Oct 11, 2014
Saracens return to winning ways
Saracens bounced back from last week’s disappointment away to Bath to beat Gloucester at Allianz Park, scoring three tries in a 28 -21 win.
A runaway try from Chis Wyles, plus scores from Alistair Hargreaves and Chris Ashton was enough to see off the Cherry & Whites who were leading 3-13 during a period of the first half.
In windy conditions Saracens were soon 0-6 behind, with Gloucester scum-half Greig Laidlaw sending over two quick-fire penalties after five minutes.
Saracens responded with a penalty from Charlie Hodgson, but fell further behind when Rob Cook crossed in the left hand corner for the games first try. Laidlaw converted superbly to give the visitors a healthy ten point lead.
Despite this set-back, Saracens responded superbly, and almost instantaneously when Chris Wyles raced away for his first half-try. With possession on the half-way line Billy Twelvetrees looked to chip over the onrushing Saracens defence – the play was certainly on, but the England inside centre took an age to kick the ball and when he eventually pulled the trigger, Wyles charged down the kick and regathered before outpacing the desperate Twelvetrees to finish under the posts. Hodgson converted.
The home side used Wyles’ try as inspiration, and despite playing into a howling gale, Saracens enjoyed the majority of possession.
With the ball, and the territory Saracens were willing to throw the ball around, and it was in this caviller style that Mark McCall’s men would fashion their next score when skipper Alistair Hargreaves finished in the corner on 26 minutes. Hargreaves collected the ball from Ernst Joubert, after Saracens put the ball through the hands in a multiple phase move. Hodgson’s conversion was wayward as the teams went into the break 15-13.
In the second half, Hodgson minutes later sent over to extend Saracens the lead to five points. Both sets of sides began to rotate their players with numerous changes, with the game suffering as a consequence.
Laidlaw added another penalty kick to re-establish the two point gap before Saracens struck.
Influential throughout, Saracens skipper Alistair Hargreaves burst through the Gloucester defensive line and showing great composure, deftly fed Chris Ashton to score under the posts. Hodgson converted to give Saracens a 25 -16 lead.
Hodgson knocked over another penalty to extend his sides lead to 28-16, as Saracens looked to secure the bonus point. The Cherry & Whites though stood firm in the face of the Saracens attack, and pinched a last minute score via Tom Savage. Final Score Saracens 28 Gloucester 21.