Sep 23, 2018
Match Report: Saracens 38-15 Gloucester
At an unexpectedly sunny Allianz Park, Saracens extended their winning run in the Gallagher Premiership with a 38-15 win over Gloucester as Jamie George earned 200th Sarries cap and Richard Wigglesworth broke the Premiership appearance record.
David Strettle's first-half try and a brace from Maro Itoje gave the home side an early advantage, before second half efforts from Sean Maitland and Alex Lozowski sealed the win.
The performance from the home side was nothing short of clinical. Throughout the game the Men in Black put continued pressure on the visitors, snuffing out Gloucester chances and capitalising on each attacking opportunity. It was a complete performance in many respects, showcasing many of the north London side’s trademark skills to ensure victory, with only two late tries from Gloucester taking any of the gloss away from the win.
Saracens' dominance started early in the game when wingers Maitland and Strettle combined to create space along the wing; the former drawing his opposite man before offloading to the latter on his right who broke free to score, adding seven points to Farrell’s third-minute penalty.
Gloucester chances in contrast were few and far between as a clinical Wolfpack defence kept the Cherry and Whites contained. Perhaps the visitors’ best opportunity came just after the 20-minute mark when Charlie Sharples edged through, but an impressive tackle from Liam Williams bundled the winger in to touch.
Throughout the half Sarries chipped away at their opponents, putting pressure on their line with a series of effective carries until eventually the visitors’ resistance cracked. It was Maro Itoje who added the second score of the afternoon, finishing off a move that started with a ‘wow factor’ kick from the boot of Farrell.
In a half built on the power of the forwards, it seemed only fitting that the final try of the half should come via the efforts of a driving maul; Itoje adding his second of the afternoon just before the break. Farrell’s conversion hit the mark to take the home side in with a 24-3 lead.
The pressure from Saracens didn’t let up after the break as they continued to control the pace of the game to their advantage. As Saracens continued to grind down the Gloucester defence Maitland secured the bonus point after being set up beautifully by Alex Goode.
Lozowski added the fifth for the home side as the game drew to a close, although it was Gloucester who had the final word in the fixture. The visitors bagged two late tries, first via Mark Atkinson and finally thanks to Sharples to add to their first-half penalty. While the late scorers will surely have frustrated Saracens they were not enough prevent them from claiming their fourth straight bonus-point win in the Premiership; a win which takes the north Londoners top of the table.