Sarries edge past Gloucester

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Gloucester 17-19 Saracens

Saracens continued their strong start to the season with a hard-fought 19-17 victory at Gloucester.

In a game dominated by the boot, Saracens found themselves up against a dangerous-looking Gloucester side.

The tone for the game was set with a scuffle at the first breakdown, and Gloucester soon took the lead with a Freddie Burns penalty.

The home side then extended their lead after Olly Morgan returned an aimless kick to score a try in the corner.

Sarries hit back with a penalty of their own, before Gloucester responded to give them an eight point lead at the break.

Both sides traded penalties in the second half, and also found themselves down to 14 men as Rhys Gill and Nick Wood were sin binned for an off-the-ball scuffle.

However, Saracens showed great fortitude to fight back and a Farrell penalty brought them into range with eight minutes remaining.

The fly-half then threaded a grubber kick through the defence for Brad Barritt to collect and score, with Farrell’s conversion giving the visitors the narrow win.

Saracens were probably second best on the pitch throughout the game, but once again showed their character and determination to overturn a points deficit to snatch a win at the last.

This spirit will see them in good stead with some difficult games to come.