Match Report: Northampton 23-20 Gloucester – Saints survive fightback
Northampton moves into the top half after a narrow win against Gloucester
Louis Picamoles try combined with Stephen Myler’s boot gave Saints a 13-3 lead at half-time
Replacement Tom Kessell touched down after the restart as the hosts edged to victory
Northampton picked up just their third win of the Premiership season on Friday as they saw off Gloucester 23-20 at Franklin’s Gardens.
France number eight Louis Picamoles‘ disputed try, after there appeared to be double movement, combined with the boot of Stephen Myler, put Saints 13-3 ahead at half-time.
Gloucester flanker Jacob Rowan reduced the deficit before wing Charlie Sharples finished a flowing team move to move the Cherry and Whites ahead.
Replacement scrum-half Tom Kessell though put Saints back in the driving seat before James Hook missed a penalty late on, which would have secured Gloucester a share of the spoils.
The result saw the Cherry and Whites fall to defeat for the first time on their travels this season.