Gloucester Rugby gave it their all late on at Franklin’s Gardens but Northampton Saints had done enough to secure a 19-13 victory.
A try from Charlie Clare and 12 points from the boot of Sam Olver proved crucial for Saints, with two late Gloucester try by Ollie Thorley and Dan Thomas in vain.
The win gives Northampton two from two in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, while Gloucester had to settle for a losing bonus point after their dramatic win over Saracens a week ago.
Northampton had the better of the first half, leading 13-3 thanks to Clare’s try shortly before the break.
Thomas was sin-binned early in the second as Saints looked set to run away with it, but Thorley, and then Thomas himself, hit back to set up a tantalising finale.
But it was not to be on this occasion for the Cherry & Whites, as Saints held on for the win on home soil.
It was Gloucester who had the first chance of the game, skipper Lewis Ludlow knocking on over the line after James Wilson had tried to do too much on his own line and lost the ball.
— Northampton Saints (@SaintsRugby) November 12, 2016
Still, they took the lead on nine minutes through a Billy Burns penalty, following a collapsed maul from the hosts.
Olver responded with two penalties in the space of five minutes to put Saints ahead before hooker Clare’s intervention from a maul after a period of domination from the Northampton pack.
Burns could have cut the deficit just before half-time, but his long-range penalty fell just short.
Thomas was given a ten-minute break early in the second half as Gloucester paid the price for a succession of breakdown infringements.
Joe Latta was next to be pinged – the Kiwi earning plenty of jeers from the crowd – which allowed Olver to stretch the Saints lead, before he slotted a drop goal to seemingly make the game safe.
Gloucester had pulled off a great escape a week ago against Saracens, and needed to score quickly if they were to do likewise here.
— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) November 12, 2016
They did come back into it somewhat when Thorley crossed for a fine individual try, powering through the final tackle after brilliantly claiming a high ball. Lloyd Evans missed the conversion.
There was still time for another Gloucester score, Thomas the fastest to a loose ball in the Saints in-goal.
Evans was again off-target with the conversion however, and Saints did enough to see out the game.
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