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Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 29 Northampton Saints 24

07 Oct 2017
Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 29 Northampton Saints 24

A brace from Henry Trinder helped Gloucester Rugby to a thrilling victory as they ended Northampton Saints run of four straight Aviva Premiership victories.

Trinder’s double as well as dot downs from Jason Woodward, Billy Twelvetrees and Willi Heinz ensured they maintained their perfect start at the Kingsholm.

Jamie Gibson, Harry Mallinder and Mike Haywood went over for the Saints but the Cherry and Whites held on for their third win of the season.

Gloucester got off to the perfect start as Trinder’s fine dummy allowed him to bisect the Saints backline as he tumbled over the line after being tripped.

The Saints response was immediate and incisive as a free-flowing move saw Luther Burrell slip in Gibson who was able to do the rest as he dotted down in the corner.

But the hosts went in ahead at the break after the ball was recycled to Trinder and he produces some fine footwork to beat Cobus Reinach and lunge for the line under pressure.

Saints were looking for a reaction from the get go and it was Harry Mallinder who got it as Ahsee Tuala breezed past two players with ease to set up the fly-half.

Yet the home side found themselves in front again as Woodward collected Heinz’s high kick in dominant fashion before running over to restore their advantage.

Twelvetrees was then able to pick the perfect line and went over between the posts to notch up his second try of the season and a bonus-point for the hosts.

It was a fine display from Heinz and he was able to get himself on the scoresheet with a fine try of his own after seeing a gap in the defence and breaking through to score.

The Saints were far from dead and buried as Mike Haywood rumbled over from the line-out to cut the deficit to four points but the visitors couldn’t make their late pressure tell and Gloucester held out.

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