Half backs' improved performance
Gloucester take their chances and the bonus point
Gloucester 30 Saracens 7
THATíS BETTER. Better organised with better handling than previously this season, Gloucester fairly fizzled with
enterprise and intent to secure a bonus point win over Saracens.IMPROVED DISPLAY
It was an improved display from Gloucester after the sa and sorry trip to Irish. Not altogether too convincimg but a
confidence boost marred only by the couple of worrying injuries. Lock Alex Brown limped off with an ankle injury and prop
Paul Johnstone also did not appear for the second half.
The visitors helped Gloucester by somehow managing to miss two almost certain first half tries on the try line. Two of
their players, Kris Chesney and Ryan Peacey, did nothing for their cause by being sin binned after the break.
This week Gloucesterís young apprentices turned in better all-round performances. None better than Jon Goodridge who got
two tries from full back.
For the first time this season, half-backs, this time scrum half Alec Page with Simon Amor at fly half, had a tidy afternoon.
There were few attempts to kick as they ran and passed the ball at almost every opportunity. Most of the time the passes
went to hand - less mistakes this week - but Henry Paul still had plenty to do tidying up as the play ebbed and flowed. Once
again the timing of his passes and general play was first class. How come he is not part of the England set-up?
In contrast to the home side, Saracens were pedestrian at times and seemed sluggish in thought and action compared with
Gloucesterís start was fast and furious but for all their line out supremacy the only score approaching half time was a
solitary Henry Paul penalty. He then set up Alex Brown who burst away down the touchline. His pass to Jake Boer was
perfect and he sent in Jon Goodridge with a pass inside for the first try. H.P added the conversion.
Saracens should have replied immediately but winger Nathan McAvoy somehow managed to spill the ball on the line.
The home side then had another let off as Thomas Castaignede lost possession close to the line and another chance had gone
A somewhat flattering 13-0 half time lead for the home side looked to be in jeopardy as Sarries put together a period of
pressure before the forceful ex New Zealand captain Taine Randell lunged over following a line out catch and drive. Andy
Goode added the conversion from wide out to make the score 13-7.
That was as good as it got for the visitors. Adam Eustace won a line out and Mark Cornwell was driven on by the pack
before H.P. and Robert Todd eventually made enough space for Jon Goodridge to get his second try, converted by Paul.
The force was definitely with the home side Saracens lost Peacey to the sin bin and were made to pay for his absence.
Robert Todd intercepted a loose pass in the Gloucester half. Although he made fifty yards up-field he was never going to
be quick enough to outpace England Sevens star the speedy Richard Haughton. However Simpson-Daniel was. Sinbad
completed the move for an unconverted try.
Kris Chesney became the second Saracen to take a ten minute break, taking a player out in the air at the re-start.
Gloucester made them pay for their indiscretion when a typical James Forrester burst finished the scoring with a try. He
got a cut to his head for his troubles and had to leave the field but Gloucester got the bonus point.
A much better game and the best possible result. Enough to put a smile on the faces of the Kingsholm faithful.
What a difference a week makes.
Gloucester 51Saracens 20