Apr 20, 2013
Saracens suffer Kingsholm defeat
Saracens went down to a 28-23 defeat against Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday.
Two tries from centre Joel Tomkins was not enough to give Saracens the victory in this round 21 clash although the bonus point maintains the four point lead at the top of the Premiership table.
Saracens trailed 18-13 at the interval after a scrappy first half. The home side had raced into an 8-0 lead in as many minutes thanks to an early Freddie Burns penalty and a try for Jonny May as he finished off a cross-field move.
The visitors got back into the game with an Owen Farrell penalty midway through the half before Joel Tomkins crossed for a try. The centre picked up a loose ball on the 22 and his show and go sent the home defence the wrong way and he raced in to score. Farrell converted.
Farrell added another penalty to extend the lead but it was the home side who finished the half on a high. Burns kicked three points before May crossed for his second of the game, touching down a kick ahead that beat the onrushing defence. Burns conversion gave Gloucester a five point lead at half time.
Farrell chipped away at that lead on the hour with another penalty as the visitors turned the screw at a scrum inside the Gloucester 22.
But straight from the restart, the home side won possession and Ben Morgan picked a clever line through the defence and power his way over. Burns converted.
However, with scrum half Dan Robson in the sin bin, Saracens hit back with a move across the pitch that ended with replacement Mako Vunipola taking the ball into contact and offloading for Tomkins to score his second on the game.
Farrell converted to make it a two point game going into the final 10 minutes.
But despite several breaks near the Gloucester line, Sarries were unable to make it count and a Burnes penalty with the final kick of the game sealed the victory for the home side.