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.
Speaking to the local media this week, back row flanker Jacob Rowan said that he is excited for the challenge at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and added that the players know the responsibility is theirs to deliver against the league leaders.
Ben Morgan was on media duty this week, and as Gloucester prepare for Sunday's trip to Wasps, the number eight is looking forward to see Gloucester go toe-to-toe with another of the Aviva Premiership's front runners.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
After the disappointment of last weekend's performance at Leicester, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told GRTV that he expects a big response from Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Saracens (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester battled bravely against Wasps on Sunday, but it was a case of taking chances at the Ricoh Arena. Gloucester didn't make the most of theirs while Wasps did, and that proved to be the difference.
Gloucester were competitive for long periods at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon, but were left to rue a host of missed scoring opportunities throughout as Wasps hit back to earn a 35-22 Aviva Premiership win.
Gloucester's Ciaran Knight made his first start at tighthead prop, Henry Walker made his first appearance as a second half replacement and Alex Seville also featured as England U20s might it three from three in the U20s Six Nations with a 46-0 win over Italy in Darlington on Friday night.