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GLOUCS 12 SAINTS 13 Saints seal New Year victory at Kingsholm

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Despite being 9-0 down at the half time break, Saints pulled themselves back into the game as they were hosted by Gloucester Rugby in this New Year’s Day fixture to win by one on the road.

Gloucester were the first to get off the mark with Billy Burns sending the first of four penalties over in the ninth minute.

The home side continued to push their guests and a break from Billy Twelvetrees saw Matt Kvesic with open space in front of him just moments later. Saints managed to scramble back, however, and held Gloucester out for another ten minutes.

Saints earned themselves a shot at the posts at the twenty-minute mark after applying the pressure to their hosts but Stephen Myler sent his first kick of his 300th appearance wide.

Just after Burns was signalling to the posts again as Gloucester got themselves in an attacking position once again, the fly- half sending his kick through the uprights and then sent the ball through the uprights again just before the break to see his side nine points to the good.

Gloucester returned from the break with a renewed intensity but it was Saints that sealed the opening score of the half as Myler sent a penalty over.

The home side thought they were over the line on the 53rd minute but a trip to the TMO denied them the score.

Saints began the stretch their hosts’ defence and earned Myler another go at the posts to close the gap to just three points.

Burns returned Myler’s efforts to see the game move to 12-6, but Saints’ attack was back in progress and the territory soon swung in the away side’s favour.

Saints got themselves within Gloucester’s 22 and with an overlap in the form of George Northout wide. As the men in black, green and gold tried to exploit it, however, Gloucester’s wing Halaifonua was deemed to have deliberately knocked the ball on and was yellow carded by the referee Matthew Carley and Saints were awarded a penalty try.

Myler lined up with barely two minutes left on the clock and sent the conversion through to give Saints a one point lead.

Despite the home side’s best efforts they could not penetrate their guests’ defence as the game drew to a close and after one final surge from Louis Picamoles, the ball was sent into touch to give Saints the win.

TIMELINE
9mins GLOUCS Pen Burns 3-0
21mins SAINTS Miss Pen Myler 3-0
31mins GLOUCS Pen Burns 6-0
35mins GLOUCS Pen Burns 9-0
HALF TIME Gloucester 9 Saints 0
47mins SAINTS Pen Myler 9-3
54mins GLOUCS Miss Pen Burns 9-3
58mins SAINTS Pen Myler 9-6
62mins GLOUCS Pen Burns 12-6
78mins SAINTS Pen Try Con myler 12-13
FULL TIME Glocuester 12 Saints 13

 

TEAMS

GLOUCESTER Hook; Halaifonua, Symons, Twelvetrees, May, Burns, Heinz; Hohneck, Hibbard, Ma’afu, Savage, Thrush, Ludlow, Kvesic, Morgan

Subs – Matu’u, McAllister, Afoa, Galarza, Moriarty, Laidlaw, Protheroe, Scott

SAINTS Foden; Pisi, Burrell, Hanrahan, North, Myler, Groom; A Waller, Haywood, Brookes, Lawes, Day, Wood, Harrison, Picamoles

Subs – Clare, E Waller, Hill, Ratuniyarawa, Gibson, Kessell, Mallinder, Estelles

Match

Gloucester Rugby vs Northampton Saints

Player Stats

Gloucester Rugby
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
TCDP
1Alex Waller
2Mike Haywood
3Kieran Brookes
4Courtney Lawes
5Christian Day
6Tom Wood
7Teimana Harrison
8Louis Picamoles
9Nic Groom
10Stephen Myler1C2P
11George North
12JJ Hanrahan
13Luther Burrell
14Ken Pisi
15Ben Foden
16Charlie Clare
17Ethan Waller
18Paul Hill
19Api Ratuniyarawa
20Jamie Gibson
21Tom Kessell
22Harry Mallinder
23Juan Pablo Estelles

Match Details

FT ScoreFull Time Score

Gloucester 12-13 Saints

Attendance

16,115

Referee

Not available

Gloucester Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
12

Summary

Full Time

Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
13

Starting LineupNorthampton Saints

15

Ben Foden

12

JJ Hanrahan

11

George North

10

Stephen Myler

9

Nic Groom

3

Kieran Brookes

5

Christian Day

8

Louis Picamoles

SubsNorthampton Saints

16

Charlie Clare

17

Ethan Waller

23

Juan Pablo Estelles

Opposition LineupGloucester Rugby

15
James Hook
14
Tevita Halaifonua
13
Andy Symons
12
Billy Twelvetrees
11
Jonny May
10
Billy Burns
9
Willie Heinz
1
Josh Hohneck
2
Richard Hibbard
3
Salesi Ma'afu
4
Tom Savage
5
Jeremy Thrush
6
Lewis Ludlow
7
Matt Kvesic
8
Ben Morgan

SubsGloucester Rugby

16
Motu Matu'u
17
Paddy McAllister
18
John Afoa
19
Mariano Galarza
20
Ross Moriarty
21
Greig Laidlaw
22
Matt Protheroe
23
Matt Scott
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7
Northampton Saints
Northampton SaintsNOR2210012476490-1452505752
9
Gloucester Rugby
Gloucester RugbyGLO227213533537-461646846
Form Guide

Form

LWWLW

Last match

Beat Worcester 32-24

Past meeting

Won 22-19
Full Time
Gloucester Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
12
Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints
13