Planet Rugby

Saracens dominate 14-man Gloucester

15th September 2013 16:00

Share:

Nick Wood Gloucester is shown red card first minute by referee Wayne Barnes v Saracens

Game changer: Nick Wood is shown a red card in the 1st minute

Saracens went top of the Premiership standings thanks to a bonus-point 44-12 win over Gloucester at Allianz Park on Sunday.

The result became somewhat of a foregone conclusion after just 73 seconds, when Gloucester prop Nick Wood was shown a red card for stamping on the face of Sarries flank Jacques Burger.

The visitors put up a brave fight nevertheless and made the Saracens work very hard for their four-try bonus point.

In fact, the Cherry and Whites went into the interval 12-10 ahead thanks to four Freddie Burns' penalties. But the home side's numerical advantage eventually told as Sarries finished with five unanswered tries.

A mistake-ridden Sarries were poor in the first period with Joel Tomkins' try and Owen Farrell's three-pointer all they had to show for their efforts.

But with the away team tiring, the hosts pulled away after the break as further touchdowns from David Strettle (twice), Schalk Brits and Billy Vunipola, aided by the boot of Farrell, secured a comfortable win.

Nigel Davies' men showed plenty of solidarity to respond well to their initial setback as Burns' boot took them into the lead. Although Tomkins gained the advantage for Saracens with a fine try, the Gloucester fly-half reduced the arrears to one point after 28 minutes.

The respective fly-halves then traded three-pointers before Burns impressively restored their advantage just before the interval.

But the visitors couldn't maintain the intensity in the second half and a Farrell effort off the tee immediately put Sarries back ahead.

An excellent backs' move ended in Strettle touching down in the left corner before the Sarries pivot added another three-pointer.

Sione Kalamafoni was then sin-binned and it was no surprise to see a powerful driving maul resulting in Brits going over as the lead was extended further.

Mark McCall's side pressed for the bonus-point and it eventually came through the gargantuan Vunipola.

The last word also went to Saracens as Strettle hacked through and re-gathered to make it 10 points out of a possible 10.

The scorers:

For Saracens:
Tries: Tomkins, Strettle 2, Brits, B. Vunipola
Cons: Farrell 4, Spencer
Pens: Farrell 3

For Gloucester:
Pens: Burns 4
Yellow card: Kalamafoni (56 mins - pulling maul down)
Red card: Nick Wood (1 min - stamping)

Saracens: 15 Chris Wyles, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 David Strettle; 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Jacques Burger, 6 Billy Vunipola, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steve Borthwick (c), 3 Matt Stevens, 2 Jamie George, 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 James Johnston, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Nils Mordt, 23 Ben Ransom.

Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Henry Trinder, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 James Simpson-Daniel, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Akapusi Qera, 6 Matt Kvesic, 5 Lua Lokotui, 4 Tom Savage (capt), 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 1 Nick Wood.
Replacements: 16 Koree Britton, 17 Dan Murphy, 18 Yann Thomas, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Mike Tindall, 23 Martyn Thomas.

Venue: Allianz Park
Referee: Wayne Barnes

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 24
Munster vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 25
Ulster vs Toulon13:00
Scarlets vs Leicester19:45
Bath vs Toulouse15:15
Montpellier vs Glasgow17:15
Northampton vs Ospreys17:15
Sunday , October 26
Clermont Auvergne vs Sale Sharks15:15
Castres vs Leinster13:00
Wasps vs Harlequins17:15
Benetton Treviso vs Racing Metro 9217:15
More European Rugby Champions Cup fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-BeglesLondon Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles Preview
Friday , October 24
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Brive vs Zebre18:30
Grenoble vs London Irish18:30
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle19:30
Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby19:45
Saturday , October 25
Bucuresti vs Stade Francais14:00
Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues14:00
Exeter vs Connacht15:00
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Currie Cup
Saturday , October 25
Western Province vs Lions17:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Saturday , October 25
Taranaki vs Tasman19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sunday , October 19
Ospreys 42 - 7 Benetton TrevisoOspreys vs Benetton Treviso Report
Toulouse 30 - 23 MontpellierToulouse vs Montpellier Report
Toulon 28 - 18 ScarletsToulon vs Scarlets Report
Leinster 25 - 20 WaspsLeinster vs Wasps Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Sale Sharks 26 - 27 MunsterSale Sharks vs Munster Report
Saracens 30 - 23 Clermont AuvergneSaracens vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro 92 20 - 11 NorthamptonRacing Metro 92 vs Northampton Report
Glasgow 37 - 10 BathGlasgow vs Bath Report
Leicester 25 - 18 UlsterLeicester vs Ulster Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Currie Cup
Lions 50 - 20 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Western Province 31 - 23 Blue BullsWestern Province vs Blue Bulls Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Taranaki 49 - 30 AucklandTaranaki vs Auckland Report
Manawatu 23 - 18 Southland
Tasman 26 - 6 CanterburyTasman vs Canterbury Report
More ITM Cup results
European Rugby Champions Cup
Friday , October 17
Harlequins 25 - 9 CastresHarlequins vs Castres Report
More European Rugby Champions Cup results
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
Newcastle 43 - 19 Bucuresti
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton625
2Saracens622
3Exeter620
4Bath620
5Wasps615