claimed a consolation try.<br /><br />Meanwhile, <strong>Worceste</strong>r coach Mike Ruddock has backed his players despite seeing them blow a 17-0 lead at <strong>Northampton</strong>, eventually going down 20-17.<br /><br />Tries from Kai Horstmann and Miles Benjamin gave Worcester the advantage before the Saints pulled it back to 17-7 at the break thanks to Phil Dowson&rsquo;s try. Two penalties from man-of-the-match debutant Shane Geraghty brought the Saints in touching distance before Paul Diggin touched down for the winner with two minutes left.<br /><br />Ruddock said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very proud of my players. A lot of people are writing us off as no-hopers but we certainly showed a lot of hope today. We deserved at least a draw today and the players are very down.&rdquo;<br /><br />In the other game, <strong>Leeds Carnegie</strong> played out a disappointing 9-9 draw with <strong>Newcastle</strong> on their return to the top-flight.<br /><br />Kiwi debutant Jimmy Gopporth missed four penalties for the Falcons, although he and Leeds&rsquo; Ceiron Thomas landed three each.