Planet Rugby

Saints march past Gloucester

01st March 2014 17:14

Share:

Tom Stephenson in action for Northampton Saints

Scored: Tom Stephenson

Northampton extended their lead at the Premiership summit to seven points after beating Gloucester 39-13 at Franklin's Gardens on Saturday.

In a scrappy opening period, the Saints went into the interval 13-10 ahead through Ken Pisi's try and eight points from the boot of Stephen Myler.

Henry Trinder's touchdown and a Freddie Burns penalty was the Cherry and Whites' response in the first half before Burns levelled matters after the break.

However, Northampton only increased the pressure and Calum Clark, Tom Stephenson, Alex Waller and Will Hooley all went over to seal the win.

These sides have endured contrasting fortunes this season. While Northampton continue to advance towards a potential home semi-final place, the visitors currently reside in the lower reaches of the Premiership.

It was therefore no surprise to see the Midlands' outfit open the scoring when Pisi pounced on a loose ball to touch down.

Minutes later, Stephenson broke through the heart of the Cherry and Whites' rearguard and it looked as though they were going to extend their lead. Instead, the ball was intercepted by Trinder as the Saints' attempted to move the ball wide and the centre scampered over unopposed.

That try appeared to set the hosts back as the game became scrappy. Myler and Burns did trade penalties midway through the half, but both teams struggled to put phases together.

However, Northampton did end the opening period on the front foot and a second penalty by their fly-half took them 13-10 ahead going into the break.

Burns levelled the scores after 48 minutes, but Northampton had too much power for the Cherry and Whites in the second period.

Clark went over to regain the Saints' advantage before Stephenson's impressive solo effort gave them some breathing space.

They now went in search of the bonus-point try and it eventually came through Waller. Hooley then piled further misery onto Gloucester as the hosts moved back to the summit of the Premiership.

The scorers:

For Northampton:
Tries: KS Pisi, Clark, Stephenson, AM Waller, Hooley
Con: Myler 4
Pen: Myler 2

For Gloucester:
Try: Trinder
Con: Burns
Pen: Burns 2

Northampton: 15 James Wilson, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 George Pisi, 12 Tom Stephenson, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 GJ Van Velze, 7 Phil Dowson (c), 6 Calum Clark, 5 Christian Day, 4 Sam Dickinson, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Mike Haywood, 1 Ethan Waller.
Replacements: 16 Ross Mcmillan, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Tom Mercey, 19 Samu Manoa, 20 Ben Nutley, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 Will Hooley, 23 Ben Foden.

Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Mike Tindall (capt), 11 Martyn Thomas, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Gareth Evans 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 James Hudson, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Huia Edmonds, 1 Yann Thomas.
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Will James, 20 Matt Cox, 21 Jimmy Cowan, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Shane Monahan.

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth
Assistant referees: Nigel Carrick, Simon Mcconnell
Television match official: Rowan Kitt
Timekeeper: Tony Turner

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
Exeter vs WaspsExeter vs Wasps Preview
London Irish vs BathLondon Irish vs Bath Preview
Sunday , November 23
Saracens vs NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Preview
London Welsh vs Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Preview
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 22
Italy vs South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Preview
Scotland vs TongaScotland vs Tonga Preview
Romania vs CanadaRomania vs Canada Preview
Ireland vs AustraliaIreland vs Australia Preview
Wales vs New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Preview
England vs SamoaEngland vs Samoa Preview
France vs ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Preview
Sunday , November 23
Georgia vs JapanGeorgia vs Japan Preview
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Sunday , November 23
Treviso vs LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Preview
Edinburgh vs Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Preview
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle FalconsBath vs Newcastle Falcons Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Romania 13 - 18 JapanRomania vs Japan Report
England 28 - 31 South AfricaEngland vs South Africa Report
France 29 - 26 AustraliaFrance vs Australia Report
Scotland 16 - 24 New ZealandScotland vs New Zealand Report
Tonga 40 - 12 USATonga vs USA Report
Wales 17 - 13 FijiWales vs Fiji Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 14
Gloucester 15 - 22 HarlequinsGloucester vs Harlequins Report
Northampton 18 - 24 ExeterNorthampton vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 18 - 20 ArgentinaItaly vs Argentina Report
Canada 13 - 23 SamoaCanada vs Samoa Report
More International Match results
LV= Cup
Cardiff Blues 19 - 13 Scarlets
Ospreys 35 - 51 DragonsOspreys vs Dragons Report
Sunday , November 9
Wasps 43 - 22 London Irish
More LV= Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton726
2Exeter724
3Bath724
4Saracens724
5Wasps720