Three-try Saracens beat Gloucester

Date published: October 11 2014

Gloucester salvaged a late losing bonus point as Saracens claimed a 28-21 Aviva Premiership victory at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Gloucester salvaged a late losing bonus point as Saracens claimed a 28-21 Aviva Premiership victory at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Saracens bounced back from last week’s defeat to Bath by overcoming the threat of Gloucester on home soil.

The Cherry and Whites opened the match superbly and moved into a 13-3 lead following Rob Cook’s try and eight points from the boot of Greig Laidlaw, but the hosts hit back and were 15-13 up by half-time through Chris Wyles and Alistair Hargreaves touchdowns.

Charlie Hodgson and Laidlaw traded three-pointers at the start of the second period as the game remained tight, but Chris Ashton’s try and another Hodgson penalty secured the win for the home side.

Tom Savage went over late on as the visitors rescued a deserved losing bonus-point.

Despite an intermittent start, last weekend’s victory over Leicester Tigers suggested that the West Country outfit were starting to gel. However, against a renowned Sarries defence, this was yet another test for this burgeoning Gloucester side, but they started impressively.

Their forwards carried well throughout the opening 10 minutes and two Laidlaw penalties deservedly gave them a 6-0 advantage.

Although Hodgson’s three-pointer reduced the deficit, the visitors continued to create holes in the hosts’ rearguard and it was no surprise to see Cook go over following a superb Billy Twelvetrees’ pass.

13-3 down and Mark McCall’s men were under pressure to produce a response but, to their credit, they found a way over the line when Wyles charged down an attempted clearance kick and crossed the whitewash.

All of a sudden, Saracens had the momentum and an excellent move involving forwards and backs alike sent Hargreaves over.

Hodgson failed to convert as the hosts went into the break 15-13 ahead, but the stand-off kicked a penalty after 48 minutes to extend their lead.

Laidlaw responded with an effort from the tee but Ashton’s try, after good work from Hargreaves, kept the Cherry and Whites at arm’s length.

A further three-pointer from Hodgson effectively secured the win, but Savage touched down with the last move to of the match to gain a losing bonus-point for Gloucester.

The scorers:

For Saracens:
Tries: Wyles, Hargreaves, Ashton
Cons: Hodgson 2
Pens: Hodgson 3

For Gloucester:
Tries: Cook, Savage
Con: Laidlaw
Pens: Laidlaw 3
Yellow card: Wood

Saracens: 15 Ben Ransom, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Chris Wyles, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 David Strettle, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9. Richard Wigglewsorth, 8 Billy Vunipola. 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Ernst Joubert, 5 Alistair Hargreaves (c), 4 Jim Hamilton, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Richard Barrington.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 James Johnston, 19 George Kruis, 20 Will Fraser, 21 Neil De Kock 22 Marcelo Bosch, 23 Alex Goode.

Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Henry Purdy, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 James Hook, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Ben Morgan 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Mark Atkinson, 23 Billy Meakes.

Venue: Allianz Park
Referee: Dean Richards
Assistant Referees: Ross Campbell & Kelvin Stewart
TMO: Trevor Fisher