Gloucester Rugby fell short in Round 1 of the Gallagher Premiership and slipped to a 34-20 loss to Northampton Saints.
The Cherry and Whites scored three tries through Ollie Thorley, Jordy Reid and Jonny May but ultimately come away empty handed from cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.
It was a tight opening first half and the Cherry and Whites took a few minutes to find their feet and get back into playing top flight rugby.
Northampton were first to get on the board through a penalty kick and soon extended their lead further thanks to a George Furbank try.
The conversion from James Grayson gave the home side a 10 point advantage but it wasn’t long before Gloucester Rugby were back in the game.
It looked like Jack Clement had got over for Gloucester Rugby but the TMO deemed there was a forward pass from Lewis Ludlow at the lineout.
Ollie Thorley was able to dot down though. It was Lloyd Evans with some silky skills in attack which led to Kyle Moyle making the break and offloading to Thorley who thundered over to score.
Two yellow cards to Jack Singleton and Jack Clement in the first half didn't help the Cherry and White effort but coming out of the half time break, the score was close at 10-5.
Gloucester Rugby got on the scoreboard first in the second half through a Lloyd Evans penalty but it was Northampton who scored the first tries.
James Grayson and Nick Auterac both got over for the home side and with the conversions added, the lead built was healthy.
In true Gloucester Rugby fashion, the Cherry and Whites used this as fuel and it was Jordy Reid who powered over from short range to get down for the try.
Lloyd Evans kicked the conversion but Northampton kept their scoreboard ticking with a penalty kick.
Grayson then went for the drop goal but Freddie Clarke charged it down and raced away. He fed Jonny May who sped to the corner but the TMO judged that he was in touch and was therefore denied the try.
However, on his second attempt a few minutes later, Jonny May was able to get over the line after a period of solid attack from Gloucester Rugby.
Northampton had the final say and it was Tom Wood who scored, much to the home fans delight, to end the game 34-20 to Northampton.
Gloucester Rugby put everything into trying to get one more score to secure the bonus point and maintained some good attack but Northampton soon had possession of the ball and kicked it to touch to end the game.
Key moment – Jonny May dots down on the second time of asking
After being denied a try, Jonny May refused to stay off the scoreboard and bounced back with a great score to touch down in the right-hand corner.
The Gloucester Rugby attack was building nicely and Jonny May received the ball with just enough space for him to wriggle and wrestle his way to the line.
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