The game became a contest of the two packs early on, with Northampton driving effectively straight from the kick off sending Gloucester retreating back into their own half at a rate of knots.
It wasn't long before the Gloucester pack, coached by the senior squads Peter Buxton began to take some ascendancy with some big carrying from Will Goodrick-Clark, Ryan Charles and Tom Lushington.
This put scrum half Reece Boughton on the front foot ,allowing him to use the boot to gain some good field position for the Cherry and Whites.
Early dominance in the lineout soon took its toll on the Saints, and the Gloucester pack secured possession and marched their way to the try line, where Goodrick-Clark touched down to give Gloucester their first points of the game. The conversion was missed but the score was 5-0 to the home side.
The physical intensity of the half continued as both teams fought for control of the breakdown, with Gloucester's back row combination of Lewis Ludlow, Sam Underhill and Tom Lushington contributing heavily to Gloucester's workload in and around the tackle area.
It was, however, a breakdown offence that saw Northampton pick up the only other points of the first half, when fly half Sam Oliver took advantage of a side entry call from match referee Phil Watters, taking the half time score to Gloucester 5, Northampton 3.
Northampton started the second half the brighter of the two sides and, despite Gloucester having the wind at their backs, they found themselves under a sustained period of pressure which saw their defensive systems stretched to their limits.
Northampton scored through an individual effort from winger Alex Wootton who broke blind from a lineout drive, and managed to retrieve his own chip ahead to go over in the corner, and with the conversion missed, this took the score to 5-8.
Northampton then continued to throw the kitchen sink at Gloucester, and created several opportunities which were only prevented through intense work rate and committed tackling from the entire squad.
Things were not about to get any easier for Gloucester. As the pressure told they were reduced to 13 men when second row Jonny Hill, and back row Will Safe were sent to the bin for 2 further infringements at the breakdown inside their own half.
At this point, many expected Northampton to finish the job but, to Gloucester's credit they dug deep, and when tested out wide wingers, Jack Lawthom and Ollie Thorley came up trumps with some superb cover tackling.
Once back to 15 players, Gloucester regained the dominance in the scrum and lineout that they showed throughout the first half with Jonny Hill playing a leading role in both.
With this they managed to wrestle back momentum, and replacement scrum half Ollie Young added spice to the Gloucester attack.
A short spell just outside the Northampton 22 saw Gloucester pile the pressure on, producing quick ball which in turn cause Saints to infringe at the breakdown.
With 10 minutes on the clock Gloucester kicked to the corner, and once again set up a drive from the lineout, and with the sort of momentum that would have sent the Shed into hysteria, drove the Saints pack over their own try line to score what was to prove the winning try.
The score was locked at 10-8, and Gloucester had a chance to extend their lead with the last play, when second row Simon Linsell sprinted down the touchline only for play to be halted a metre from the try line.
Coach Buxton was happy with the performance, although admits there is still work to be done ahead of the team's trip to face Leeds Carnegie at Huddersfield YMCA this coming Saturday.
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