MARCEL GARVEY struck twice in the last three minutes of last night's Guinness A League encounter to fire Gloucester to a convincing victory over Saracens.
The Kingsholm winger showed a glimpse of his blistering pace with two expert finishes in the last three minutes of Gloucester's 36-13 victory at Kingsholm.
His first came in the 78th minute when James Merriman broke up a Saracens attack with a steal and powerful break forward before Rob Thirlby gave Garvey the scoring pass 50 metres out. He had enough pace to get round the cover and add the bonus point score to Gloucester's effort.
And his second came two minutes later when, with Saracens plotting one last attack, Gloucester turned possession over. Quinton Davids found Brad Davies in midfield, Anthony Allen came into support before Narraway added his weight to the attack before setting Garvey free for another excellent try.
It was a good overall performance from Gloucester. Narraway, Merriman and Dean Miller were excellent in the back row, Mark Cornwell marshalled his troops effectively at lock and there was plenty of threat in the backs.
Scrum-half James Donovan and winger Matthew Nuttall, both from Wales, impressed with their work-rate and effort throughout as Gloucester slowly built up a commanding lead.
Saracens, who included Richard Haughton, Dan Scarbrough, Kevin Yates, Matt Cairns and Ben Broster were a handful, particulalry when stand-off Ben J Russell was allowed to get to his hands on the ball, so this was a good victory for Gloucester.
Russell kicked a second minute penalty to give Saracens the lead and after Ryan Lamb had missed two shots at goal, landed his third to level the scores after 20 minutes.
Five minutes later Gloucester got their first try. Donovan fed out from a scrum 10 metres from the line, Lamb and Anthony Allen combined before Garvey came in off his wing to put Thirlby in for a well-worked try. The conversion made it 10-3.
Russell cut the gap to 10-6 with a penalty but right on half-time, Gloucester scored again. Narraway was on hand to intercept a wayward Saracens pass in midfield and show good pace to score from 40 metres.
However, Saracens started the second half strongly and scored a very neat try themselves after 42 minutes. Nnamdi Obi hit the line at pace off his wing and combined with Billy O'Driscoll who fed Scarbrough to score from short range.
Saracens dominated territory thereafter for a considerable period of time but were unable to find their way across the line again, despite the promptings of Russell.
Gloucester weathered the storm and hit Sarries with three tries in the last 19 minutes. The third was a second for Narraway, who again picked a lovely angle in midfield following long passes from Donovan and Lamb to score to the left of the sticks.
The try put Gloucester 22-13 ahead and Garvey's late show added a comfortable feel to another excellent night of rugby.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).