(Photo credit - Martin Bennett)
Gloucester Rugby beat Saracens 25-24 to claim their first victory at the StoneX Stadium.
The Cherry and Whites scored three tries with Adam Hastings keeping the scoreboard ticking with two further penalties.
It was a tight and physical 80 minutes and it went down to the wire.
Gloucester Rugby were first to get on the scoreboard through a Fraser Balmain try. The prop powered over from the lineout drive as the Cherry and White maul proved powerful again.
The competitive nature of the game continued as Dom Morris and Rotimi Segun got over for the hosts and Saracens built a good lead.
The Cherry and Whites hadn’t helped themselves. Both Santiago Carreras and Lewis Ludlow were yellow carded in desperate attempts to stop the Sarries attack and it was with this two man advantage that the home side capitalised.
However, the score was tight at half time thanks to a try from Jack Singleton. Jordy Reid made an electric break and the hooker was there to collect the pass and get over to score making the score 14-12 to the hosts at the break.
In the second half, Hastings kept the scoreboard ticking with a penalty goal but Saracens were quick to get back in the lead from an Andy Christie try from the following restart.
Gloucester Rugby refused to stay behind and used the maul to get over for a further try. The driving push went over and it was Lewis Ludlow who was credited for the try, although the captain informed the media afterwards that it wasn't him who scored! It was in fact Jack Clement who went over for the try.
Nailing the conversion, Hastings put us in front and another penalty kick at goal gave the Cherry and Whites some breathing room.
It looked like Saracens were going to snatch the victory when Alex Lewington went over for a late try but Alex Lozowski’s failed conversion left the score 25-24 with just minutes on the clock.
It was a tense final few moments as Saracens fought back up the pitch but getting the turnover, Gloucester Rugby secured the narrow victory over the London club.
Key moment – Jack Singleton
It was a great try from the hooker who capitalised on Jordy Reid’s line break. The hooker has now scored six tries this season.
Gloucester Rugby have a week without a game before hosting Perpignan at Kingsholm in the Challenge Cup on the Saturday 22 January 5:30pm. Tickets are available here.