Sep 10, 2018
Match Report: Gloucester United 12-41 Storm
Saracens Storm bounced back from their opening round home defeat with a resounding 41-12 victory on the road at Gloucester United in the Premiership Rugby Shield.
Hooker Tadgh McElroy set the tone with an early try but Charlie Chapman precision from the tee meant Gloucester took a slender lead into the second period despite Manu Vunipola’s successful penalty.
Elliott Obatoyinbo changed matters with a 42nd-minute score before a penalty try, Dom Morris, Ben Earl and Jon Kpoku put extra gloss on the scoreline.
Storm had to absorb early pressure from the hosts before showing forward muscle in the scrum.
A strong set-piece allowed Vunipola to punt to the 22 and when United failed to contain Sarries, a second line-out led to McElroy flopping over for his third try in two games.
Chapman knocked over two penalties in reply to edge Gloucester ahead and he added two more after three points from Vunipola’s boot to see Trevor Woodman’s men into half-time 12-8 up.
Sarries rallied at the break and Obatoyinbo’s burst into the corner turned the match on its head once again.
Soon after a superb counter-attack almost resulted in Jon Kpoku scoring only for the replacement lock to be held up but from the resultant scrum, excellent work from the Men in Black ended with the referee running underneath the sticks for a well-deserved seven points.
Saracens really seized control 15 minutes from the end. A great shunt at the scrum turned the ball over on the Cherry & Whites’ line and Henry Taylor popped up to Morris who slid in for the bonus-point score; Tom Whiteley converting with a pinpoint touchline conversion.
Then came an Earl try courtesy of McElroy’s terrific line-speed followed by a final effort from Jon Kpoku to round off a brilliant performance from Adam Powell’s side at Kingsholm.