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Gloucester keep up the pressure

05 Oct 2002
Gloucester keep up the pressure

Fly-half Ludovic Mercier underscored the comprehensive victory with a fine kicking display, supplying five conversions and three penalties as the Cherry-and-Whites completely outclassed the visitors.

Mercier opened Gloucester’s account in the third minute with a penalty and had kicked a further two penalties by the end of the first quarter to make it 9-3, Saracens’ points coming from the boot of Andy Goode.

While Goode was able to chip away at Gloucester’s lead with another penalty in the 25th minute, the home side finished off the half in fine style, flanker Jake Boer crashing over for a try just before the break. Mercier added the conversion to make it 16-6 at half-time.

The second period saw Saracens struggling to compete with Gloucester in all departments as the Kingsholm juggernaut, roused on by their vocal home supporters, played some exceptional rugby to take the game.

There were four further tries from the home side, French international hooker Olivier Azam grabbing two and Jake Boer, Terry Fanolua and Mercier also getting touchdowns as Gloucester kept up the pressure in their hunt for the Premiership title.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:Tries: Olivier Azam (2), Jake Boer, Terry Fanolua, Ludovic MercierPens: Ludovic Mercier (3)Cons: Ludovic Mercier (5)

For Saracens:Tries: Ben JohnsonPens: Andy Goode (2), Nicki Little (1)

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