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- Aviva Premiership
- 2nd Dec 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Vicarage Road
- Att: 5,960
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall pleased with battling spirit after win over Gloucester
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall praised his side's battling qualities after they held on to record a 28-23 victory over Gloucester despite a late surge from their opponents.
Fly-half Charlie Hodgson kicked 23 points for Sarries on his return to action after four weeks out with a fractured cheekbone, while Richard Wigglesworth scored their only try as they returned to second place in the Premiership.
Gloucester, who had two players sin-binned during the game, replied with tries from prop Dan Murphy and flanker Akapusi Qera, while Billy Twelvetrees kicked their other 13 points.
McCall picked out late replacement Nick Auterac for particular praise after the 20-year-old played a crucial role in the scrum as Saracens held off the Gloucester onslaught.
"The team showed a lot of character today," said McCall.
"We brought on Nick, who hasn't much Premiership experience, for a couple of scrums on our line, so maybe it wasn't the kindest thing I've ever done to him.
"But that last scrum was amazing. He's a really talented kid who's come through our academy. We're well blessed with looseheads and Nick is going to be the future."
Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies felt his side were unlucky to lose a close contest.
"It could have gone either way at the end. There were a couple of big calls that the referee had to make. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't," he said.
"I was pleased with the way my team stuck to their task. We ended up outscoring Saracens two tries to one, which is no mean feat here.
"This team are working for each other, which is really important. There were areas of our game I wasn't particularly pleased with but we know we're a work in progress."Heineken Cup. Click here to bet.
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Leicester|
|Sunday 5th October|
|14:00||Sale vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|Friday 10th October|
|19:45||Leicester vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 11th October|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Saracens vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|15:15||Northampton vs Sale|
|Sunday 12th October|
|14:00||Wasps vs Bath|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
|Wasps 20 - 16 Northampton|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Exeter 20 - 24 Leicester|
|Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale Sharks|
|Bath 53 - 26 London Welsh|
|Friday 12th September|
|Harlequins 0 - 39 Saracens|
|Sunday 7th September|
|London Welsh 0 - 52 Exeter|
|Saturday 6th September|
|London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins|
|Leicester 36 - 17 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 29 Bath|
|Saracens 34 - 28 Wasps|
|Friday 5th September|
|Northampton 53 - 6 Gloucester|
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