Withstanding a week of off the field issues which will probably cost them a lot of money and a lot of Premiership league points, spirited Saracens showed their mental toughness to efficiently back it up on the pitch with a deserved win to overcome a disappointingly poor Gloucester side who were very much second-best.
For a team touted in some areas of the media as potential Premiership top four contenders, Gloucester have been very much off the pace so far this season and this game was no exception as they rarely looked like scoring and never looked like beating a Saracens' side still without their Rugby World Cup contingent.
The hosts had the better of the opening quarter but for all their territory and pressure
Gloucester had no points on the board whereas in marked contrast the visitors made them pay as a Manu Vunipola penalty opened the scoring before Nick Tomkins extended the Saracens lead from close range with a converted try for a ten point margin.
Gloucester looked uninspired, lifeless
and inept with a second rate kicking game which compared poorly with that of Saracens who made the home side pay for ether sloppy errors, inaccuracy and ill discipline with two further penalties with only a great try from winger Tom Marshall who kicked ahead and showed sublime footballing skills to seize the bouncing ball and score in the corner.
Sadly for Gloucester it was the visitors who got the next score when a clinical catch and drive saw wing forward Ben Earl claim a well worked score.
The Gloucester bench was emptied but it made little real difference as they still fell foul of the referee and were subjected to more unforced errors and although Saracens had a try disallowed the game dragged on marred by a serious leg injury to prop Adams-Hale.
The Cherry and Whites did rouse themselves for the final quarter with Lewis Ludlow going over after a series of penalties but it was very much too little too late.
Saracens had the last laugh and won without too much trouble despite the almost continuous vociferous chorus directed at them, whereas depressing Gloucester seem to be getting worse week by week and despite basically having the same players as last season, are but a shadow of last season's team. Perhaps it is the prolonged spell of wet weather but at the moment there is precious little to smile about at Kingsholm.
A cursory glance at the current Premiership table shows only one side has scored less points than Gloucester - Leicester.
That just about sums it up!
15.Jason Woodward; 14. Tom Marshall, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Ollie Thorley; 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Callum Braley;
1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Freddie Clarke, 5. Gerbrandt Grobler; 6. Jaco Kriel, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ben Morgan (capt)
16. Corné Fourie, 17. Val Rapava Ruskin, 18. Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19. Ruan Ackermann, 20. Jake Polledri,
21. Joe Simpson, 22. Billy Twelvetrees, 23. Matt Banahan
Unavailable for selection:
Ruan Dreyer, James Hanson, Willi Heinz, Ciaran Knight, Franco Mostert, Ed Slater, Henry Trinder, Owen Williams
Tries: Marshall, Ludlow
Half-time: 5 -16
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
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