Gloucester claimed another scalp at Kingsholm as they sent league leaders Saracens packing with only a losing bonus point. An utterly dominant performance from the hosts was poorly reflected by their lazy ending to the game but it’ll be Johan Ackermann’s men who’ll be the happier.
Gloucester topple Saracens
Following an early spell of pressure, it was Gloucester who were on top. Twelvetrees opening the scoring with his second penalty attempt, but it was evenly matched in the error-strewn game.
The game’s first try came via a Ben Morgan darting finish at the base of the breakdown, but it had all stemmed from an incredible break led by Danny Cipriani and Ollie Thorley. Gloucester were on top and their dominance was telling.
Following some more ill-discipline both sides added three points to their score.
Gloucester were completely on top, but not home and dry.
Half time; Gloucester 16-3 Saracens
Gloucester started the second half at a ferocious pace. Following several five metre scrums and powerful drives falling short of the line it was Ed Slater who bundled his way over for the Cherry and Whites second try.
Following a stolen lineout Saracens found themselves lucky to come back up with the ball and with some quick carrying from their back-row Mike Rhodes put his name on the scoresheet. Converted by Lozowski.
Gloucester’s grip on the win seemed to be shaking, but thanks to some more forward bullying it was the host who finished the game off courtesy of Ben Morgan who bagged his brace.
It was Saracens who were to have the last laugh. Bagging two late tries to claim a losing bonus point.
Despite the late rally it was enough to see Gloucester topple Saracens.
Full time; Gloucester 30-24 Saracens
Gloucester; Jason Woodward, Tom Marshall, Billy Twelvetrees, Mark Atkinson, Ollie Thorley, Danny Cipriani, Willi Heinz(C), Ben Morgan, Jaco Kriel, Ruan Ackermann, Franco Mostert, Ed Slater, Fraser Balmain, Franco Marais, Josh Hohneck. Replacements; James Hanson, Paddy McAllister, Ciaran Knight, Freddie Clarke, Jake Polledri, Callum Braley, Owen Williams, Matt Banahan.
Saracens; Matt Gallagher, David Strettle, Alex Lozowski, Brad Barritt(C), Alex Lewington, Alex Goode,Richard Wigglesworth, Jackson Wray, Schalk Burger, Mike Rhodes, Nick Isiekwe, Dom Day, Vincent Koch, Christopher Tolofua, Richard Barrington. Replacements; Tom Woolstencroft, Titi Lamositele, Christian Judge, Will Skelton, Calum Clark, Ben Spencer, Max Malins, Nick Tompkins.
Referee; JP Doyle