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LV= Cup: Northampton try drought ends in win over Gloucester
Northampton made it two wins from three LV= Cup Pool 4 games with a cosy 26-7 success against Gloucester at Franklin's Gardens.
Luther Burrell and Alex Waller crossed for Saints tries, ending a lengthy drought in front of their own fans, and they were efficient with the boot on their way to an impressive victory over their Aviva Premiership rivals.
A couple of early Gloucester infringements gave Ryan Lamb the chance to pop over a couple of penalties and give the home side a 6-0 lead.
Gloucester briefly led, as it turned out for the only time, when Ryan Mills made the most of a Scott Monahan break to score on his first outing for more than six months after knee surgery - he also converted.
But it was Lamb to the fore again for the Saints as they restored their lead seven minutes before half-time, the fly-half tricking the Cherry and Whites defence to allow Burrell to saunter home unchallenged for a try, the first the Saints had scored in front of their own fans since 24 November.
Northampton continued to dominate the forward battle after the break and Stephen Myler came off the bench to add six more points to their lead with two penalties.
And the game was completely over as a contest 13 minutes from the final whistle when prop Waller nipped around a ruck to plunge over after a powerful driving maul, with Myler's conversion ending the scoring.
Saints now only need to beat the Exeter Chiefs in their final pool game to secure a place in the semi-finals.
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|Saturday 1st November|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|16:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 2nd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Friday 7th November|
|19:30||Scarlets vs Northampton|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Saracens|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 8th November|
|16:30||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 9th November|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Leicester vs Sale|
|Friday 14th November|
|19:30||Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets|
|19:35||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Saturday 31st January|
|15:00||Scarlets vs London Irish|
|15:00||Wasps vs Cardiff Blues|
|15:00||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Sale|
|15:00||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Ospreys|
|15:00||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
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