As the Gallic army closed in from all sides on the grizzly Army of the Rhine, the master stroke of the battle fell down to one man, Centurion Paullus of the 2ND Cohort XXI Rapax. Seeing his fellow legionaries cut down by ex slaves he called upon his tired, bloodied Cohort to charge one more time. The charging Cohort hit like a thunder clap and shattered the lose ranks of the Gladiators and the whole unit broke apart. The 3RD Cohort and the 2ND now turned the tables on the Gladiators and there was little mercy in the slaughter.
For the Gladiators may have been skilled with the sword, but they lacked the unity and training of the Legionaries. Without the iron discipline of the legion the Gladiators turned and ran, cutting down friends and foes alike in order to escape. No Roman oath could hold them and they fled the field in disarray.